Utah reporter asked to leave courtroom because of sleeveless blouse

Morgan Briesmaster came back with a parka on so that she would be allowed in.
By Evan Bleier   |   June 10, 2014 at 1:13 PM   |   Comments

OGDEN, Utah, June 10 (UPI) -- The sight of a Utah court reporter's bare arms was apparently too much for a bailiff to handle when she reported for her first day of work on June 3, so he asked her to cover up despite temperatures exceeding 85 degrees.

The blouse that Standard-Examiner reporter Morgan Briesmaster was wearing went up to her neck, but that wasn't enough to get her into Ogden's Second District Courthouse without reprimand.

In order to make sure she'd be able to do her job, Briesmaster got a parka and wore that to court instead.

"Not only had I been hired three months prior by the Standard, it's my brand-new beat and upon entering the courthouse the very first time, I was told I was doing something wrong," Briesmaster told KSL.

Briesmaster has been making sure to wear long sleeves ever since, no matter how hot it gets.

According to Utah Courts spokeswoman Nancy Volmer, shorts, halter tops and flip-flops are prohibited, but there is no ban on short sleeves. That said, judges do have the discretion to disallow clothing they see view to be inappropriate.

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