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The Most Iconic Latino Courtroom Looks Of All Time

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The art of the celebrity courtroom outfit is a genre of fashion all to itself. The wearer must project the perfect blend of identities in order to win over the public. A great courtroom look should make a person look smart, but not clever, humble, but not a push-over, and well-groomed without being too glamorous.

Needless to say, stars like Cardi B who know their way around a courthouse, can pull off this look with aplomb. Others–not so much. Check out our list of the 20 most iconic Latino courtroom looks of all time below!

1. Cardi B

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Cardi B is arguably as famous for her law-breaking shenanigans as she is for her chart-topping beats. With a criminal history like hers, it’s no wonder she knows how to dress for court. In October 2018, Cardi turned herself into police for her alleged attack of two strip club bartenders.

2. Nicole Richie

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In 2007, Nicole Richie was not yet the laid-back socialite and working mother she is now–in fact, she was a reformed party girl. In 2007, Richie appeared at court to deal with charges relating to a past DUI. She looked chic and composed in an all-black ensemble complete with a low bun and her signature giant dark shades.

3. Jennifer Lopez

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JLo looked ever the fierce queen while she was leaving a New York City courthouse in early 2000. The visit was related to a scuffle at a club involving her then-boyfriend P. Diddy. Lopez brought the fashion with a cream turtleneck and a white jacket topped off with a fur stole.

4. Cardi B

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One of many Cardi B courtroom looks, Cardi enters this list as another Latina who opted for fur at the courthouse. She appeared at the Queens Criminal Court in January 2019 to deal with charges related to a fight at a strip club the year before.

5. Naya Rivera

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Naya Rivera appeared at a local court in Chesapeake, West Virginia to deal with domestic abuse charges. Much less glamorous than the previous entries, Rivera obviously didn’t have a lot of time to prepare her courtroom look.

6. Shakira

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Shakira showed up to court earlier this year in Madrid dressed in the edgy rocker-look her fans have come to know and love. Although she was smiling, she was dealing with an ugly plagiarism lawsuit.

7. The Menendez Brothers

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The high-profile trial of the Cuban-American Menendez brothers captured the attention of America not only for the gruesome nature of the double-homicide murders, but for the sharply-dressed fashion sense of the accused.

8. Bruno Mars

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Bruno Mars appeared in court for charges related to his arrest for possession of cocaine (don’t worry–the charges were eventually dropped). Regardless, Mars brought out all of the fashion stops for his courtroom appearance. As one Twitter user so aptly put it: “Only Bruno Mars can make going to court look like a photo shoot”.

9. Lorena Bobbitt

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Although her courtroom appearance for dismembering her husband was for a less-than-flattering circumstance, Ecuadorian-born Lorena Bobbitt won over America by her harrowing story of sexual and physical abuse at the hands of her husband. And because of her fashion sense that gave us the perfect Cher Horowitz-vibes.

10. Sonia Sotamayor

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One of the few entries on this list whose appearance in court has nothing to do with her bad choice, Justice Sonia Sotomayor makes that shapeless long black robe look like couture.

11. Cardi B

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Probably her least flattering courtroom ensemble, Cardi B’s court appearance in December of 2018 makes the lowest of her entries in this list. Much less polished than her other looks, it seems as if this look was thrown together last-minute.

12. Jodi Arias

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Compared to her everyday look outside the courtroom, Jodi Arias’s courtroom look was downright virginal (no pun intended). A quick google search proves that Arias was a sexy, vampy blonde before she got into trouble with the law. Her courtroom look was frumpy librarian–but it didn’t convince the jury of her innocence.

13. Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi

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Donning her signature orange tan, penciled-in brows, and buffant-like teased hair, Chilean-born Snooki Polizzi’s courtroom appearance in 2010 was the epitome of early 2000s “guidette” fashion. The charges? Disorderly conduct and disturbing the quiet (aka, what she built her career on).

14. Charlie Sheen

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Charlie Sheen (nee Carlos Estevez) appeared at an Aspen courthouse in early 2010 due to a class-five felony menacing charge, among others. He dialed up his celebrity vibe with a dark suit and dark sunglasses.

15. Michelle Rodriguez

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In 2006, Dominican actress Michelle Rodriguez donned a brown leather jacket and light brown shirt to court for charges related to a previous DUI. Although she looked like a badass, the judge made it clear that drunk driving is never okay. Rodriguez pleaded guilty and spent five days in jail.

16. Prince Royce

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Before he was the Latino hitmaker Prince Royce, this young New York Dominican was just a teenager named Geoffrey Royce Rojas who appeared on “Judge Judy” knockoff, “The People’s Court”. Royce was accused of stealing another man’s music, but the real story was how adorable Royce looked as a young kid in some grown-man trouble!

