A Statement From Judge Ito

Judge Lance Ito.....Mark McKinney

Announcer: And now, a statement from California Judge Lance Ito.

Judge Lance Ito: Hello. This week, New York Sen. Alfonse D'Amato accused me - Judge Ito - of prolonging the Simpson trial, while mocking me in a stereotypical Japanese accent. Now, I don't want to take too much of your time here, I just simply want set the record straight on a couple of counts.

Firstly, I am not prolonging the Simpson trial.

Secondly, I do not speak with a Japanses accent. I think Sen. D'Amato should remember that, as the child of immigrants, both he and I have a special responsibility to combat prejudice. I mean, I could sit here and make fun of Italians. That would be easy - after all, I'm a judge, and I see a lot of them coming through my courtroom! But I'm not gonna do that! However, I would like to do an impression I've been trying out during the sidebars - it's Sen. D'Amato's sister making love to a mule. Okay. Here goes.. [ slicks his hair back with his hands ]

[ in thick Itlaian accent ] "Ohh.. dat's-a feel-a good! Ohh.. dat's-a good-a, boss-a! Oh, wait-a! Stop-a! Mamma mia, I burn-a da spaghetti!" [ laughs maniacally ]

Okay, Senator, now we're even. "Live, from New York, it's Saturday Night!"

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