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by Peter Moskos

June 22, 2009

Court Dress Code

My friend used to joke that the local criminals would come to court "dressed in their best sweat pants."

I was reading a David Sedaris book, When You Are Engulfed in Flames, on my flight back from Chicago and came across this passage:
There were plenty of things that should have concerned me--the blood-spatter evidence, the trajectory of the bullets--but all I could concentrate on was the defendant's mother, who'd come to court wearing cutoff jeans and a Ghostbusters T-shirt. It couldn't have been easy for her, but still you had to wonder: what would she consider a dress-up occasion?

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