Criminal Defendants Get Makeovers
INSIDE EDITION reports on defendants showing up in court with dramatic makeovers.
Max Rosenblum is the 22-year-old arrested in connection with the death of Oscar winner Philip Seymour Hoffman. When he first appeared in court almost two weeks ago, he looked scraggly and unkempt.
But now, he has gotten a dramatic makeover complete with a clean-cut haircut, a dress shirt and tie. At his arraignment where he pled not guilty to cocaine possession, he looked like a preppy man.
His girlfriend, Juliana Luchkiw, looked chic as she walked into the courtroom in a pant suit and pled not guilty to drug possession. But she was a scraggly mess when she first appeared in court two weeks ago.
Jury consultant Jo-Ellan Dimitrius told INSIDE EDITION, “There have been a lot of social science studies that show that the attractiveness of the defendant is connected to the outcome of the trial."
Eric Millerberg looked like a buttoned-down Wall Street banker, with a suit, tie, and glasses in court, but he used to look like a skinhead and his neck adorned with tattoos.
Millerberg, a white supremacist, stood trial for the slaying of his 16-year-old babysitter. His lawyers advised him to shave his beard. His tattoo, 'Death' was hidden by his shirt collar.
Dimitrius said, "The defense lawyer did an amazing job with that transformation. It's been awhile since I’ve seen a transformation that incredible!"
Defendant John Ditullio had another incredible courtroom makeover. During his murder trial, his defense lawyer actually hired a makeup artist to cover the tattoo on his face and the swastika on his neck.
Lawyer Bjorn Brunvand said, "You want to look presentable so you are not judged by your appearance."
His makeup artist showed INSIDE EDITION how she used thick concealer to cover those hateful tattoos.
But do these makeovers work? Not for Millerberg. He may have ditched his scary skinhead look, but he was still convicted of killing the babysitter.
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