If you're a defendant and you show up to court wearing a T-shirt that says, simply, "BAD" then I wonder about you.
And the young lady who knew she would be standing in front of the judge pleading guilty to her felony while sporting a shirt proclaiming her to have an "apple bottom." Why? (In the latter case, it was close to perjury, just so you know.)
But day after day I see people dressed like they were . . . well, I don't know what. Am I old fashioned? A stick in the mud? A fuddy duddy? I don't expect people to show up in suits, I understand that a lot of these folks simply don't have the money for fancy duds.
But flip-flops and unwashed T-shirts?
It's to the point that when someone does show up in a suit, I am impressed. As they sit there, waiting for their case to be called, I usually check them over to make sure they're not a lawyer from another jurisdiction, parking his keister in the wrong place.
Tell me what you think. Am I unrealistic expecting people to dress up a little for court? You know, socks and shoes. A shirt with a collar.
I'll check in tomorrow with some specific examples. And if you're a lawyer, tell me some of the things you've seen.