LEGAL BRIEFS

Courtroom Style

Desperate Housewives star Nicolette Sheridan buttoned up for court as her wrongful termination suit came to a close in Los Angeles. See pictures of other stars who have laid on the polish.

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Desperate Housewives star Nicolette Sheridan buttoned up for court as her wrongful termination suit came to a close in Los Angeles. See pictures of other stars who have laid on the polish.

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Nicolette Sheridan

Desperate Housewives star Nicollette Sheridan cleaned up nicely for court as her wrongful termination suit comes to a close and deliberations begin over a verdict that is expected soon—she claims that her character was killed off because she had disagreements with show creator Marc Cherry, who allegedly hit her once.

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Naomi Campbell

The supermodel reluctantly went to The Hague to testify in the war-crimes trial of Liberian leader Charles Taylor last week, and though she ultimately acknowledged receiving "dirty stones," her wardrobe choice made a case for her innocence: an immaculate creme Alaïa knit dress and matching cardigan.

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Lil' Kim

In 2005, the rapper was charged with conspiracy and perjury for lying about a shooting. During her trial, the usually provocative performer tried out a consciously classy look, trading in her skimpy ensembles for tweed blazers, ruffles, and buttoned-up blouses. The innocent act didn't work—she ended up serving a year in prison.

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Courtney Love

The notoriously disheveled rocker was sentenced to house arrest in 2005 for violating a 28-day drug-treatment program and was released in February 2006. Having achieved sobriety with the help of Mel Gibson, of all people, Love began appearing in court in smart pantsuits and cleaned up her image in public thereafter. On the issue of courtroom style, she recently tweeted: "i think the best thing to wear to la county court when your cpa and lawyer are ripping you blind and you arent sure why your THERE? is anthropologie who can argue with it?"

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Winona Ryder

The actress went the ladylike route and was all Marc Jacobs, all the time for her court appearances during her 2002 trial for shoplifting—with the exception of a Fendi purse thrown into the mix.

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Pamela Anderson

In 2002 the model-turned-actress was faithful to her bombshell image when she showed up for court to fight ex Tommy Lee for custody of her two kids, donning a revealing (surprise!), wildly inappropriate dress that showed off her best assets.

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Lindsay Lohan

LiLo, a frequent flier in the courtroom, has learned to dress for the occasion over time. In October 2009, she wore a white studded jacket and harem pants to a progress hearing. In May of this year, she showed up in a Prada suit, Dior shades, and a low, low cut Costume National shirt. At her hearing in July, however, she cleaned up her act, appearing in a more demure black shirt and gray pants. Who could forget, however, her colorful nail polish, complete with a colorful message.

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Imelda Marcos

The former First Lady of the Philippines was no stranger to the court—she spent nearly two decades fighting allegations of illegal money transfers and racketeering, and was later acquitted of the charges. Marcos was known for her style and, of course, her 2,700 pairs of shoes.

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Chris Brown

The singer did his best to look contrite during his infamous 2009 domestic violence trial, during which he pleaded not guilty to assaulting Rihanna, donning dapper suits and a curious 'do.

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Nicole Richie

For her 2007 court appearance, stemming from a DUI charge, Paris' former BFF chose ever stylish Christian Louboutin heels and a black Moschino dress.

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Paris Hilton

In 2009, when the celebutante was sued for $8.3 million, she showed up for court looking more like she'd been invited to a black and white cocktail hour, decked out in chic dresses and 6-inch stilettos.

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Robert Downey Jr.

The actor showed up in a serious suit at a California courthouse, and later in the year opted for a wilder look, donning colorful glasses and a matching tie.

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Phil Spector

The legendary music producer was tried twice for murdering actress Lana Clarkson. The initial mistrial lasted from 2005 to 2007, during which Spector tried out many hairstyles, from the comically large—a style so criminal he could have been held in contempt of court— to blond pageboy wigs, donning 1960s Mod style suits to boot. He toned it down somewhat, however, when he stood trial yet again in 2009 (when he was eventually convicted), sporting long dark hair and a mobster-esque suit.