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    Her outfit might have gotten her past a velvet rope, but in a Brooklyn courtroom it could mean seven years in the slammer.

    A sassy Brooklyn teen killed her chance for probation after prancing in front of an iron-fisted judge with an air of arrogance and a sexy outfit that bared her bra straps and tacky tattoos. She now faces hard time for a felony-assault rap.

    Sullen, 17-year-old Chazmia Morrison had been charged with participating in a vicious April 1 beatdown of a fellow female student amid jealousy over a singing competition at Brooklyn Academy HS in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

    Yesterday, Morrison strutted up to the defense table wearing tattered jeans and an off-the-shoulder striped shirt that displayed hearts and stars tattoos on her shoulders.

    "Are you going to a club or something?" asked incredulous Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Patricia DiMango. "You're showing me your tattoos, your bra straps. That's how you're going to impress me?"

    DiMango, 58, has a well-deserved reputation for being as tough as nails -- and the most impeccably turned-out jurist in Brooklyn. Yesterday, she wore a summery, sleeveless, off-white ensemble.

    The sharp-tongued judge, who also sported an elegant lilac manicure, was already disenchanted with Morrison, who wore bright Barbie-pink nail polish, because the teen had admitted that the last time she came to court she was high on marijuana.

    At that hearing, Morrison was supposed to plead guilty to attempted felony assault in exchange for five years' probation and youthful-offender status.

    But when DiMango asked her the routine question of whether she was on anything that might cloud her judgment and negate the plea, Morrison admitted she was high on grass.

    The teen was supposed to be facing a second chance at the plea deal yesterday.

    She was required to admit under oath that she had been part of the gaggle of girls who attacked teen songbird Shacara McLaurin and hit her in the face with a padlock wrapped in a sock, allegedly to prevent the victim from singing in a talent show.

    DiMango offered Morrison drug treatment yesterday as part of the plea package. But the defiant Morrison said she didn't need it.

    "If you don't have a [drug] problem, you're really a brat for coming to court high!" DiMango snapped back, referring to the last hearing. "There are [people who have been] heroin addicts for years who don't shoot up before they come to court."

    DiMango then agreed to place the teen in a social-services and educational program to get her to straighten out her act.

    But when it came to admitting her guilt, Morrison balked again, insisting she just got caught up in the brawl and wasn't part of the planned attack.

    A furious DiMango withdrew the plea deal and ordered Morrison to stand trial on the felony rap, where she would face up to seven years.

    "I'm tired of you, your attitude and everything else!" DiMango said.

    Morrison's lawyer, Robert Nicholson, protested after the proceedings.

    "I think that my client was willing to resolve the case. Notwithstanding the fact my client could have dressed up more for court, [DiMango] should have taken a more tolerant view."

    Unlike some other courtrooms, where there are signs posted outside forbidding clothing such as shorts or baggy pants, there are no specific rules for DiMango's court.

    Morrison is scheduled to return to court on June 27.

    Three of the other girls charged in the attack have pleaded guilty, and a fourth is awaiting trial.


    This girl has serious issues......
    Get your facts first, then you can distort them as you please.
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  • #2

    Um... though perhaps not the best outfit in the world, I've seen waaaaaaaaaaaaay worse by grown adults.


    • #3
      It seems to me that her lawyer is incompetent. How could he let her walk into court stoned or dressed in a disrespectful manner or not ready to plead and allocute in accordance with a prearranged deal? Her lawyer should say that like many other drug-habituated teenagers, his client is in denial about the problem, and request that she be allowed to accept a misdemeanor conviction with probation, drug rehab, and community service. And maybe boot camp might do the little imp some good.


      • #4
        Screw her. She is garbage.

        Good for the judge for not being PC and polite about things.


        • #5
          too bad the judge cant make her get a father, (cuz I doubt there's one in the picture), and a series of spankings!

          eff her!
          "I don't go on "I'maworthlesscumdumpster.com" and post negative **** about cum dumpsters."
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          • #6
            Just another scumbag that should be eliminated from society..
            Retired LASD


            • #7
              Stupid is as stupid does.


              • #8
                Judge DiMango is quite a piece of work.


                • #9
                  and request that she be allowed to accept a misdemeanor conviction with probation, drug rehab, and community service.
                  Monty,PLEASE enter the real world,do you really think that would do a tramp like this any good?,and do you really think she would attend rehab,DO comm. service?? NO she wont and in the end it will just cost society more to try /convict and sentence her,lets do it the first time and save money for those that can be salvaged.
                  Sleeping Giant. They're not fat and happy anymore. They are hungry and increasingly angry. That is not a good recipe for a "Puppies and Rainbows America".


