There is something about city court. The churning through hundreds of cases a day might make it feel impersonal and informal. It follows that some of the participants in this system will dress informally. They feel that jeans and tee-shirts are acceptable court attire when facing a judge who determines their liberty.
Below is a collection of tee-shirts I have seen defendants wearing in court. They caught my attention when compared to the charges they were answering. Once I saw the shirt, I found its image online and now the collection is ready for display. We will do a matching quiz. Here's a list of the cases these shirts were worn in. See if you can tell which shirt belongs to which crime:
A. Gang Assault
B. Gun Possession
C. Marijuana Possession
E. Domestic Violence
Yes, I know that these shirts have innocuous meanings based in popular culture. Do the defendants who wear these to court think the judge knows the social connotations of the shirt when they wake in the morning and decide to put this on? Shouldn't we take court a little more seriously? Can we all agree that wearing a marijuana leaf shirt to court is never a good idea no matter what you're charged with?