In Ohio, Lorain Municipal Court Judge Mark Mihok held Durrell Brooks in contempt of court on Thursday, June 14, because Brooks’ pants were riding so low, his underwear was showing. The judge then sentenced him, pants and shoulders sagging, to jail for seventy-two hours. Three whole days!
“I think he was a little shocked and upset,” Judge Mihok said.
Attending a hearing with a woman who was facing a traffic violation for a May car crash, Brooks waddled up to the bench to drop some wisdom on Judge Mihok that he, in fact, had insurance on the car Jackson (his girlfriend) was pushing.
Mihok said when Brooks turned tail to waddle away, all he could see was drawers. Believing he was witnessing a true fashion “oh, no he didn’t,” with true fashion police flair and exercising his judicial discretion, the judge Speedo-ly ordered Brooks arrested.
Mihok said the incident with Brooks was the third time in the past month he has sent a sorry sagger to jail for assuming problematic gear. Two other sloppy slackers had been warned by court security to pull up their sleepy pants before entering the courtroom. With their bloomers blooming and still on proud display like a Calvin Klein ad when they swished in, Mihok—in essence giving all droopy derelicts the finger—applied the long arm of the law and pointed them straight to jail.
Mihok said, every day court security has to put up with saggers scarcely wearing their pants.
“Some even come in in their jail outfits and put their jail pants low trying to show their friends and relatives that they’re a tough guy,” Mihok said.
He said the issue is not just a matter of decorum. But he wants all those who come into his courtroom, whether juniors or seniors (from diapers to Depends and the brief in between) to feel safe—from ash.
Was the judge’s decision a low blow . . . or no?