Mahoning County judge jails man for wearing blue jeans to court

YOUNGSTOWN — A judge has jailed a former Poland Avenue bar owner until further notice for arriving at court wearing blue jeans in violation of the judge’s previous command.

Judge R. Scott Krichbaum of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court ordered John Messer, owner of the former Riverbend Tavern, who had been free on $75,000 bond, to change into a red and white striped jail uniform before appearing at a pre-trial hearing on drug trafficking charges in the judge’s chambers.

“What are you doing here improperly dressed for my court?” the judge asked Messer at the start of today’s hearing.

“I’m sorry, your honor,” Messer replied.

“Sorry does not pay the rent. The last time you were here, you were advised to dress properly for this court,” the judge fumed. “You’re contemptuous. You’re making a bad mistake with me, mister,” the judge added.

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