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Florida Man Wears Jacket Featuring Crack Recipe to Court

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- A Florida man facing drug trafficking charges made a bold fashion statement in court, arriving in a jacket covered with cartoons showing the recipe for crack cocaine.

The graphics depicted a pile of white powder, a box of baking soda and a pot on a stove -- components for making crack -- alongside the slogan "stack paper say nothing." The cartoon was repeated dozens of times on the white jacket, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported.

The defendant, who appeared Friday at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, was not reprimanded for wearing the jacket.

Joshua Rydell, the defense attorney for the unidentified man, said it was not the first time one of his clients had made an ill-advised choice of apparel.

"Giant marijuana leaves on their T-shirts ... It's so common that I routinely advise clients, 'No drug-related clothes when you come to court,'" he said.

But Rydell said he did not interpret the jacket "as a recipe to cook crack."

"I took it as freedom of expression," he said.

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