17. Aurea Vazquez Rijos

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Aurea Vazquez Rijos, the Puerto Rican former beauty queen and convicted murderer, was forced to appear in court in a dumpy scrub-like navy jumpsuit on charges of murdering her husband to get her hands on his fortune. The unflattering ensemble was a far cry from the high-fashion getups she was used to!

18. Marilyn Milian

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Born to Cuban parents in New York, Marilyn Milian is the HBIC and judge on the hit show “The People’s Court” (yes, the same show that Prince Royce appeared in). Her courtroom look is the definition of iconic: always professional, but extra polished.

19. Tekashi 6ix9ine

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Dubbed “The Supervillain of Hip Hop” by the media, Tekashi 6ix9ine (aka Daniel Hernandez) did himself no favors when he appeared in court sporting a ragged, multi-colored messy bun and a Tommy Hilfiger hoodie. In 2019, 6ix9ine pled guilty to racketeering, weapons, and drug charges and is facing up to 47 years in prison.

A Judge In NY Has To Decided If Unvaccinated Children Should Be Allowed In School Risking The Lives Of Other Children

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A Judge In NY Has To Decided If Unvaccinated Children Should Be Allowed In School Risking The Lives Of Other Children

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Just two months ago, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that mandates vaccination for children old enough to attend schools, and participate in education with other children, unless otherwise advised by a doctor. The legislation came after the spread of misinformation about vaccines caused a series of measles outbreaks in the spring. Scientific literature based on decades worth of data from tens of thousands of children has proven vaccination safe and effective for the public.

Attorney’s Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Michael Sussman filed a class action suit for about three dozen parents who claim that vaccinating their children goes against their faith. Wednesday, Albany courtrooms were packed with over 1,000 anti-vaxxers who wanted to hear how the judge would rule in a debate around religious freedom vs. public health.

The crowd of anti-vaxxers wore white in reference to the Argentine mothers who wore white as they protested their government’s brutal killings and disappearances of their liberal children.

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The anti-vaxxers feel that the implication of the government forcing them to vaccine their children from measles is tantamount to the Argentine government killing or “disappearing” 30,000 young, leftist political activists from existence in the 1970s. 

In April 1977, 14 mothers, wearing images of their missing children’s faces around their neck, marched around the Presidential Palace in the Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires. They took a stand against a violent government in a defiant act to demand justice for their children.

These New York parents also feel the law doesn’t allow enough time to find proper education for their children. 

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The demonstrators told Gothamist reporters, Gwynne Hogan and Claire Lampen, that “the new law effectively disappeared their children from the school system.” If the religious exemptions aren’t upheld, their alternative would be to homeschool their children or move to a different state.

“[We’re] hoping that our kids are granted the right to go back to school. Our children have been kicked out,” Long Island mother Amy McBride, 41, told Gothamist. “We’ve all been meeting, trying to look at curriculums, understand how to make it work, what the regulations are, understanding what it takes to actually do that…Our beliefs are steadfast and sincere and true and we’re not going to cave.”

The lawyers in the case argued that legislators demonstrated “active hostility toward religion.”

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“[These children] are going to have nowhere to go to school…They have no idea what they are going to do with these children,” Sussman said. New York State attorney Helena Lynch refuted that claim. “The actual legislative record is so clear that the motivation was public health,” Lynch said. “The right to religious expression does not encompass the right to place others in danger.”

Lynch also expressed that legislators aren’t targeting religious groups but are genuinely “skeptical” that those choosing not to vaccinate their kids were expressing personal beliefs rather than religious ones. The crux of the argument seems to rest on public health risk for allowing the religious exemption, especially when an approximate 26,000 children would be unvaccinated in New York schools.

The bill’s sponsor, Democratic Senator Brad Hoylman from Manhattan, specifically wanted to eliminate the religious exemption as the key reason for the recent spread of measles.

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You have a First Amendment right to practice your own religion, but you do not have the right to endanger your children or worse other people’s children,” he told a press conference. Already, 14 percent of pre-school aged children in Williamsburg are estimated to be unvaccinated for religious reasons or otherwise. Another 28 percent in Rockland County were unvaccinated.

The anti-vaxxers expressed that they wished New York followed in California’s suit by allowing a year for the law to take effect. But public health advocates cite a sense of urgency for public safety measures, “This needs to be done, not tomorrow, not in a week, not in a month, and not in a year,” said one activist. “It must be done immediately, the numbers are gaining strength.”

Crowds packed even this overflow room as they waited for the judge’s answer.

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They never heard it. Judge Hartman hasn’t made her decision yet about whether to allow 26,000 unvaccinated children go to New York schools in time for school start dates just three weeks from the hearing. The anti-vaxxers want her to put a stay on the state law which would allow those children to go to school while she continues to hear the case and make a final, permanent decision.

