Court Dress Codes Created After Defendants Get Too Risqué

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AUSTIN AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Defense lawyers in Travis County, Texas, are channeling Tim Gunn for their clients. After becoming increasingly frustrated with young defendants’ fashion choices, two judges created a list of clothing that is inappropriate to wear in court. Prohibited items and styles include short skirts, muscle shirts, low-hung jeans and shirts with obscene language and slogans. Defendants who violate this dress code will be asked to go home and change or to reset their cases for a later date. Many attorneys say that dress can have an effect on the outcome of a case. Sept. 8, www.statesman.com.