                  • #10
                    I went to court to get a ticket reduced and was amazed at how people dress. Some were dressed for yard work others were dressed for hanging out at the mall or sitting at home to watch TV. I was worried that I was not dressed well enough because I didn't have a collared shirt with my skirt, I was the best dressed person in the room other than the one lawyer. Sure it was just traffic court but when you stand before a Judge I feel you need to made an effort and dress well. I was shocked and I don't live in a poor county, there was no excuse in the sloppy dress.
                    It's not that liberals are ignorant. It's just that they know so much that isn't so. Ronald Reagan

                    TSA, I would rather be felt up than blown up.


                    • #11

                      I agree! I had to go to court about a year and half ago for a traffic summons and was astounded by the dress code (or lack thereof) chosen by others who had to appear in court -- and most of them had a lot more to fear than just a speeding ticket.

                      I saw people who looked as if they just crawled out from under a bridge or had slept in a dumpster. Others were milling about in sweat pants, holey jeans or cut-off shorts and greasy white undershirts! More than a few of my fellow defendants showed up wearing what is best described as the "Mr. T. Starter Kit" - and I pity the fool who could not resist staring at them.

                      When I was a deputy (in a different county), you'd never see people that poorly-dressed. Sure, there were jeans from time to time and not everyone wore a shirt & tie.....but it was never that bad. Society has really gone downhill in the past few years.

                      When someone goes to court, it is best to at least show a modicum of respect for the bench - even if you think the charges against you are wrong or unfair in some way. Respect begets respect.

                      The comments above reflect my personal opinion as a private citizen, ordinary motorist and all-around good guy.

                      The aforementioned advice should not be construed to represent any type of professional opinion, legal counsel or other type of instruction with regard to traffic laws, judicial proceedings or official agency policy.


                      "Ignorance on fire is hotter than knowledge on ice."


                      • #12
                        Oh man, I'm beyond amazed at how people dress for court. I was a punk-rock kid and I have lots of friends with all sorts of piercings and tats, but you have to know what is appropriate in certain situations.

                        The following compiled by my wife and I.

                        1. Just because you paid a lot of money for that velvet track suit, does not mean it is "nice clothes."

                        2. Just because that outfit is what you wear when you want to look "nice" when you go out for a night on the town does not mean you look good or responsible.

                        3. Ill-fitting thrift store suits are better than brand new jeans and a hoody.

                        4. That. Does. Not. Fit.

                        5. That is not a natural hair color.

                        6. Do not wear your face hardware and limit yourself to one or two rings and a necklace.

                        7. Cover you tatoos. If you have "sleaves" wear long-sleeved shirts.

                        8. Cleavage is never appropriate for court, neither are mini-skirts and fishnet stockings.

                        The best part is that over half of the above apply to lawyers I've seen.
                        Last edited by Unistat; 06-13-2011, 06:26 PM.
                        There are basically two kinds of people in this world. Those that believe in the moon landing and those that don't.


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by 11b101abn View Post
                          Screw her. She is garbage.

                          Good for the judge for not being PC and polite about things.

                          Actually, the judge was more polite than I would've been. I come from the tough love crowd. And highly disciplinarian....if you folks haven't figured that out by now.....


                          • #14
                            My cousin is a Judge in Virginia, when I told him about my court experience he said it's the same in his court, and that is circuit court. Times have changed and respect is gone out the window. If I ever stand before a Judge I will be dressed with respect.
                            It's not that liberals are ignorant. It's just that they know so much that isn't so. Ronald Reagan

                            TSA, I would rather be felt up than blown up.


                            • #15
                              When I was at the court house, the man in front of me had his dad with him, they both were dressed for yard work. We were in line for the commonwealth attorney, the CA would not help them. I got there and told the CA I had not had a ticket in 28 years, I apologized and said I will pay attention to the speed. He reduced it to 9 over and I was happy.

                              It did work because I have backed off and now pay attention to the limit. I have ****ed people off for going only 5 over in areas that I understand the reason for the low speed limit.
                              It's not that liberals are ignorant. It's just that they know so much that isn't so. Ronald Reagan

                              TSA, I would rather be felt up than blown up.


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