Franklin Court of Common Pleas Judge Tim Horton gives this month’s Final Word. Judge Horton, a graduate of the OSU Moritz College of Law, expounds on reality TV, love, superstitions and misconceptions about the court system, among other topics. Check out our Q&A to read his closing remarks.
What type of animal would you compare yourself to?
A lion. There’s a mentality of those who want to be the best, to conquer and protect—and they rule.
Coffee or tea?
Is Starbucks overrated?
It’s a chain—of course.
Cats or dogs?
Wheel of Fortune or Jeopardy?
Wheel of Fortune.
What is your pet peeve?
What would you do if you were told you only had two months to live?
I would spend every breath making sure that I lived life to the fullest by honoring all those who came before me, by trying to establish a legacy for those coming after me—my kids—and by inspiring my family and my community. I love giving the gift of inspiration. Everyone has their different beliefs and faiths—I would like to be able to wake up and have God pleased with my work.
Would you ever be a part of a reality show?
Sure. It depends on the show, though. I just received a text from a friend that is interested in some legal type of show. If there’s a show that wouldn’t compromise integrity and totally exploit our judicial system, then I would love to do it. It must be something where you can educate the world about our system—the best system in the world.
What’s one thing you do on a daily basis?
When I wake up in the morning, before I leave for work, my family and I always get together and say a short prayer. Then I kiss my kids goodbye. I love them to death.
If you could live anywhere in the entire world, where would it be, and why?
Probably one of the Carolinas. I need to have that natural warm weather and a tropical climate, followed by a brief brush of winter. Then I would continue to enjoy all the freedoms and privileges of the United States. I wouldn’t trade that for anything.
Was it love or lust at first sight?
When I first saw my wife, I knew she was special. I love my wife to death. It wasn’t something where it was just lust—it was love. If it is the right view, you’ll probably see both.
Are you superstitious?
Only a little bit, but it depends. I appreciate routines. If things work, I keep going with it. Some may say that’s superstition. If so, well, there you go.
What type of songs do you have on your iPod?
I’m embarrassed to say I don’t have an iPod.
Do you believe in ghosts?
I don’t believe in ghosts, but I believe in spirits. There’s a subtle distinction in my mind. Ghosts seem more lost and haunted. A spirit has a purpose.
What’s the most difficult issue facing the court system today?
The disconnect between the judicial system and our communities. We don’t understand it. If we had more dialogue and more exposure about the system, that would lead to better trust. Certain communities just don’t trust the judicial system. If there was any area that I would try to improve, it would be more transparency with the judicial system and the community.
What sinful food can you not resist?
Just do it.