Judge in George Huguely Case Can't Keep the Love Out of the Courtroom

yeardley loveThe trial of George Huguely has been taking place all week long in Charlottesville, Virginia. Huguely is being tried for the first-degree murder of 22-year-old Yeardley Love, his ex-girlfriend and fellow University of Virginia student. As one would expect, Love's family, including her sister Lexie, and friends have been sitting in the courtroom day after day in support of their lost loved one, hoping and praying that justice will be served.

In a hearing before the trial began, the judge banned spectators from wearing One Love Foundation memorial bracelets in honor of Yeardley. But Love's friends and family didn't let that ruling stop them from showing their solidarity. Instead of bracelets, they show up at court each day wearing the same color clothing.

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During jury selection they all wore pink, during opening arguments they all wore turquoise, and yesterday, they wore gray.

Thursday's scene as described by She the People:

The visual result is a particularly female form of dissent: In the front row, Yeardley’s mother, Sharon, never peels off her gray car coat, though it’s not chilly in the courtroom. Beside her, her older daughter Lexie, who celebrated her 28th birthday by testifying for the prosecution, is in gray silk and following every word uttered in court. Behind them, several rows packed with female cousins, friends and former UVA women’s lacrosse teammates in gray sweaters and scarves glare at the defendant en masse as he whispers to his female attorney.

Fashion certainly does make a statement.

It's such a simple thing to do, yet such a powerful one. And while the judge may have kept the bracelets out of the courtroom, he couldn't keep the love out -- or the Love out. Because every time the jurors see that group of spectators sitting there quietly in the courtroom wearing the chosen color of the day, they will remember Yeardley Love, the victim who cannot be there to speak for herself.

 

Image via Media Relations University of Virginia

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