It's been too long since I sought your opinion on matters of grave importance, so I have a question for you.
I have a barrister's wig, it belonged to my great- great-grandfather, George Digby Pepys. Right now, it sits in its original tin in my study at home.
<--- Here it is.
Lately, people (defense lawyers and fellow ADAs alike) have been ribbing me about wearing it in trial. I assumed they were all joking until one young lawyer put a case on our jury docket and sincerely urged me to do it.
Now I'm suspicious.
To me it's a symbol of a venerable profession and he (or she) who wears a barrister's wig is accorded a certain degree of respect. But if he's urging me to wear it... does he think I'd look ridiculous? Pretentious? When jurors hear the accent and see the wig will they just laugh and nudge each others? Is that what the wig has become?!?
So I'm asking you. Assume the judge allows it and the defense lawyer and his client do not object. What would you think of a prosecutor who wears a wig in trial?