I read this article on The New Republic and it reminded it of the time I was called up for jury duty.
The most striking thing was the difference in appearance between the two lawyers. The prosecutor looked sharp, was well dressed, and was in great shape.
And his counterpart was the opposite. His suit didn’t fit well, he was overweight, and it looked like he’d been sweating, despite it being a relatively chilly fall morning.
When they stood up to introduce themselves, one was a lot more energetic than the other.
Judging things by their appearance is always a dangerous game, but it did not look like both sides had close to equal representation at all.
(As an aside, I’m struggling to think of where I read a defense lawyer deliberately dressed up more shabbily to gain sympathy points. Thought it was from To Kill a Mockingbird at first, but can’t find a relevant quote.)