On Friday in Louisville, KY, a female defendant wearing no pants appeared before Judge Amber Wolf on misdemeanor charges and claimed that, despite her requests, the jail in which she was held refused to give her any pants (or feminine hygiene products). Judge Wolf was furious about the situation, asking, "Am I in the Twilight Zone? What is happening?" She got on the phone with Metro Corrections right then and there.
The defendant had been arrested several days earlier for failing to complete a diversion program after being charged with shoplifting (her first ever charge), and was subsequently held in jail for two or three days, dressed as she was when she was arrested, which was sans long pants.
Judge Wolf spoke to someone on the phone about the situation, and as an aside to the defendant, she said, "I'm not trying to embarrass you, I'm very sorry. Can we get her something to cover up with? Anything? Anything. I don't care what it is."
Steve Durham, a spokesperson for the jail, told WDRB that the woman had not been in custody long enough to be given a jail jumpsuit. She was apparently wearing shorts, which were covered by her long t-shirt. "This is pretty standard that when individuals are arrested, they remain in the clothing that they’ve been arrested in. Especially for the first 72 hours," he said.
After finding out that the defendant had no other charges, Judge Wolf decided to change the sentence to a $100 fine, with credit for time served. Talking to someone else, the judge can be heard saying: “This is her only charge ever. She should have been in jail for maybe a day, tops." To the defendant she says, "The fact you’re in custody is your fault—you gotta come to court. The rest of this is completely inhumane and unacceptable, and I’m incredibly sorry you had to go through this."