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Kids called before the Sacramento County, Calif., juvenile court had better watch what they wear. A new dress code forbids pants that “sag below the waist” or that are “worn in such a manner that otherwise expose undergarments.” Tank tops and strapless tops “revealing excess skin” are also banned, as are shorts, miniskirts, gang colors and jackets with “inappropriate writing or pictures.” Tattoos and other items and symbols “associated with gang activity” are not to be displayed, and baseball caps, stocking caps and knit caps are not to be worn in the courtroom. The new rules also put the kibosh on eating and drinking in public areas, chewing gum in courtrooms, as well as audible pagers and cellphones. Court officials say the idea is to improve both courtroom security and decorum. Arthur Bowie, who is supervising assistant public defender in Sacramento County, is skeptical, however. “I don’t think they see themselves as being disrespectful,” Bowie said of the juveniles he represents. “These are just poor folks getting dressed.” Solo practitioner Keven Adamson said the “broad” rules of attire and decorum are “not very burdensome,” and-in fact-represent nothing that a responsible attorney wouldn’t already monitor. “If you’re a good attorney, and your client shows up wearing gang attire, you tell them to change before he goes into court,” Adamson said. -The Recorder A whiff of sexism? Count Laura Bush among those who detect a note of sexism behind criticism of her husband’s nomination of Harriet Miers to the U.S. Supreme Court. “I think that’s possible,” the First Lady said when asked about the idea while appearing with President Bush on a television talk show. She said Miers is “very deliberative and thoughtful and will bring dignity to the Supreme Court. She’ll be really excellent.” Earlier, former Republican Party chairman Ed Gillespie accused critics of the Miers’ nomination of “sexism” and “elitism,” a remark that outraged some on the political right who say she lacks proven conservative credentials and judicial experience. -Associated Press Speaking of pants No shirt, no shoes-and no pants-has landed a Utah man in legal trouble. Police say the 51-year-old man entered a Sunset, Utah, convenience store in the buff on multiple occasions, and that he also made a trip through a restaurant drive-thru, au naturel. Prosecutors have charged the man with misdemeanor lewdness and are investigating allegations of witness tampering, which could result in third-degree felony charges. Police say he re-entered the store naked recently to try to talk the clerks out of testifying against him. -Associated Press

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