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Fashion Police or First Amendment Police

Dadeville, Alabama, elected officials would like to pass a City ordinance that bans short shorts, saggy pants, and mini-skirts in order to promote respect and equality in the community. See (last visited September 13, 2015). Their proposed ordinance is an apparent effort to encourage respect among those in their community, which has received some positive feedback in the community.

Whether you agree or disagree with the sentiment of the proposed ordinance, there could be some serious constitutional problems with it. It has been held that “[m]erely wearing clothes inappropriate to a particular occasion could be a political statement.” Brandt v. Bd. of Educ. of City of Chicago, 480 F.3d 460, 465 (7th Cir. 2007). One can imagine any number of scenarios where an individual might wear short shorts, saggy pants, or a mini-skirt as a form of political expression. If so, one could also see a court striking down and invalidating an ordinance that prohibits such expression in Dadeville.

Contact us today if you have questions or believe your constitutional or criminal rights have been violated. We stand ready to provide our clients with trusted representation and accurate information regarding the law and its application to their individualized case. Act now and contact us today at (317) 857-0160.