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Dress Codes in Courtrooms

The Wall Street Journal's Law Blog has a posting called, "A Judge's Crusade Against Saggy Pants," reporting about a defendant's imprisonment for wearing allegedly offensive clothing in the courtroom. Apparently, the defendant was charged in Alabama's Autauga County Circuit Court with "contempt of court" for wearing saggy pants at his plea hearing. The judge told USA Today that he didn't think the penalty was excessive. In fact he told reporters, "the only thing that's different is that most of the time I give a person five days in jail."

Easy moral to this story: Always keep emergency belts handy for court appearances. Or conversely, don't appear in Autauga County Court unless you pass muster with that court's fashion police first.


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