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Dolphins9954
09-17-2008, 11:05 AM
A Florida judge has deemed unconstitutional a law banning baggy pants that show off the wearer's underwear, local media reported Tuesday.

A 17-year-old spent a night in jail last week after police arrested him for wearing low pants in Riviera Beach, southeast Florida. The law banning so-called "saggy pants" was approved by city voters in March after supporters of the bill collected nearly 5,000 signatures to put the measure on the ballot.

The teen would have received a 150 dollars fine or community service, but he spent the night in jail due to a history of marijuana use, the Palm Beach Post newspaper said. "Somebody help me," said Palm Beach Circuit Judge Paul Moyle, before giving his decision.

"We're not talking about exposure of buttocks. No! We're talking about someone who has on pants whose underwear are apparently visible to a police officer who then makes an arrest and the basis is he's then held overnight, no bond."

"Your honor, we now have the fashion police," added public defender Carol Bickerstaff, who asked the law be declared "unconstitutional."
The judge agreed with Bickerstaff immediately, reported the Post.
Laws that ban low-slung pants are on the books in several US cities, including Delcambre, Louisiana, where offenders can be fined up to 500 dollars or jailed for up to six months.

Dallas, Texas and Atlanta, Georgia are among the larger US cities considering similar measures.



http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20080916/od_afp/usfashionjusticeoffbeat



Good. This is definitely a good example of Government overreaching it's authority. And trying to run our lives once again. I don't like baggy pants and think people look stupid wearing them. But that's the beautiful thing about freedom and liberty. You have the right to look and be stupid. Without the government arresting you for it.

phinman1
09-17-2008, 11:14 AM
I'm not a fan of baggy pants either, but I know solid, good kids who have that look. It's just a style for the younger set. Outlawing baggy pants is akin to outlawing Elvis in the 50's.

FinFatale
09-17-2008, 12:03 PM
I personally feel that our police have many things to do than arrest someone because he could see their underwear. Baggy pants are a fad and they will disappear like a fad and new one will come in................we make swings in what people call fashion all the time.........hipsters were just brought back awhile ago and now they are going out of style........AGAIN............

RUDEbyallMEANS
09-25-2008, 11:51 PM
I hope they understand that the "baggy pants" style is only worn by minors. Once they become adults and get jobs... It's out the door.

The_Dark_Knight
09-26-2008, 09:30 AM
I hope they understand that the "baggy pants" style is only worn by minors. Once they become adults and get jobs... It's out the door.
I wouldn't agree with that completely. Sagging pants is popular in prison and unfortunately, the trend carries back out into society when they get out. Seen it too many times.

Wasn't there a thread similiar to this not too long ago, but happening in California??

FinFatale
09-26-2008, 12:57 PM
I wouldn't agree with that completely. Sagging pants is popular in prison and unfortunately, the trend carries back out into society when they get out. Seen it too many times.

Wasn't there a thread similiar to this not too long ago, but happening in California??


I am not sure about the California thing but they tried to stop in Florida.
If I see an adult with his pants half falling off, I just figure they haven't grown up yet lol...........I have to admit that some of the people I see wearing that style I wonder how in the heck they walk with the crotch of their pants between their knees.........and to think they THINK they look COOL...........lol