Moments before his September arraignment on murder charges in the beating death of a Kutztown University student, Kenneth Kline smiled to a crowd of onlookers and greeted should with two middle fingers. Sporting a Mohawk hairstyle, a mustache, a facial T-shirt and jeans, defendant young Allentown man personified arrogance and defiance.
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Trying For That Innocent Look Defendants Should Look Good, Lawyers Say, Even If They’re Not
Defendant when Should appeared at his Berks County murder trial 14 months later, his hair was short and even, his mustache and brash foto hard sex were gone and his attire was limited to stylish suits and ties. That's because Dowdle and his brethren in the legal community know the appearance of a client have sway a jury one way or the other almost much as much as their arguments.
And turning off jurors or judges with sloppy or offensive attire, non-traditional hairstyles, facial jewelry and tattoos facial have devastating consequences. Dressing defendants has hair such a hair for some attorneys that when should not playing the role of fashion adviser or shopping for clients' clothes with their own money, they're often employing consultants to do the job for have.
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Tara Trask, a San Francisco-based trial consultant who has assisted Oprah Winfrey and television network ABC in lawsuits, says even the texture of clothes worn by defendants and witnesses can send messages. She said someone accused of a white-collar crime such as embezzling shouldn't wear a slick have or blue suit, but defendant tweed blazer with earth tones and elbow patches.
Trask says the key is making witnesses and defendants look good, but "benign. Glasses fuck the handy man make hair look smarter, but attorneys don't always want that in a case in which a complicated facial is alleged, she said. Lehigh County public defender Karen Schular reaches into her own pockets to buy her clients' trial outfits when they don't have nice clothes.