LORAIN, Ohio – A judge in Ohio threw a man in jail for three days because he showed up in his courtroom wearing sagging britches.
I could easily fill this article making fun of the people I see on a daily basis wearing their pants below their ass waddling down the sidewalk with their boxers showing. I don’t get it, but I grew up in the ’80s and didn’t get why men wore things like this, this and this.
But no matter what style of the times is being lauded as another sign of societal decline, there are just certain times when common sense says you just should not wear them. A funeral, a job interview or standing in front of a judge are just a few examples. One man found that out the other day after he chose to go inside Lorain Municipal Court Judge Mark Mihok’s courtroom with his pants on the ground and his underwear showing.
Durrell Brooks was in Mihok’s courtroom last Thursday, accompanying a woman facing a traffic violation, to tell the judge that he had insurance on the car the woman had been driving when she got into an accident. When Brooks turned around, Mihok said he could clearly see Brooks’ underwear and ordered he be arrested immediately for contempt of court.
Mihok said this the third time in the past month he has sent someone to jail because of the way they were dressed. But it’s not like he doesn’t give them a chance. If someone is spotted wearing unacceptable attire, court security will warn them before they enter the courtroom. If security instructs someone to pull their pants up and their underwear is still showing when the enter, Mihok will send them straight to jail.
“Some even come in in their jail outfits and put their jail pants low trying to show their friends and relatives that they’re a tough guy,” Mihok said, adding that the issue isn’t just a matter of decorum. He says he also wants everyone in his courtroom to feel safe.
Speaking of sagging pants, did you know that their continued wear can lead to premature ejaculation, hip degeneration, low back problems and life-long knee misalignments? Me neither. Do you care? Yeah, me neither. Oh, to anyone about to comment that the sagging pants style originated in prisons as a way to signal others of sexual availability, please don’t and know that you are wrong.Tags: contempt, court, Crime, Durrell Brooks, Mark Mihok, Ohio, sagging pants