FEDERAL JUDGE IN ALABAMA GRANTS LAWYER’S REQUEST TO DELAY TRIAL IN LIGHT OF AUBURN’S PARTICIPATION IN BCS TITLE GAME

Federal criminal lawyer (and crackerjack fishing guide) Steve Salter sent us a link to a unique story involving a request by a lawyer to delay a federal trial so that he could attend the BCS title game in Arizona. In his request, the lawyer (and Auburn football fan) asked the judge to delay scheduling the federal trial so that he and his family could attend the game. The lawyer also stated that “[s]ince the last National Championship Game for Auburn was 1957 (and I was born in 1965) it is fair to say that this is a once in a life-time opportunity. Without Cam Newton (or Nick Saban as our coach) it is hard to imagine this ever happening again.” Along with his filing, the lawyer included a photo of his three young daughters wearing Auburn football jerseys.

United States District Judge Kristi DuBose granted the motion, stating that “[t]he Court has a unique understanding of the predicament of Hartford’s lead counsel. See Exhibit A.” Exhibit A, which was attached to the judge’s order, was a photograph of a young girl in what appears to be an Auburn cheerleader outfit with a stuffed tiger sitting next to her.

When asked about the reference to Nick Saban as the Auburn coach, the lawyer said he was “hedging [his] bets in case the judge was an Alabama fan.”

It is nice to see a federal judge accommodate a lawyer’s unique personal situation, and we appreciate Steve Salter, who is a life-long Auburn fan himself, sending us this link. The full story, as reported in the Birmingham News, can be found here.