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Here's an AP story forwarded to us by our friend, Jerry Skurnick, a partner of PRIME NEW YORK :

MILWAUKEE—A judge is asking a lawyer to tie one on.

Circuit Judge William Sosnay held up court for about three hours Tuesday after a prosecutor showed up wearing a red ascot to court despite a rule requiring lawyers to wear neckties.

Sosnay decided that Warren Zier's ascot -- a silk scarf-like loop of cloth worn at the base of the neck -- "borders on contemptuous."

"He has told me that if we're before a jury, he would appear with a tie," the judge said. "Well, why? I think we can draw an obvious implication from that."

Zier said he plans to continue with his practice of rotating his neck wear from a long tie to a bow tie to an ascot.

Zier said he'll just have to wait to find out what happens with the threat of a contempt citation. "I guess we'll deal with that if it gets to that point," Zier said.

Tying up three hours of the court's time, over a "dress code" violation of such an inconsequential sort, is an inexcusable waste of judicial resources and tax dollars.

We're of the opinion that -- for engaging in this type of nonsense -- Sosnay should be "disrobed."

To view the piece, as it appeared on the boston.com website, please use this link: ASCOTS AIN'T TIES