No doubt Judge Jackie Glass has many achievements on her resume, but she is known nationally for one thing: sentencing OJ Simpson to prison. Now she is leaving the real courtroom for a TV set.
Media outlets in Las Vegas confirm that Glass has submitted her resignation to Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval. She has served for over eight years as a judge of the District Court in Clark County, which includes Las Vegas.
Glass will replace Nancy Grace on the syndicated TV show “Swift Justice.” Grace, who is also featured on Atlanta-based CNN, declined to relocate as CBS Television Distribution decided to move production of the one-year-old show to Los Angeles from Atlanta.
Judge Glass rose to national attention in 2008 when she presided over the trial of OJ Simpson resulting from events at a Las Vegas hotel. He was convicted of armed robbery and she sentenced him to nine years in prison without parole.
This is a bit of career déjà vu for Glass. She got a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and began a reporting career in Las Vegas radio, eventually moving to TV and focusing on the crime beat. That led her to go back to college and earn a law degree at the University of San Diego. After 18 years in private practice in Nevada she ran successfully for the bench – and now is leaving to head back to TV.