HR Strange But True!
January 06, 2003

How should a prosecutor dress for a hearing in a capital murder case? A tie is mandatory, of course. But two assistant district attorneys in Louisiana recently earned reprimands for the kind of ties they wore - specifically, ones depicting a hangman's noose and the Grim Reaper.

The prosecutors, Donnie Rowan and Cameron Mary, were told by their boss, Jefferson Parish District Attorney Paul Connick, that the ties were inappropriate and that they should never wear anything like them to work again, according to the Associated Press.

Defense attorney Clive Stafford Smith accused Rowan and Mary of making light of the possibility that his client, Lawrence Jacobs, could get the death penalty if convicted. The ties were worn to a pretrial hearing for Jacobs' second trial on charges that he killed two people during a 1996 home robbery.

The ties "were a joke, although a poor joke," Connick said. "People do those kinds of things. I saw one defense attorney wear a tie that said 'not guilty.'"

Source: The Associated Press, via Yahoo!

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