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article imageContempt charge for saggy pants in court dismissed

By Mike White     Jul 21, 2014 in Odd News
Allentown - Charges against a man for wearing saggy pants in court have been dismissed by a judge in an eastern Pennsylvania courtroom. The man was fined $50 for wearing the pants.
ABC reported a local newspaper said Lehigh County Common Pleas Judge William Ford dismissed the charges against the charge against Adam Dennis, 18, Macungie, after hearing testimony from the judge who issued the fine.
Dennis was fined by District Judge Wayne Maura June 9 in Allentown for contempt of court. Dennis and his family had since moved to Leigh County, where Judge Ford dismissed the charge Friday, according to leighhighvalleylive.com.
Attorney Kimberly Makoul had represented Dennis at the contempt hearing and sentencing. She claimed the judge had overstepped his authority and called a criminal contempt charge inappropriate.
Before giving his decision, Judge Ford Before said he understands the difficulty knows judges and magistrates have a tough time maintaining the traditional decorum and appropriate dress and behavior in courtroom settings. He added, however, that holding someone in contempt is not an appropriate way of dealing with the matter.
Judge Maura declined to comment on the ruling which overturned his contempt decision.
There is no sign on the courtroom Dennis was fined in about apparel. Judge Maura has a sign on his office, however, that says, "Pull your pants up!" There is also a cartoon which depicts three people wearing baggy pants, and a warning that visitors with sagging pants will not be assisted.
At the May 28 hearing, Judge Maura said he asked Dennis to approach the bench and turn around. After he saw the saggy pants, Judge Maura said, he told Dennis to leave the courtroom and not return until properly attired.
Kokomo News reported Makoul cited a prior Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision that said a person not rising when a judge enters a room is not sufficient reason to issue a contempt citation, in asking for the dismissal of the charges.
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