A trial set for court in New Orleans on Jan. 9 is being delayed at the request of an attorney.
And what is the basis of that request? The trial was scheduled for the same day of the college football championship game, and she wants to be there in support of her alma mater, Louisiana State University
Of course, the court approved the request, as you can see in the official “Memorandum to Support” featured on this page. (See the full document by clicking here.)
Even better, this motion was approved before LSU was guaranteed a spot in the BCS bowl game. The court made it clear on the very same memorandum, though, that it knew LSU would be the winner in the recent SEC championship game against Georgia.
This is the explanatory footnote offered by the court in its issuance of approval:
“Undersigned counsel is aware the SEC Championship game is scheduled to be played tomorrow; however, there is no way that Georgia will beat LSU in the SEC Championship game; and even if such atrocities were to occur, which is denied, no poll voter in his/her right mind would allow Alabama and another team to play in the BCS National Championship game when LSU beat Alabama, and Alabama did not even play for their own conference championship. Therefore, undersigned counsel suggests that LSU is a proverbial ‘shoe in’. It is further noted that most commentators agree.”
The attorney didn’t make the request for her own sake, either. As the memorandum notes: “One can not (sic) expect jurors … to attend and be attentive to the critical facts and law necessary for a fair trial on the same day of the Game.”
There’s even a precedent for this type of motion, too. The same request was made in a Louisiana court in 2007, prior to the 2008 BCS game, which was the last time LSU appeared in the championship.
As a native of the state (and an alumnus of a Louisiana school that had no football team), I’ve always been an LSU fan myself. I don’t think I’d have braved making such a request to a court, however, even with that precedent.
(h/t to Above the Law)