Monday, February 13, 2012

Psychologist shall wear a cone-shaped hat

Overlawyered reports that New Mexico nearly passed this in 1995:
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…
Funny! I would vote for that. I would also require the lawyers to wear clown suits, and the judge to wear a Mickey Mouse hat. Professionals need the respect that they deserve.

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