The move sets up a major court fight with the nation’s most populous state. Thirteen states and the District of Columbia have vowed to adopt California’s stricter standards if they diverge from the federal government’s, as have several automakers.
Among the banned items: baggy clothing (“pants must be worn at the waist”), hats worn backward or sideways, and work and construction boots. Choptank says it is just following the standard set by neighboring restaurants.
The gripping series was inspired by a Pulitzer Prize-winning 2015 article from Propublica and the Marshall Project about a woman who was charged with filing a false report after claiming that she had been raped.