Contributed By: David Porter

cloth-drive-2015More than 10,000 garments were donated by the community to a recent clothing drive conducted by Robert Wesley, Public Defender for Florida’s 9th Judicial Circuit.

Mr. Wesley’s office represents needy people in Orange and Osceola counties who have been accused of crimes; children in delinquency cases, and people who are facing involuntary commitment for mental health problems and addictions.
“Many of our clients often don’t have anything better than jeans and T-shirts…and that’s not acceptable dress for the courtroom,” Mr. Wesley said. “We want to be sure our clients’ cases aren’t adversely affected by what they’re wearing. It’s also important to show the court respect.”

During the drive held Dec. 6th in front of the Orange County Court House dozens of people – many of them lawyers in private practice – brought carloads of gently worn court- appropriate clothing for men, women and children.

“I am absolutely delighted with the response to our appeal for clothing,” Mr. Wesley said, “We so grateful for the generosity of so many people in our community.”