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Friday, May 22, 2009

Order in the court -- and no short skirts

Posted By on Fri, May 22, 2009 at 1:16 PM

Funny story in the New York Times today about a judicial panel in Indianapolis concerning courtroom attire. It has set off some  stout web rejoinders, primarily because male judges made a number of remarks about female attorneys in revealing clothing.

Sexist pigs, said some. Other MCPs defended them, naturally.

I've heard lots of stories about courtroom attire,, but they tend to be about outfits worn by parties and witnesses -- the likes of wifebeaters, T-shirts with vulgar slogans, shorts, flipflops. In other words, about what you see at the average Arkie McDonald's.

Judge Michael P. McCuskey, chief judge of the federal district court for the Central District of Illinois and a member of the panel, said that at moot court competitions in law schools, he had seen participants wearing “skirts so short that there’s no way they can sit down, and blouses so short there’s no way the judges wouldn’t look.”

.... As the story made its way around the Internet, readers rushed in to fire shots of their own. At the website of the American Bar Association’s ABA Journal, one woman parodied the male judges’ comments: “I’m sorry Sugar, I’d love to listen to what you’re saying, but I have a penis. As such, I am only able to use one sense at a time.” She added, “What garbage! Poor men can’t control themselves, so women have to respond.”

So what about it, readers. Courtroom garb stories?

UPDATE: From a district court judge:

I am always partial to folks who show up in court for a DWI sentencing in Budweiser and Miller Lite t-shirts. And, then there was the guy who had on the shirt emblazoned with "If assholes could fly, this place would be an airport."

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