Dichotomy in Judge Philpot’s attitude towards women. Part 2: Maddonas and Matriarchs


Madonnas and Matriarchs
Judge Philpot seems prone to a Madonna/whore complex in his attitude towards women as revealed in his autobiographical novel “Judge Z: Irretrievably Broken”. Below is a list of female characters depicted as wronged or saintly mothers.
Name
Description
Angelina Zenas
The judge’s deceased wife who died from cancer two years prior. The issue of “Childless marriage” is addressed according to the book’s publicity, by her posthumous mention.
Susie Hughes
Loving, blonde newlywed wife to rookie pastor Billy Hughes. Her courtship to Billy was diligently supervised by her religious Baptist parents to ensure no hanky-panky occurred before marriage. Her father Joe is a former Nationwide Insurance agent. Judge Philpot gives her character the same maiden name as his own real-life wife, Susan Davis.
Peggy Sue Fernando
Long-suffering wife of philandering Venezuelan teen porn enthusiast,  Augusto Fernando. Her children flock to her from their alienated playboy father.
Connie Patel
Long-suffering wife divorcing the deceptive, philandering Dr. Gupta Patel – also hated by his children in favor of their mother.
Beulah Zenas
The judge’s mother. Age 80. She is the primary voice of wisdom for her son. Her Sunday afternoon dinners provide an avenue for conversations about family and marriage. Her death provides an emotional ending to the book. Beulah’s middle name was Virginia, the same as Judge Philpot’s mother’s first name.  “Everyone called her Virginia. Some people called her Ginny.” In the book she becomes pregnant at age 17 by the son of a local deacon who subsequently abandons her. She secretly gives the baby girl up for adoption in Cincinnati.
Nicole Mason
Black law student admired by Judge Z for echoing his conservative views. She becomes his primary assistant for the central trial in the book.  She had two children and her husband was a teacher, coach and pastor at one of Lexington’s biggest inner-city churches. Her father had been one of the first black judges in Virginia.
Karen Martin
The judge’s protective secretary who is ever present in court and lends him the book written by Nujood Ali – 10 year old divorced Yemini girl.
Katy Beth
A middle class nineteen-year-old intern from Asbury University who sits in and marvels at Judge Z’s court
Patti Coldiron
An ally of the judge who works in the prosecutor’s office.
Danielle Shirley
Anti-abortion counselor to whom the judge refers litigants considering abortions.
Alexandra Sutton
Second-year law student interning with “Judge Lowe” in criminal court, who while fetching some files, encounters the Judge Z in an elevator and perceives his holy aura. She becomes an admirer of his piety.
Dr. Jeannine Raleigh
ICU doctor caring for Judge Z’s mother as she dies from a stroke.
Mary Elizabeth Stirling
Mary is one of the central characters in the book. The judge attempts to salvage her marriage by requiring a hearing against the wishes of her Catholic husband Harry before granting a divorce.  Her parents were Clay county Baptist, she converted to marry Harry with whom she has three children.  She “had affair with a doctor a few years ago” but the judge is able to save her marriage by replaying video clips of their marriage vows.
“Duck Chow” Yang
Chinese mother of 2 year old girl Meggie who is being divorced by her husband Prof. Zhiu and who asks the judge what it means for a marriage to be “irretrievably broken”. He grants the divorce without requesting any hearing after punishing the philandering husband with a severe support order.
Serena Murdock
Serena, twenty-six, the mother of a six-year-old boy. “The father was missing, of course. She was on probation for various drug offenses, but drug court had saved her life”. She heeds the judge’s advice to forego an abortion, marries her boyfriend Sam, and lives happily ever after.
Natasha
Natasha runs a coffee shop and confides with the judge because she is considering divorcing her abusive, drug addicted  husband  Eddie. Their children are named Amy, Ben, Hope and Faith.

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