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Judge enforces 'no pajamas' dress code in courtroom

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Judge Ronald Haskell is sending a clear-cut warning to people who enter his court in York, PA - dress for the occasion. (Source: WHP/CNN) Judge Ronald Haskell is sending a clear-cut warning to people who enter his court in York, PA - dress for the occasion. (Source: WHP/CNN)

YORK, PA (WHP/CNN) - A judge fed up with the way some people dress when they come to court is enforcing a new rule banning people who look like they just rolled out of bed.

A warning hangs in the window of Judge Ronald Haskell's office in York: pajamas are just not appropriate for district court.

A York County resident said people have the right the way they want, but he also acknowledged the importance of exercising that right within the context of the situation.

"It's a free country - if you want to wear pajamas, you can wear pajamas," the unnamed resident said. "But I don't really think that you want to wear pajamas. I think you should dress accordingly."

District Judge Thomas Reilly in Spring Grove knows just how important it is to dress appropriately in the courtroom.

As a lawyer, Reilly saw one man charged with a DUI tell a judge he was innocent, but his clothes didn't back up that claim.

"He was wearing a Budweiser T-shirt or some sort of alcohol T-shirt," Reilly said. "The judge told him, 'You might want to reconsider your dress when you come back.' People should be mindful of where they're going."

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