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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Fashion Police Accountability

posted by on September 18 at 10:56 AM

A judge says Riviera Beach’s “saggy pants” law is unconstitutional in the case of a 17-year-old who spent a night in jail for having his underwear showing.

And a public defender said her office wants to get the law tossed altogether.

Julius Hart was charged Wednesday when an officer spotted him riding his bicycle in the 2800 block of Lakeshore Drive with 4 to 5 inches of blue and black boxer shorts sticking out of his black pants.

A first offense carries a $150 fine or a requirement of community service; only habitual offenders face the possibility of jail time. But, a report said, the charge against Hart meant a violation of his probation on a marijuana possession charge, so he went to jail.

“Somebody help me,” Palm Beach Circuit Judge Paul Moyle said. “We’re not talking about exposure of buttocks. No! We’re talking about someone who has on pants whose underwear are apparently visible to a police officer who then makes an arrest and the basis is he’s then held overnight, no bond. No bond!” the judge exclaimed.

Once again marijuana and bad fashion conspired against better judgment by a cop. At least the judge was sober about it. You can see an illustration of where hiked-up drawers become hiked-up penalties in Flint, Michigan over here.

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I see people riding their bikes completely without pants, wearing only Lycra underwear, all the time.

Posted by Dougsf | September 18, 2008 12:33 PM

I don't understand what the deal is with these low pant bans. If they're criminals and the cops catch them they can't run as fast with their knees tied together like that. You'd think that would be a good thing.

Is it really just because "the people in charge" think it's a dumb style? I think that visors are pointless and superfluous bullshit pieces of clothing, where's my law?

Posted by Super Jesse | September 18, 2008 12:35 PM

@1: Yeah, and you can easily tell whether they're cut/uncut or waxed/unwaxed. Difficult to see why a plaid-covered assglobe would be considered offensive.

And what happens if someone's wearing surf jams under sagging cargo pants? Do the jams, normally considered a top layer and sufficient unto themselves, magically transform into cite-worthy visible underwear?

Posted by rob | September 18, 2008 12:57 PM

It's a really dumb law, put in place to combat an annoying fashion trend. I'm glad we don't have such a thing here; God forbid we should lose our city's whale tails.

Posted by Greg | September 18, 2008 1:21 PM

Once again the belt and suspender industry lobbyists conspire against a nearly passť fashion 'style' forged in the nation's prisons.

Posted by E | September 18, 2008 2:55 PM

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