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If you were a juror, would the defendant's clothing affect your opinion of him or her?
70% (395 votes)

30% (166 votes)

Total votes: 561
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How a defendant is dressed shows his respect for the community

How a defendant is dressed show his respect for community. But he must be dressed to reflect his person. A defendant can just as wrong when he is putting on a fake show by being overdressed, as he can by dressing down. If the defendant goes to court dressed like a gangster, he show his opinion of society.


No matter what your role (defendendant, juror, plaintiff, etc) the Court and the Judge deserve respect.

I was jury foreman

in a trail where we gave the defendant 2 life sentences and he was suited up. In another case we found not guilty a defendant in a clean Harley t-shirt and jeans. I'm a t-shirt guy myself.Been there,done that and have the t-shirt.No, I did'nt wear the t-shirt to court.

I voted no

Because I hope I would base my verdict on the facts in evidence, not how a defendant is dressed or groomed. A jury trial is about the facts and crime, not social position or clothing.

I am saddened that many would judge on appearance. That is how innocent people go to jail. I prefer fact, not opinion.

Hope on!

All people are not as rational as you are. Would that they were.

Never Judge a book by its cover

When the Ponzi scheme defendant comes to court wearing a $5,000.00 dollar Brioni suit, does it make a difference to the Jurors? I hope not, so why should we be overly concerned with an indigent defendant who comes to court wearing jeans and a tee shirt? Does his/her desire or ability to be well-dressed for court have anything to do with whether he did the crime charged? If people paid more attention to the evidence presented rather than personal likes/dislikes for the appearance of the parties involved, we would have a much more just justice sytem.

Agreed, but--

In a perfect world, this would be true. Unfortunately, people are people, and the impressions do make a difference.

Just pointing out . . . .

In a perfect world, there would be no criminals! ;-)

Impressions count.

Years ago, while I was appearing for jury selection, a prospective juror showed up in dreads, ballcap, baggy sweatshirt, baggy jeans dragging the floor. He was immediately dismissed.
First impressions DO often make the case, and apparantly some feel that they are in a "me vs the rest of the world" situation, so they try to show their disdain for the system. It doesn't work!

In the case of a jury finding, a good juror...

listens to the testimony, reads the defendant's body language, and tries to ignore fancy clothes or poor dress that might influence a misdirection of circumstances. In the case of a Judge's ruling, it would seem prudent to dress appropriately if one is able to.

Opinion of Person vs. Judgement of Guilt

While a person's clothing would influence my opinion of them personally, I would judge their case strictly on the basis of facts and evidence presented.

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