Friday, September 19, 2008

Baggy Pants Law Ruled Unconstitutional

In the latest battle over how low a person can wear pants, a Florida judge struck down a law banning baggy pants, calling the measure unconstitutional, according to an Associated Press report.
The measure was initially approved by voters, and voted on last March, after the necessary 5,000 signatures were obtained to add the measure to the ballot.
Despite passage of the measure, the issue did not take center stage until a 17-year-old was arrested in Riviera Beach in southeast Florida for wearing pants that exposed his underwear. The teen, not identified by name, was jailed overnight.
A local report says the teen was held due to a history of marijuana use.
The judge in the case, Palm Beach Circuit Judge Paul Moyle was simply not having it.
“ We're not talking about exposure of buttocks, ” Moyle said in his ruling. “ No! We're talking about someone who has on pants whose underwear are apparently visible to a police officer who then makes an arrest and the basis is he's then held overnight, no bond. "
The teen’s public defender added that “ we now have the fashion police, ” to which, the judge agreed.
If the law had been upheld, the teen would have faced 150 hours of community service and a fine.