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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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