Even the legal system in South Bend, IN, is taking a back seat to the upcoming BCS title game.
The court documents for “Arttemis and Elizabeth Hendally v. Essroc Cement Corp” show that on Dec. 12, an attorney in the South Bend case asked to delay a pretrial conference set for Monday, Jan. 7 — the day of the BCS National Championship Game between Notre Dame and Alabama, for which the attorney has tickets.
This is not the first that we have heard of attorneys asking for delayed trials or court dates so as to attend a big game. However, this is the first time we have seen official documentation of such a request. Below is the decision rendered on the matter by Judge Rudy Lozano of the U.S. District Court.
“In the instant motion, counsel for Plaintiffs, an alumnus of the University of Notre Dame, requests that the Final Pretrial Conference be moved to a later date. Counsel further advises the Court that he has tickets to the BCS National Championship game in Miami to be played by Notre Dame and Alabama, and that the game is to be played the same day as the Final Pretrial Conference in this case. He notes that it is likely that this game ‘will be the last that Notre Dame plays for a championship in counsel’s lifetime.’
As an Indiana University graduate, I am not particularly sympathetic to this request. Nonetheless, I am hoping not to get coal in my stocking for Christmas, and in the spirit of the season, the request is GRANTED IN PART.”
While the judge wasn’t able to move the court date back, he did move it forward to Jan. 4 to accommodate the request.
And here we were thinking that all legal documents had to be serious in tone.