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Contempt charge for saggy pants in court dismissed

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ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) - An eastern Pennsylvania judge has dismissed a contempt-of-court citation against a man who was fined $50 for wearing saggy pants in court.

The (Easton) Express-Times (http://bit.ly/1kCc0Qu ) reports that Lehigh County Common Pleas Judge William Ford on Thursday dismissed the charge against 18-year-old Adam Dennis of Macungie.

District Judge Wayne Maura had fined Dennis $50 for his attire at a May hearing. Defense attorneys appealed, saying a criminal contempt charge was inappropriate in this case.

Attorney Kimberly Makoul cited a previous Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling that failure to stand when a judge enters doesn't support a criminal contempt conviction.

Maura's office door bears a sign directing people to "pull your pants up" and showing a cartoon of three people wearing baggy pants. He declined to comment on the ruling.

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Information from: The (Easton, Pa.) Express-Times, http://www.lehighvalleylive.com

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