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May 13, 2009

MSC defers decision on courtroom dress code

At its administrative conference yesterday, the Michigan Supreme Court deferred action on the proposed rule that would give judges authority over how witnesses dress in court. The proposed rule arose after a district court judge dismissed a plaintiff's case after she refused to remove her religious headcovering while on the witness stand. Supporters of the rule argue that a court must be able to see a witness's face during testimony to weigh the credibility of the witness. The Detroit Free Press article on the rule is here. Our previous post on the rule is here.

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