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Lawyer is tossed out of court for wearing shorts after knee surgery

Posted Apr 15, 2014 7:03 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A Dallas lawyer has filed a recusal motion against a judge who refused to allow him in the courtroom because he was wearing shorts after his knee surgery.

James Lee Bright says he is unable to wear pants because of a leg brace and tubes that connect to an ice machine that reduces swelling in his leg, MyFoxDFW reports. In his interview with the broadcast station, Bright is wearing a suit jacket and tie with his shorts.

Bright says he wanted to appear in court on behalf of a client seeking dismissal of a weapons charge. "She is denying him fair hearings under the Sixth Amendment by holding my physical condition against me so that I'm unable to practice in her court correctly," Bright says of the judge.

The judge, Etta Mullin, released this statement to MyFoxDFW: "I can't comment on any pending matters out of this court because the attorney involved has filed a motion to recuse and the law doesn't allow me to take any further action on this matter."

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