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Judge releases man from jail for wearing blue jeans to court

Published: Tue, February 16, 2010 @ 7:54 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — A judge ordered a man he jailed for wearing blue jeans to court released from jail the following day.

On Friday, Judge R. Scott Krichbaum of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court granted a defense motion to reinstate the $75,000 bond of John Messer, owner of the former Riverbend Tavern, and set him free to await court action on drug trafficking charges linked to the tavern.

When Messer appeared Thursday wearing blue jeans, Judge Krichbaum ordered him to change into a red and white striped jail uniform before a pre-trial hearing and then jailed him until further notice at the end of the hearing.

In that hearing, Judge Krichbaum said he previously had warned Messer, 58, of Raccoon Road, to dress properly for court.

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1Millie(192 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

That was a petty decision by a judge I generally admire.

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2sonnype(89 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

I think the judge should stick to what his job is and its not as a fashion cop.

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3paulydel(1508 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

When you go to court you dress properly not like you just walked out of the ghetto. This guy just wanted to disrespect the court and he got what he deserved. Good for the judge.

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4saddad(647 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

There are no fashion crimes. If there were RSK would be doing life without parole.

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5AtownParent(565 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

I agree Slim. This was a gross misuse of power. Krichbaum needs to focus on his job, not the attire of people coming into court. Get over yourself, you are not Judge Judy.

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6ts1227(137 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

At least the guy showed up to court!

No reason to split hairs over dress, especially in a county Common Pleas Court. If this were a federal court, maybe. Just be glad they showed up.

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7jrmram2930(2 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

To all those who were quick to judge Mr Messer without knowing all the facts. Mr Messer was taking my son to work for me when he got the call to go to court, evidently somehow no one had told Mr Messer that he had court that day. At first his attorney advised him he was supposed to have been there. Mr Messer told the attorney he just had jeans and a Harley shirt on and first the attorney told him to run home and change and get in there as quick as he could, but the attorney called back several seconds later and told him to forget changing just get in there as quick as possible, which he did and we all know what happened next.

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8Nunya22(315 comments)posted 5 years, 9 months ago

@jrmram2930 He didn't get a letter of a court date in the mail so he would know? It just looks bad if the judge had said something once already and let it slide then he came into the courtroom like that again. But if what you said happened without a letter and plenty of time to get to court appropriate then that is someone elses fault.

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