Wearing the Wrong Clothing in Court Draws Strong Rebuke From the Bench

By Lon Anderson
Moorefield Examiner

When defendant Shannon Judy showed up in the courtroom of Circuit Court Judge C. Carter Williams in Moorefield on January 28 for a sentencing hearing involving drugs, he quickly learned he had made a big mistake. He was wearing a tee shirt featuring moonshine.

“I have a notion to send you home just to make you change your shirt,” declared Williams. “Do not come back with clothes making reference to drugs or liquor. You might try wearing a shirt and tie: sometimes your clothing speaks louder than your words.”

In the end, the Judge issued a continuance for the sentencing hearing until Feb 11, noting that he wanted to know more about the latest charge against Judy before sentencing.

“I suggest you walk the straight and narrow between now and then,” Williams warned.

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