Denim Dispute at the Courthouse

There’s a dress code dispute at the courthouse.

Bexar County District Attorney Nico LaHood allows his prosecutors to wear jeans in courtrooms during Fiesta, the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo and other special days, if they’re not in trial.

“They’ve earned it and I”m going to back them up,” he said on the Trey Ware Morning Show on KTSA.

LaHood says his predecessor, Susan Reed, had a similar policy, but there’s a problem this year. Judge Steve Hilbig refuses to allow prosecutors or defense attorney to wear jeans in his courtroom. Period.

Hilbig says there’s a dress code and he’s just following the rules.

“That’s not his bailiwick. If he wants to get that rule changed, take it to the district judges and let them decide,” said Hilbig.

LaHood thinks there’s more to it.

“It’s just an attitude that I believe he has toward our prosecutors and I’m going to stand up for them,” said LaHood.

A heated exchange on the Trey Ware Morning Show ended with the D.A. and the judge agreeing to meet face-to-face to talk about it.

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