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Judge orders lawyer to wear socks in court

An Ohio judge threatened a lawyer with sanctions if he appears again in court without socks on his feet.
By Ben Hooper   |   Sept. 4, 2014 at 9:39 AM   |   Comments

MARION, Calif., Sept. 4 (UPI) -- An Ohio judge threatened a lawyer with sanctions if he appears again in court without socks on his feet.

Blackford Circuit Judge Dean Young issued a court order Aug. 26 revealing he had spoken to Marion attorney Todd Glickfield during a break in an Aug. 22 hearing and he advised the lawyer that he was not appropriately dressed for court unless he was wearing socks.

The judge told the lawyer "that he was not appropriately dressed as required by Local Rule, and that the court would insist upon him wearing socks should he choose to present cases in the Blackford Circuit Court in the future."

However, the order said Glickfield responded, "I hate socks," and told the judge he would not don socks for court unless he was issued with "orders or other legal authority,"

The order states Glickfield is instructed "to never again appear for a legal proceeding in the Blackford Circuit Court unless he is entirely clad in 'appropriate business attire' which includes socks upon his feet. The court also observes that on occasions Mr. Glickfield has appeared in past proceedings without wearing a tie and while wearing an open-collared shirt."

Young wrote Glickfield could be subject to sanctions including delays in proceedings if he violates the court order and could potentially be found in contempt of court.

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