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This amendment SHALL NOT PASS!

Ran across this curious story from overlawyered. It seems that in 1995 the New Mexico state senate unanimously passed and then quickly removed an amendment requiring psychiatrists and psychologists to get their Gandalf on in court:
When a psychologist or psychiatrist testifies during a defendant’s competency hearing, the psychologist or psychiatrist shall wear a cone-shaped hat that is not less than two feet tall. The surface of the hat shall be imprinted with stars and lightning bolts. Additionally, a psychologist or psychiatrist shall be required to don a white beard that is not less than 18 inches in length, and shall punctuate crucial elements of his testimony by stabbing the air with a wand. Whenever a psychologist or psychiatrist provides expert testimony regarding a defendant’s competency, the bailiff shall contemporaneously dim the courtroom lights and administer two strikes to a Chinese gong…
Let the Harry Potter/LOTR/Fantasia comments commence!

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