Attorneys: Jury potentials turned away because of dress code

Published On: Jun 03 2014 09:28:17 AM EDT
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -

Attorneys say their clients' rights were violated because of how prospective jurors were dressed, causing security guards at Orlando's federal courthouse to turn them away.  

Attorneys Bruce Zimet and John Bergendahl say the guards turned away the potential jurors because they didn't meet the dress code. 

Zimet and Bergendahl represent clients Jim Sotolongo and Stephanie Musselwhite. The two were convicted of defrauding the United States and financial institutions. 

The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports Zimet and Bergendahl want a new trial.  They say Sotolongo and Musselwhite's Sixth Amendment rights were violated. 

According to the juror brochure, proper attire for men includes coats and ties and a similar attire for women.

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