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
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
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