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ST. JOHNSBURY, VT.

Judge tells defendant to change T-shirt

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A Vermont judge refused to arraign a domestic violence suspect until he changed his shirt, which had the words: ‘‘I bust mine to kick yours.’’ Caledonia Superior Court Judge Mary Miles Teachout told Christopher Bryant on Wednesday she was not going ahead with the arraignment until he changed the shirt. She then left the courtroom. The Caledonian-Record reported that public defender Doug Willey then took of his suit jacket and put it on his client backwards to cover the 28-year-old Bryant’s torso. Bryant, of St. Johnsbury, remained covered by Willey’s coat for the arraignment in which he pleaded not guilty. He was charged with unlawful restraint, domestic assault, and other charges stemming from a confrontation with his girlfriend.

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