Check this out! Have our judges gone totally insane or what?
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported on 8/28/04 that a Nevada judge recently ordered a 16-year old boy stripped down to nothing but his jockey shorts in front of her and the whole packed courtroom, just because she didn't like the t-shirt he was wearing.
The videotape of the hearing was ordered released to the news media.
''Take your shirt off,'' Hearing Master Sylvia Beller is heard on the video saying. ''You can just walk out of here without a shirt on.''
After the boy takes off his shirt, leaving him barechested, Beller orders a bailiff to take the boy into custody. After the boy is handcuffed, Beller then tells the bailiff to remove the boy's belt from his pants.
''You might as well take the belt and let his pants fall off,'' Beller said. ''You are going to take the belt anyway. Take the belt. Get rid of that belt.''
The bailiff tells Beller that if the belt is removed, the boy's pants might fall down because he is in handcuffs.
''Oh well,'' Beller muses.
The boy's belt is removed, and his pants fall to the floor, leaving him standing in open court in nothing but his white boxers.