|Ammon Bundy, one of the ringleaders in that|
Oregon wildlife refuge standoff last winter,
says the courts are being the fashion police
and won't let him dress up like a cowboy for his trial.
When last we looked, back in May, some of them wanted to have their guns with them in jail while they awaited trial.
One of the ringleaders, Ryan Bundy, said not allowing him his guns in jail violated his Second Amendment rights.
The jail, and a judge didn't buy the argument, and the poor guy had to languish without his guns. I'm crying so hard for Bundy and his suffering that my office is now flooded with tears.
Now Ryan's trial is coming up, along with brother Ammon Bundy is upset that he will not be allowed to wear his cowboy boots in the courtroom during the proceedings.
According to OregonLive:
"Ammon Bundy's lawyer J. Morgan Philpot argued that his client is innocent until proven guilty and should be allowed to wear the civilian clothes that he chooses.
'We would prefer our clients not look like disheveled slackers in front of the jury,' Philpot told the judge during Tuesday's pretrial conference hearing.
Philpot added later in the day in a written motion, 'These men are cowboys and given that the jury will be assessing their authenticity and credibility, they should be able to present themselves to the jury in that manner.'"
What, is this a costume contest and not a trial? They expect Ammon to show up in his cowboy boots, and the jury will swoon, "OOOHH!! A real cowboy!" That means we need to let him go. Yippee Ki-Yay!
The reason there is a dress code in court for defendents - no ties, belts, steel-toed boots, etc - is nobody wants the accused to weaponize his or her fashion accessories to launch an escape attempt. Or assault somebody.
The problem with Bundy's cowboy boots is that leg shackles used when he's led into court won't work. (The shackles are removed once he's in the courtroom.)
There's already photos of what the Bundys might wear in court, because their pictures were taken for the jurors' books.
OregonLive says both Bundys are in suit jackets but no ties in the photos, and the judge said the two look perfectly presentable for court appearances in those photos.
OregonLive had another fun tidbit about Ryan Bundy in its court fashion article about the bumbling brothers.
Ryan Bundy challenged prosecutors' assertion that he aided and abetted in the theft of government property, specifically the theft of cameras during the standoff last winter.
Buddy cited "basic Biblical principle" saying, "A man will be accountable for his own sins and not that of another. "
In other words, Bundy is saying he can't be prosecuted for helping somebody steal something. He's only accountable with God.
No, he's also accountable to the law here on Earth. "The Biblical standards don't apply, says the judge.