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Posted: 12:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 23, 2016

Attorney agrees to remove 'Black Lives Matter' pin from blouse

Lawyer had refused order on Tuesday

Erika Ballou
Erika Ballou

By Don Bishop

A judge makes a ruling on what can be worn in his court room.

A Las Vegas defense attorney has agreed to remove a "Black Lives Matter" pin from her blouse.

This was after a state court judge held firm and said he wouldn't allow displays of political viewpoints during proceedings in his courtroom.

Deputy Public Defender Erika Ballou, who is black, acknowledges that judges have broad discretion in enforcing courtroom decorum.

She had refused on Tuesday when the judge asked her to remove the pin or remain outside the courtroom.

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