An era ends at public defender's office | Di Ionno

In the public defender’s office in Newark, there are two storage closets filled with clothes.

In one, is a rack of women’s outfits and shelves of neatly arranged men’s and women’s shoes. In the other, are the men’s clothes. The clothes are modest. Presentable. You might say bland. Certainly nothing that calls for attention.

John McMahon calls it “the haberdashery.” It’s where the public defenders go to dress their clients for courtroom appearances in front of judges, juries and news cameras.

The reason?

Nothing says guilty like a department of corrections jumpsuit. Better to have the defendant in civilian clothes, dressed like the jury …read more

Source: NJ.com Essex

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