Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Buttons in Court
"The Supreme Court ruled on Monday that the federal appeals court in California overstepped its authority when it granted a new trial to a murder defendant whose victim’s relatives sat at the trial, in the view of the jury, wearing buttons with the victim’s picture on them. "
What is the original purpose of having a gallery in court? Is it important for the public to sit and watch court precedings? Should we allow courtroom spectators to wear what they want in the courtroom? Can the court deny entry into the gallery based on the words or photographs on our clothing?