Andrew Napolitano

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Andrew Napolitano
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Judge of the
New Jersey Superior Court
In office
Appointed by Thomas Kean
Personal details
Born Andrew P. Napolitano
(1950-06-06) June 6, 1950 (age 64)
Newark, New Jersey
Alma mater Princeton University
Notre Dame Law School
Occupation Judge
Media Personality
Religion Roman Catholic[citation needed]
Website Biography on

Andrew P. Napolitano (born June 6, 1950) is a former New Jersey Superior Court Judge. He is a political and senior judicial analyst for Fox News Channel, commenting on legal news and trials. Napolitano has written several books on legal and political subjects.

Early life and judicial and academic career[edit]

Napolitano was born in Newark, New Jersey. He is a graduate of Princeton University (he was a founding member of the Concerned Alumni of Princeton[1]) and Notre Dame Law School. Napolitano sat on the New Jersey bench from 1987 to 1995, becoming the state's youngest then-sitting Superior Court judge. He resigned his judgeship in 1995 for private practice but later pursued a writing and television career. He also served as an adjunct professor at Seton Hall University School of Law for 11 years. Currently, Napolitano is a distinguished visiting professor at Brooklyn Law School.

Media career[edit]

Before joining Fox as a news analyst, Napolitano was the presiding judge for the first season of Twentieth Television's syndicated court show Power of Attorney (2000–02), in which people brought small-claims disputes to a televised courtroom. Differing from similar formats, the plaintiffs and defendants were represented pro bono by famous attorneys. Napolitano departed the series after its first season.

From 2006 to 2010, Napolitano co-hosted a talk radio show on Fox News Radio with Brian Kilmeade titled Brian and the Judge.

Napolitano hosted a libertarian talk show called Freedom Watch that aired daily, with new episodes on weekdays, on Fox Business Channel.[2] Frequent guests on Freedom Watch were Congressman Ron Paul and Lew Rockwell. Napolitano has promoted the works of Friedrich Hayek, Milton Friedman and Ludwig von Mises on his program. The show originally aired once a week, every Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. on Fox News' Strategy Room.

On September 14, 2009, it became a show that aired three to four times a week. On June 12, 2010, it debuted as a weekly show on Fox Business. The show was one of several programs dropped in February 2012, when FBN revamped its entire primetime lineup.[3]

Napolitano regularly substituted for television host Glenn Beck when Beck was absent from his program. After Beck announced that he would be leaving Fox News, he asked Napolitano to replace him.[4]


Napolitano describes himself as pro-life and holds that abortion "should be prohibited."[5] He also opposes capital punishment: "I don't believe that the state has the moral authority to execute."[6]

The Constitution applies to persons, not just citizens. If you read the Constitution, its protections are not limited to Americans. And that was written intentionally, because at the time it was written, they didn't know what Native Americans would be. When the post Civil War amendments were added, they didn't know how blacks would be considered, because they had a decision of the Supreme Court called Dred Scott, that said blacks are not persons. So in order to make sure the Constitution protected every human being: American, alien; citizen, non-citizen; lawful combatant, enemy combatant; innocent, guilty; those who wish us well, those who wish us ill...they use the broadest possible language, to make it clear: Wherever the government goes, the Constitution goes, and wherever the Constitution goes, the protections that it guarantees restrain the government and requires it to protect those rights.[7]

Napolitano said of the September 11 attacks and the subsequent collapse of the World Trade Tower buildings in New York City: "It's hard for me to believe that the [7 World Trade Center] came down by itself. I was gratified to see Geraldo Rivera investigating it. I'm gratified to see the people across the border interested," said Napolitano. "I think twenty years from now, people will look at 9–11 the way we look at the assassination of JFK today. It couldn't possibly have been done the way the government told us."[8]

Napolitano believes the Supreme Court's ruling on inter-racial marriage in the 1967 case Loving v. Virginia set a precedent that would also require state recognition of same-sex marriage.[9]

