Checking out a published report, Erik Magraken contacted former New Mexico state senator Duncan Scott and found that it was true, the lawmaker had indeed introduced a legislative amendment in 1995 providing that:
When a psychologist or psychiatrist testifies during a defendant’s competency hearing, the psychologist or psychiatrist shall wear a cone-shaped hat that is not less than two feet tall. The surface of the hat shall be imprinted with stars and lightning bolts. Additionally, a psychologist or psychiatrist shall be required to don a white beard that is not less than 18 inches in length, and shall punctuate crucial elements of his testimony by stabbing the air with a wand. Whenever a psychologist or psychiatrist provides expert testimony regarding a defendant’s competency, the bailiff shall contemporaneously dim the courtroom lights and administer two strikes to a Chinese gong…
The amendment — intended satirically, one should hasten to add –“passed with a unanimous Senate vote” but was removed from its bill before consideration by the state house and never became law. (& Coyote, Above the Law)
They should also be requires to intone “Do not mistake me for a conjurer of cheap tricks”, see http://www.hark.com/clips/cdfjbmszcg-do-not-take-me-for-some-conjuror-of-cheap-tricks
I’m sort of liking this… as a starting point.
All doctors must appear in the guise of shamans?
All engineers in white lab coats?
All politicians in stocks?
All cops like Dudley Doright?
Lawyers in Fools Caps with bells. Or bring back powered wigs!
Lawyers dressed in black ski masks would be more like it.
Lawyers dressed as Prostitutes – the only other profession who will do what their client wants for money even if morally suspect.
Lawyers dressed as (expensive) prostitutes AND black ski masks!
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