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5:41 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Vermont Judge Tells Defendant to Change T-shirt

A Vermont judge refused to arraign a domestic violence suspect until he changed his shirt, which had the words: "I bust mine to kick yours."



Caledonia Superior Court Judge Mary Miles Teachout told Christopher Bryant on Wednesday she wasn't going ahead with the arraignment until he changed the shirt. She then left the courtroom.

The Caledonian-Record reports public defender Doug Willey then took off his suit jacket and put it on his client backward to cover the shirt.

Bryant, who is 28 and from St. Johnsbury, remained covered by Willey's coat for the arraignment, in which he pleaded not guilty. He was charged with unlawful restraint, domestic assault and other charges stemming from a confrontation with his girlfriend.

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