READ: A 12-Year-Old Mexican Boy Hilariously Trolled Anti-Vaxxers In This Viral Video

The Bernie Campaign Teamed Up With Cardi B To Talk About Police Brutality, DREAMers And Raising Wages

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The Bernie Campaign Teamed Up With Cardi B To Talk About Police Brutality, DREAMers And Raising Wages

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Vermont Senator and Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and rapper Cardi B have been teasing their on-screen discussion on issues ranging from police brutality to canceling student debt for a few weeks now. Finally, the Sanders campaign published the video in all its nearly ten minutes of glory.

The two met at Detroit’s TEN nail bar, a deluxe nail salon founded and operated by two women of color. Cardi B came prepared with a list of questions that her own followers have brought up with her. In essence, Cardi B served as a representative of her fans’ political interests and brought them to a Presidential candidate to see if he would be the guy to officially represent their needs in the nation’s most meaningful capacity–as POTUS 2020.

Six weeks ago, Cardi asked her fans what they would want to hear Bernie Sanders discuss.

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On July 2, the rapper shared a video to Instagram telling her followers that her number one question to Bernie Sanders is about how to end police brutality in this country. “What would you like to ask? what change would you like to see in your community and in the USA 🇺🇸?” she posted. “2020 is getting very close let’s get familiar with who is running and how they can change the country! Put your questions down below and your questions may be answered very soon.”

Nobody expected she was actually going to sit down with Bernie Sanders and represent the Bardi Gang’s political issues.

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Hilariously, Sanders wiggled his fingers alongside Cardi B’s as he told us that, “Cardi B’s nails are juuuust a little different than mine. Our views on the issues are pretty similar.” 

Cardi B absolutely nailed it as an interviewer. She steered the conversation and truly represented her followers’ interests. She opened the video to remind everyone that, “A couple of weeks ago, I asked my followers what types of questions would you want to ask a Democratic candidate. Let’s go baby.” Here are the takeaways.

Number one: Cardi and Bernie’s shared goal is getting Trump out of office.

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“You know what I’m trying to do is I’m trying to advocate the youth in my community because I feel like there’s a serious problem right now in America,” Cardi opens. “We have this bully as a President and the only way to take him out is somebody winning.”

“We’ve got to get rid of Donald Trump, obviously. Because Donald Trump is an overt racist. He’s just way out there.”

The first question on Cardi’s mind is putting an end to police brutality in America. Bernie has a three-pronged plan.

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Cardi B got vulnerable and talked about the mental effects of what it’s like to “constantly see on social media police brutality against black men and against minorities. What are we going to do to change that, because that is discouraging our people? We constantly see our men getting killed every day, and it seems like nobody cares.”

Sanders wants to end the militarization of police departments, which he sees as a form of intimidation.

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To address police brutality, he wants the Department of Justice to investigate every police killing to ensure accountability and prevent local police departments from covering up crimes. He also wants to federally obligate police departments to “look like the community they serve” and “not like an oppressive army.” Sanders related to the “disgust” of seeing 1 in 4 young black men in the criminal justice system. His solution to that specific issue is to invest in free education instead of investing in prisons and incarceration. 

During his first week as President, Sanders will reinstate the executive order that gave protections to DREAMers, and he wants to extend those protections to their parents.

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Cardi had recalled meeting a fan who enrolled for protections under DACA and is now facing deportation back to Mexico–a place that he has no living memory of ever knowing. Bernie wants the 1.8 million young people who qualify for DACA to experience the freedoms of this country. When he said he wants to expand that program to their parents, Cardi did a little jiggle and let out a “Yeahhh!”

Bernie is going to raise taxes to allow free healthcare and education, but it will be cheaper on a day to day for Americans.

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“People are afraid to pay more taxes than they’re already paying,” Cardi rightly stated. Bernie’s plan to offer free health care for all will ultimately be cheaper for the overwhelming majority of people than paying for premiums, deductibles, and copayments.

Cardi B will never forget how hard it was to make a living wage before she found fame.

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Cardi B brought up how “certain people like to brag” about how there are more jobs in America, but she’s questioning the quality of these jobs. Why are her followers having to work two or three jobs to survive? Bernie wants to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. 

By placing a modest tax on Wall Street, Sanders plans to cancel student debt.

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Forty-five million Americans are living with student debt. Sanders knows that those of us in our 20s and 30s were told that we had to go to college to get a good job. Where the good jobs at? Our generation is far less likely to own homes and make financial progress in our lives. For the first time, our generation is worse off than the generation before it. 

Sanders has a message to Cardi B’s followers: “Trump doesn’t want people of color to be participating in the political process.”

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“Participate in the political process,” he tells POC. You can spend five minutes to register to vote here.

Watch the full interview below!

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