Court Trend: Defendants in Fake Glasses
Non-prescription eyewear makes clients look 'studious': lawyer
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Mar 29, 2012 3:48 PM CDT
Glasses are a new fashion statement for defendants.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – A guy in glasses wouldn't hurt a fly, right? That's what some defense lawyers hope people believe when they tell their clients to wear specs to trial. These days, thick-framed non-prescription "hipster" glasses are all the rage in court, the Washington Post reports. "If you’re wearing glasses, you don’t look like what people might expect a criminal to look like," says a jury consultant. Adds a lawyer: "Sometimes I want my clients to wear them to appear more studious."

In some cases, the eyewear hasn't been talked about. But in a trial this month, all five defendants accused in a string of DC murders turned up wearing glasses, prompting a prosecutor to ask a witness if he'd ever seen his friend wearing glasses before; the witness said no. "They’re masks. They’re designed to confuse the witness and influence the jury," says one prosecutor. A study suggests the defendants may be onto something: Researchers found that African-American defendants in glasses were perceived as more honest and intelligent, though white defendants weren't seen that way.

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Mar 29, 2012 8:03 PM CDT
Can I be wheeled into court on a gurney?
Mar 29, 2012 7:38 PM CDT
Glasses? Please. My last two times in court I faked leprosy. Beat that, bitches.
Mar 29, 2012 7:30 PM CDT
Hopeandchange: "scumbag" lawyers only do it because prejudiced juries fall for it. It's funny how people dump all their anger and self-loathing on lawyers, forgetting that clients pay them to be that way. It's like a John calling a prostitute dirty.