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Arnold Koppelson
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"Judge" Arnold Koppelson, played by Phil Leeds
Vital statistics
Gender: Male
Court Clerk, Brooklyn Municipal Court
Led a 30 year charade, in posing as a judge; presided over Harry's courtroom for 3 1/2 hours until it's dicovered that he is really only a court clerk
Appearances/Series information
Appeared on: Night Court
appeared in:
"An Old Flame" (Season 2)
Played by: Phil Leeds

Judge Arnold Koppelson was a character who appeared in the Season 2 episode of Night Court titled "An Old Flame". The part of Judge Koppelson was played in the episode by veteran TV/film actor/comedian Phil Leeds.

About Arnold

In the episode "An Old Flame", Arnold Koppelson, an attorney who was appointed to the bench in the mid 1950's as a judge in the Brooklyn Municipal Court, around 1955, presided over the courtroom for a brief session, he found it to be an honor that Harry allowed him to hear cases in his courtroom.

At first distrustful of him, except for Harry, who admired his work as a judge, the rest of the gang gets charmed by his affableness, as he even complimented Dan, who was the most distrustful of him, on his work, saying that the fact the he was only an assistant D.A. was "an oversight that could easily be corrected!"

Arnold served on the Brooklyn Municipal Court for 30 years before it was discovered by Mac while thumbing through records of the case of the transfer the case of some grand jury felons which cases he presided over, that he wasn't really a judge at all, that he was never actually appointed to be one, and that he wasn't even an attorney, for he didn't have a law degree, that he was really a court clerk.

Judge Stone, taking a line from a transcript of one of the cases which Judge Koppelson presided over that day, where Arnold showed leniency in the case of one of the defendants, decided he show the same leniency in not bringing up charges against Arnold, saying that "it would only cost the city of New York a lot of money and red tape", as he allowed Arnold to go home, and signed off on all 84 cases he oversaw that day!