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Ala. Judge's 3-Day Saggy Pants Sentence Is Talk of Town; Judge, Court Clerk Stunned by Interest


An Alabama judge says it isn’t unusual for him to insist that defendants show respect for the people’s courtroom by sentencing those who wear saggy pants to jail time for contempt.

But when Autauga County Circuit Court Judge John Bush gave 20-year-old LaMarcus Ramsey three days on Tuesday and told him to get better-fitting pants or a belt before he returned to court, a reporter for the Montgomery Advertiser happened to be present. The result was a news story that not only became the talk of the town but the talk of the country, stunning both Bush and the court’s clerk, according to USA Today.

“It’s what everybody is talking about. People working in the courthouse and folks who have business in the courthouse,” said Circuit Clerk Whit Moncrief. “I’ve never seen anything like this. There’s more talk in town about this than past capital murder cases where we’ve had the death penalty handed down.”

Ramsey’s lawyer could not be reached by the newspaper for comment.

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