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Cleavage too distracting for jurors

Cleavage too distracting for jurors

A woman's sizeable cleavage has drawn more attention than usual in an American court after an Illinois lawyer claimed the presence of the large-breasted woman was a distraction to the jury.As…

A woman's sizeable cleavage has drawn more attention than usual in an American court after an Illinois lawyer claimed the presence of the large-breasted woman was a distraction to the jury.

As reported by Lowering the Bar, the Illinois lawyer filed a motion seeking to prevent his opponent's female "companion" from sitting with him during the trial, on the grounds that the woman's rather large breasts would distract the jury.

The motion states, "Defendant's counsel is anecdotally familiar with the tactics and theatrics of plaintiff's counsel... Such behaviour includes having a large-breasted woman sit next to him at counsel's table during the course of the trial. There is no evidence whatever that this woman has any legal training whatsoever and the sole purpose of her presence ... is to draw the attention of the jury away from the relevant proceedings before this court..."

According to the plaintiff's response, the voluptuous woman was in fact the lawyer's paralegal and fully qualified.

"[The] defendant's motion does not cite any existing law or make any good-faith legal argument for the proposition that a woman may be barred from a counsel's table at a jury trial because she is 'large-breasted'," responded the plaintiff side.

While the outcome of this motion is unknown, Folklaw isn't quite sure what to say about this rather ridiculous use of court time (though not particularly surprised). One can only feel sorry for the poor paralegal whose ample cleavage was the subject of court discussion and now officially on the record.

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