Man held in contempt for wearing hat in court

GRAND RAPIDS (AP) -- A Kent County judge has ordered a man to pay $100 or spend 10 days in jail for wearing a hat in court.

The Grand Rapids Press says 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.

Published: Fri, Nov 8, 2013

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