GA Courthouse Dress Code Causes Controversy Over Freedom of Expression

October 5, 2015

A DeKalb County, GA woman was turned away from traffic court for what she believes was a violation of her freedom of expression, by wearing a dress deemed inappropriate.

Olivia Walker was to appear in recorder’s court for a traffic ticket, but she said sheriff’s deputies would not allow her into the courthouse because the dress she was wearing was too short.

“They said, ‘Well, the sign says no minis.’ I said, ‘Well, a mini is up to the thigh,’ and I said, ‘Well, mine as it is now is slightly above the knee and when I pull it down further, it’s  below the knee,’” Walker told Channel 2’s Eric Philips. “This is a push back to the 50's, 40's, and 30's on women, to control women,” she said.

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What are your thoughts? Were the deputies incognito of what a mini-skirt was? And, keeping in mind her size, do you believe Walker was dressed inappropriately?