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Sagging Trousers Not Against the Law, Rules Judge

By Jack Phillips
Epoch Times Staff
Created: July 29, 2010 Last Updated: July 30, 2010
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Two youths wear their pants with the underwear showing on April 23, 2009 in Riviera Beach, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Two youths wear their pants with the underwear showing on April 23, 2009 in Riviera Beach, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Wearing sagging pants that expose one's underwear is not against the law, ruled a Bronx judge on Wednesday. 

Julio Martinez in 2009 wore his pants low and was arrested by a police officer for doing so.

However, judge Ruben Franco said that it may look ridiculous to most people, sagging one's pants should not be against the law.

“While most of us may consider it distasteful, and indeed foolish, to wear ones pants so low as to expose the underwear 'people can dress as they please, wear anything, so long as they do not offend public order and decency,'” Franco wrote, according to the New York Law Journal.

In other states, legislators have proposed banning the sagging of pants.

Also in NYC, State Sen. Eric Adams started a billboard campaign to “Stop the Sag” in recent months to tell young men to raise their self-image.




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