MichaelAy329, your story staggers me. Allowing police to testify against felony defendants while wearing shorts and flip-flops? That is just plain morally wrong. The contempt that expresses for the defendants takes my breath away. My dead grandfather, a well-but-soberly-dressed lawyer and staunch defender of equal justice under law, is spinning in his grave.
Originally Posted by bringusingoodale
I bet if these guys even tried wearing good outfit, their counsel would disapprove and ask theme to look casual, like a regular joe.
I want to believe you'd lose the bet. I fear you would win it. What have we come to, if lawyers WANT their witnesses to dress in a way that expresses disrespect for the law and the court that enforces it? How can people think that it is acceptable to attend a wedding, testify in court, or attend a funeral, in anything less than a coat and dress trousers (or, in hot weather climes, a guayabera or similar and dress trousers)? I understand if people don't own a coat or a guayabera, or don't own dress trousers. But I strongly suspect that a lot of the people who don't wear these garments in these situations do have those garments in their closet, and that their fit is acceptable.