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Considering the NAACP's hullabaloo over the lack of positive portrayals of ethnic minorities on TV, half of the dozen-plus court room shows on air or hoping to be by fall have picked African Americans as host. Here's a look at some of them.

Judge Greg Mathis

A Detroit-area district judge who made Michigan history by being the youngest person to ever make it to the bench.

"Judge Mathis"

Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution

Judge Joe Brown, an L.A. native presiding in Memphis, gained recognition trying to win a new trial for James Earl Ray, the convicted killer of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Judge Joe Brown"

Worldvision Enterprises

James Curtis, a prosecutor in the Riverside, Calif. judicial system since 1989.

"Curtis Court"

King World

Christopher Darden, whose claim to fame is the O.J. Simpson trial.

"Power of Attorney"

Twentieth Television

Norm Early, a former Denver district attorney.

"Judgment Day,"

Pearson Television.

Mablean Ephriam, a Los Angeles County family law practictioner and mediator.

"Divorce Court"

Twentieth Television

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