Judge To Defendant: Change Your Shirt

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (April 4, 2013)—Caledonia, Vt., Superior Court Judge Mary Miles Teachout refused to arraign a domestic violence suspect until he changed his shirt, which bore the words, "I bust mine to kick yours."

Teachout told Christopher Bryant Wednesday she wasn't going ahead with the arraignment until he changed the shirt and then she left the courtroom.

The Caledonian-Record reported that public defender Doug Willey then took of his suit jacket and put it on his client backward to cover the shirt.

Bryant, 28, of St. Johnsbury, Vt., remained covered by Willey's coat for the arraignment during which he pleaded not guilty.

He was charged with unlawful restraint, domestic assault and other charges stemming from a confrontation with his girlfriend.


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