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  • LINY
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    Originally posted by jason860 View Post
    Her outfit might have gotten her past a velvet rope, but in a Brooklyn courtroom it could mean seven years in the slammer.
    If you guys know anything about the court system in NYC, especially Brooklyn, you know it will be way less than that.

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  • LA DEP
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    That outfit is mild compared to some of the stuff I have seen people wear while coming to court......and the judges dont say a word about it.

    I am actually surprised when I see someone show up in a pair of dress pants and collared shirt.

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  • Dinosaur32
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    But the judge is in her robe on the bench, the defendant is not.

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  • Smurfette_76
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    Originally posted by Dinosaur32 View Post
    Smurfette.....That has always the judge's style of dress.
    Then I dare say one can argue (devil's advocate) that the defendant's style of dress has 'always' been that way; dressing in an evening gown is no more respectful to the court, IMHO.

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  • chad7613
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    I've had to go to court numerous times. I am always either in a dress shirt, tie and slacks or uniform. There is one exception, I was a states witness in a DUI case and was put on stand by. The prosecutor told me that if she didn't call me by 1100 that I would probably not have to come in that day. Well at just after 1300 my phone rings as I'm out eating lunch with a couple friends "Can you be to the court within 30 min?" she asks. Uhm, yeah but I won't have time to change. I had to go in wearing blue jeans and a polo shirt and felt like a turd for doing so. If I was a judge I would mandate a dress code for trials. I don't need to see all the newest, coolest fashions in my court room.

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  • Dinosaur32
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    Smurfette.....That has always the judge's style of dress.

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  • Smurfette_76
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    I get the Judge's POV and agree completely. It's hard to think the Defendant takes the issue seriously when they can't bother to be respectful to the court.

    On the other hand, the link Mav provided in reference to the Judge's appearance and manner of dress, refers to her as wearing evening dresses. If that is, in fact, the case then that in itself is tacky. Court isn't a party, a cocktail event, a fashion show or a social gathering. WTF are you wearing an evening dress?

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  • MD11pilot
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    Originally posted by Justsaying View Post
    She should have said "That's how you respect this Court?"

    I think people should go to court like you would go for a job interview, but I understand that too has changed.
    That is beginning to change as well since many people advise that while you should be neat and clean its often a good idea to dress for the job, IE: if you want to apply for a trade job then going to an interview in a suit or even business casual might be inappropriate, so you should wear a clean pair of jeans and blue collared work shirt instead.

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  • GIOSTORMUSNRET
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    Originally posted by Fëanor View Post
    Not that I'm advocating dressing poorly for court, but am I the only one who thinks it goes to this judge's head?

    "That's how you're going to impress me?" - Judge

    Your Honor, no one is supposed to be here to impress you. YOU are here to make a ruling about how the law should apply to this particular case. It just so happens that you are human and your opinion of a person will tend to color your decision.
    Yes that person in this situation was there to impress the judge. A plea deal isn't fnal unless the judge accepts it. Besides going to court in appropriate attire and admitting guilt is part of the plea deal, not bringing ghetto into the court.

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  • Dinosaur32
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    The first phrase I teach my clients is "YES, your honor." And they must come to court dressed appropriately. I'm not saying business suit on a 17 year old, but a dress shirt and khakis goes a long way when up against a tee-shirt and droopy pants. A good first impression can really help.

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  • Firestone
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    Originally posted by Fëanor View Post
    Not that I'm advocating dressing poorly for court, but am I the only one who thinks it goes to this judge's head?

    "That's how you're going to impress me?" - Judge

    Your Honor, no one is supposed to be here to impress you. YOU are here to make a ruling about how the law should apply to this particular case. It just so happens that you are human and your opinion of a person will tend to color your decision.

    It wasn't a trial, it was a plea. Despite the articles focus on clothing, it also notes that the defendant had come to a previous proceeding under the influence of drugs, refused to admit she had a drug problem nor would she accept treatment, refused to admit her guilt/tried to minimize her roll in the crime she was pleading guilty to, and yes, dressed like a tramp. The judge was well within her discretion to refuse the plea and order the defendant stand trial. Yes the defendant should have to impress upon the judge that she is worthy of the benefits of a plea bargain.

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  • RiverFox
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    I think the modesty in general is slowly going extinct, not just in courts and interviews. I see some kids in high school wearing the most ridiculous of outfits, dressing in a way I would have gotten smacked for doing when.. I ... was that age.

    Wow. Just had an 'old' moment there.

    Ahem, anyway, I think society is slacking on enforcing what is acceptable and professional in regards to the fads and fashion that people are exposed to and then carry out for themselves. I understand part of it is also on the individual person lacking brain cells but you look at some celebrities' attire when they attend court and then this girl wearing tattered jeans and a striped shirt, makes you wonder where they learned that this was 'appropriate.'

    That's my two-cents.
    -River

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  • Justsaying
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    She should have said "That's how you respect this Court?"

    I think people should go to court like you would go for a job interview, but I understand that too has changed.

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  • Fëanor
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    Not that I'm advocating dressing poorly for court, but am I the only one who thinks it goes to this judge's head?

    "That's how you're going to impress me?" - Judge

    Your Honor, no one is supposed to be here to impress you. YOU are here to make a ruling about how the law should apply to this particular case. It just so happens that you are human and your opinion of a person will tend to color your decision.

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  • mavriktu
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    Originally posted by Dinosaur32 View Post
    You'd like looking at her too.
    http://www.myspace.com/nixzmarybrown...2%3A9478304%7D

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