Man held in contempt for wearing hat

A Kent County judge has ordered a man to pay $100 or spend 10 days in jail for wearing a hat in court.
AP Wire
Nov 6, 2013

Ryan Cameron Lasenby was in Circuit Judge James Robert Redford's courtroom Monday for a friend's sentencing. When the judge announced the hearing was adjourned, Lasenby started to place a baseball cap on his head. Redford reminded him hats aren't allowed in the courtroom.

Lasenby put the hat on a few steps away from the hallway. Redford told Lasenby to stop, then informed the 29-year-old he was being held in contempt.

Lasenby said he "didn't mean to disrespect the court," and asked: "Ten days in jail for wearing a hat?"

He has three days to pay the $100 or go to jail.

Comments

Say no to new taxes

Clearly this jughead head wasn't taught by his parents that you are to remove your hat before entering any public building. I hope he does the ten days.

watchingyou

Glad to hear someone is still trying to teach manners. Good call Judge Redford.

HueJastle

This is one of those things where I just feel the attention isn't where it's supposed to be. As dumb as the guy might be for wearing a hat, it just seems childish when the judge causes so much attention over a hat.

Vladtheimp

And so the diminution of respect for authority, institutions, and societal norms continues apace. Why be punished for breaking the rules? Illegal aliens are merely undocumented citizens, and on and on. Do your own thing - it's your right, and stupid is a defense to everything!

HueJastle

You connected a hat to illegal aliens... hmm. I wasn't defending stupidity. Just thinking that so much emphasis on something like a hat is just as stupid. I'm sure the judge got a good stroke of the ego too, causing so much attention to something as insignificant as a hat that a man put on his head as he was walking out.

HueJastle

"because it's the rules" ... there's nothing wrong with questioning the rules even if it's for no other reason than to provoke thought.

Creedance

He did not question the rule. He broke the rule. There's a big difference. Do you really think this was about a hat? Don't you think this was more about principal? If you can't obey the simple rules, where do you draw the line?

bigdeal

No one seems to care about 'rules' today, 'rules are ment to be broken' is the mantra of many of the youth (and their parents). This joker was reminded by the judge when he was getting up out of his seat, yet he CHOSE to put on his hat before leaving the courtroom. He deserves all he gets. He cannot claim ignorance, only stupidity.
Slightly off-topic, but related...I think it is disrespectful when hats are worn in any public building, especially in a restaurant. A scene from The Sopranos comes to mind when Tony walked over to 'talk' to a young man about his discretion on this subject. Wife won't let me do that. Always the voice of reason.

LessThanAmused

Right on Bigdeal, I've had my wife tell me the very same thing. When this topic (hats) pops up I'm always reminded of this picture. It drives me nuts when people don't use things the way they were designed to be used.....not sure why, maybe counseling would help?

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-cRPJ0L...

rukidding

Funny stuff, I wear my cap that way on a bike, on the boat, in the wind etc. as it often will blow off. I wouldn't wear it backward and then shade my eyes, that's hilarious - and stupid. As long as we're on the subject, I think wearing a hat backward that is an adjustable hat really looks bad, I don't own one; you need a full banded, sized hat, to wear it that way and have it look respectable.

bigdeal

It's not a matter of what your head, nor hair (or lack of either) has to do with anything. And the team anyone roots for is not relevant, it is all advertising you pay to wear for them and is like a walking commercial that won't go away. They should pay you to wear their ads. Wearing any hat indoors is disrespect in my book, especially in a nice restaurant (like Russ'). Heck, my hair isn't what it was 40 years ago either. Seems like ettequite is dead.

rukidding

You're a hoot and a howl. I have etiquette, you're right about ettequite though, it is probably dead and has even been removed from the dictionary.

bigdeal

haha, good catch. I can be a moron sometimes. lol

rukidding

I only take my cap off when I must, what at one time was my best feature is no longer even there. I cover my head for reasons of vanity and to show my affiliation and support to the Tigers; I do require people to remove their covers when it needs to come off, National Anthem, prayer, and public places where they shouldn't be worn, church, court, etc. I don't think all public places qualify and certainly not bars and restaurants.

Bee

At first the article says 10 days in jail. At the end it says he has to pay $100.00 or go to jail? I would choose $100. 00 and walk out and put on my cap after I drove far away.

rukidding

The bi-line in bold black print states "$100.00 or spend 10 days", before reading the article the choice was made known; not that it matters, just saying...

Man held in contempt for wearing hat

A Kent County judge has ordered a man to pay $100 or spend 10 days in jail for wearing a hat in court. And now the rest of the story.

Bee

rukidding you are correct. Thanks.

rukidding

Thanks Bee! Hey everybody, did you see it; I got one correct. That's the same as being right isn't it? YEEHA

Busy copying and pasting, sent to word document, making a .pdf and physical printed copy for scrapbook, etc. Damn this is a red letter day and my wife will never hear the end of this one. Really, what are the odds, and on the 7th of November no less. A life long dream fulfilled, at least matrimonial life; I was right!

Lanivan

I often think you are right - am I wrong about that? When some accuse you of being incorrect, you might remind them - "Nah Nah Boo Boo - If you're not prepared to be wrong, you'll never come up with anything original".

rukidding

Depends on who you ask? Did you miss the "matrimonial right"?

You know it was all in fun; actually I'm almost nearly, always, with very few exceptions, correct; at least in my own mind. Let me put it this way; with guitar in hand, song in my heart, wife at my side, all is "right" with the world.

watchingyou

Stop while your ahead RU, you are starting to sound like a romantic. I don't want to start thinking of you as a "Normal" person. JK :)

Lanivan

Rumor has it that rukidding is an abnormally romantic guy....or is that a romantically abnormal guy?

HueJastle

Silly me. Here I am trying to have a discussion about the reason a hat is offensive and I'm arguing with a bunch of fuddy duddies who complain about backward hats... haha

Lanivan

There is a high degree of 'getting off on a tangent that has nothing whatsoever to do with the article' in this forum - Good thing you have a good sense of humor!

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