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INDIANAPOLIS — An Indiana attorney who hates socks and has a habit of appearing in court with bare feet stuffed into his shoes faces possible sanctions if he shows up without them again in court.

In a directive issued in an Aug. 26 court order, Blackford Circuit Judge Dean A. Young addresses Todd Glickfield's courtroom fashion faux pas and explains the court decorum policy and the judge's authority to set rules, including a dress code.

"It strikes me that the judge is entirely within his authority to require that the attorney wear socks in the courtroom," said Maureen B. Collins, a professor at the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, who teaches a class in lawyering skills.

In an interesting story making news in Alabama, a lawsuit is challenging whether the Alabama Dental Practice Act is constitutional. The law says only a licensed dentist can offer teeth-whitening services.

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“How are the mighty fallen” might be an appropriate way to describe the bizarre story of the former Virginia governor and his wife. Bob and Maureen McDonnell were convicted on numerous counts of public corruption involving gifts of expensive clothing, a Rolex watch, vacations, golf and cash. A federal jury found the former governor and his wife accepted cash and gifts in exchange for favors for a vitamin executive. In order to try to save his own hide, the former governor took the stand and testified that he and his wife could not have conspired together because they didn’t get along and were barely speaking.

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WC On July 1st of each year, the Alabama Commissioner of Labor determines the State’s average weekly wage to used in relation to injuries occurring on the job on or after July 1 of that year. Subject to maximum and minimum rates, temporary total disability (TTD) benefits are paid to workers in Alabama who are injured on the job at a rate of 66 2/3 of their average weekly wage. TTD benefits are paid during the “healing period” that follows an injury and continue until the worker reaches maximum medical improvement. Effective July 1, 2013, the maximum temporary total disability (TTD) benefit increased to $788 per week, meaning that if an employee earned $1,182 per week or $61,464 annually and was injured on the job, he or she would be paid a maximum TTD benefit of $788 per week. http://dir.alabama.gov/docs/guides/wc_weeklywage.pdf

If you think Biglaw has a quality control problem, then you should check out the tactical decisions coming from some prosecutors’ offices. You’d think there would be someone in the chain of command who would see motions like these come across the desk and say, “Hey, maybe this will make us look incredibly stupid.”

At least we hope this is a quality control problem. It’d be way worse if tactical decisions this asinine came down from on high.

Anyway, the government in this case made a huge mistake. Sorry, I mean “the prosecutors,” because they don’t want to be called “the government” anymore, and filed a motion in limine to that effect.

Thankfully, this clever attorney wrote an epic response trolling the prosecutors for their ludicrous motion….