Contempt of Court for Saggy Pants
An Autauga County man facing a charge of receiving stolen property is spending 3 days behind bars, not for that crime, but for wearing sagging pants in the courthouse. Lamarcus Ramsey, 20, of Prattville, was found in contempt of court.
"It shows a general lack of respect for themselves, for others and the general institution of the court," said Judge John Bush, of the 19th Judicial Circuit. "These courtrooms belong to the people of this state. And the citizens of the 19th Circuit expect me to preserve dignity and respect in their courtroom."
Look, I don’t get the appeal of the saggy pants look and at a minimum it would drive me crazy to wear my pants in such a fashion. Still, I do not understand the obsession that certain authority figures have with this phenomenon (e.g., passing laws against it, etc.).
Is it really worth incurring the expense to the county of a three day stint in prison for this fellow over this?