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Legal advice from American Idol?
Legal advice from American Idol?

General - Larry PlattWhen “General” Larry Platt, auditioned for American Idol with his self-written song “Pants on the Ground”, the catchy hit became an overnight internet sensation. The lyrics were simple – “Pants on the Ground, pants on the ground, Looking’ like a fool with your pants on the ground, With the gold in your mouth, Hat turned sideways Pants hit the ground, Call yourself a cool cat With your pants on the ground, Walking’ downtown with your pants on the ground! Giddy-up”.

Who knew that such deeply thought out lyrics could have a bearing on our legal system? That’s right… the “baggy look” as it’s called is not easy to miss. If you’re interested in this street-influenced haute couture fashion its application is simple. OK, take a young man with a 32 inch waist (for Europeans that’s about a 46) for a well fitted pair of pants. Now, if you’re going for the “baggy look” you simply ask the fitter for size 40 US or about 54 European. It’s that easy!

So besides looking all dapper in your latest street fashioned apparel, what can this particular style get you? Well, we thought the only real drawback was that your shoulders may become slightly fatigued due to the fact that when wearing this style of clothing the wearer regularly needs to pull the waistband area in an upward movement in order to place one foot in front of the other…in other words, to “walk”. Now let’s say the wearer needed to “pick up the pace” a bit. Then the same motion of pulling the waistband upward would be multiplied two-fold like this – One step, two step, pull – and then repeat.

But now, this well known “baggy look” may get the wearer more than a few suggestive glances from the girl he’s going to introduce to mom. How about five years of having to wear orange! Everyone knows that orange is a great summer accessory but as a solid! No way! Well, that’s what one man in St. Paul may be wearing for five summers.
The St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that, while sporting the latest look, a suspect was stopped by St. Paul police officers. When the man raised his arms in the air (possibly waving to the officers to have a great day) his pants fell to the ground. The officer, understanding this fashion faux pas, assisted the man and, as any good friend would do, pulled the pants up. In doing so, the officer noticed an accessory from last season that simply did not match this year’s look…a hand gun. An arrest obviously came next.
On appeal, the attorney for this fashion disaster argued the gun was found in an illegal search; however a Minnesota court says pulling up the saggy pants of a crime suspect is not an illegal search, even if it turns up a gun. The appeals court determined the officer had hoisted the pants “presumably to conceal rather than to reveal.” Personally, I bet the officer was a fan of Bravo’s “What Not To Wear” and simply tried to do a fashion intervention!

The man was sentenced to five years in prison for illegally possessing a firearm.

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