May 27, 2018
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Portland man appeals conviction on basis of “baggy pants” statements

The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Maine — A 24-year-old Portland man is asking Maine’s highest court to overturn his attempted murder conviction for a shooting that left a former Marine paralyzed from the waist down.

Brandon Brown is serving a 17-year sentence for shooting James Sanders with a .357-caliber handgun on June 24, 2008, in Portland’s Old Port district.

Brown’s attorney, Stephen Schwartz, told the Maine Supreme Judicial Court on Thursday that the prosecutor was out of line by trying to cast Brown as a thug and a menace with repeated references to his baggy pants that he wore low around his hips.

The Portland Press Herald said Deputy District Attorney Meg Elam told justices she did not paint a biased picture of Brown to the jury.

There’s no word when the court will rule.

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