Big game delays trial

February 4, 2010
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A judge in New Orleans has postponed a jury trial set to begin Monday because some prospective jurors, attorneys, and court personnel will be heading to Miami to watch the Saints lose in the Super Bowl. Judge Michael Bagneris said “The court recognizes that this pilgrimage enhances the chance of the Who Dat Nation to acquire the long sought after Holy Grail – the Vince Lombardi trophy.”

Maybe it’s because we’ve been there before, but there aren’t any reports of Marion County courts in Indianapolis postponing hearings or trials because of the Super Bowl. Mario Massillamany with the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office told me no one has rescheduled anything and there are trials scheduled for Monday. He did say the prosecutor’s office has noticed attorneys are trying to get pleas earlier than normal. That bargaining usually happens closer to Friday. He thinks defense attorneys may be trying to speed up the process so they can avoid court on Monday.

If you’ve heard of anything in the legal community or courts being moved to accommodate the Super Bowl, feel free to share.
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