In February 2014, Napolitano expressed disdain for Abraham Lincoln on Fox News. He explained that "I am a contrarian on Abraham Lincoln," because, according to Napolitano, "Lincoln set about the most murderous war in American history." Slavery in the U.S., according to Napolitano, could have been done away with through peaceful means. At the same time, Napolitano also argued that states in which slavery was legal did not secede out of fear of abolitionism: "largely the impetus for secession was tariffs."[10]


Napolitano splits his time living in Manhattan and Newton, New Jersey where he owns a farm that produces maple syrup.[11]

Napolitano has stated that he is not related to former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, whom he sometimes jokingly calls "Cousin Janet".[12][13]


  • Constitutional Chaos: What Happens When the Government Breaks its Own Laws (2004) ISBN 9780785260837
  • The Constitution in Exile: How the Federal Government Has Seized Power by Rewriting the Supreme Law of the Land (2006) ISBN 9781595550705
  • A Nation of Sheep (2007) ISBN 9781595551924
  • Dred Scott's Revenge: A Legal History of Race and Freedom in America (2009) ISBN 9781418575571
  • Lies the Government Told You: Myth, Power, and Deception in American History (2010) ISBN 9781418584245
  • It is Dangerous to be Right When the Government is Wrong: The Case for Personal Freedom (2011) ISBN 9781595554130
  • Theodore and Woodrow: How Two American Presidents Destroyed Constitutional Freedom (2012) ISBN 9781595554215
  • The Freedom Answer Book: How the Government Is Taking Away Your Constitutional Freedoms (2013) ISBN 9781400320295
  • Suicide Pact: The Radical Expansion of Presidential Powers and the Lethal Threat to American Liberty (2014) ISBN 978-0718021931


  1. ^ Sethi, Chanakya (November 18, 2005). [dead link] "Alito '72 joined conservative alumni group". Daily Princetonian. Retrieved January 14, 2011. 
  2. ^ Stelter, Brian (June 13, 2010). "Libertarian Talk, Now on Fox Business Network". The New York Times. 
  3. ^ Fox Business Network Cancels Entire Primetime Lineup. The Huffington Post. February 10, 2012
  4. ^ Mirkinson, Jack (April 7, 2011). "Glenn Beck To Andrew Napolitano: You Should Replace Me (VIDEO)". Huffington Post. 
  5. ^ Nick Gillespie from the March 2005 issue. "The Born-Again Individualist – Reason Magazine". Retrieved April 6, 2011. 
  6. ^ Nick Gillespie from the March 2005 issue. "The Born-Again Individualist – Reason Magazine". Retrieved October 26, 2013. 
  7. ^ Judge Andrew Napolitano & Alan Colmes discuss Gitmo on YouTube, discussing the Supreme Court rulings on the scope of the protections in the Constitution.
  8. ^ "Fox takes heat from left and right over analysts". CNN. December 1, 2010. Retrieved December 8, 2010. 
  9. ^ "Should States Be the Ultimate Deciders of the Legality of Same-Sex Marriage?". Fox News. May 9, 2012. Retrieved August 18, 2012. 
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  11. ^ [dead link] "Sussex County maple syrup available". The Advertiser-News. Straus Newspapers. March 27, 2008. ""We collected 800 gallons of sap from our sugar maples and had it boiled down to 24 gallons of delicious, pure maple syrup that area residents can sample from the local shops that have agreed to carry our glass-jarred, locally made syrup," said FoxNews commentator Judge Andrew P. Napolitano, proprietor of Vine Hill Farm." 
  12. ^ MacIntyre, April (November 18, 2010). "Judge Andrew Napolitano's fatwa on TSA and 'cousin Janet' on FBN". Monsters and Critics. Retrieved August 9, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Glenn Beck: TSA pat downs a violation of the Fourth Amendment?". Glenn Beck Program. November 24, 2010. Retrieved August 9, 2012. 

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