Having worked in Alabama for a brief moment after college, I like to think I learned a few things about the state’s inhabitants.
Such as expecting not-so subtle racist references to a black high school being in the cotton fields. (I actually had to call my editor because I couldn’t locate any cotton fields.) Or their complete intolerance of a man wearing a pink polo shirt to a race at Talladega (quite possibly my biggest fashion mistake since the failed switch to snug underwear).
One thing that definitely stuck with me was the state’s maddening obsession with football. It was either Roll Tide or War Eagle. There really was no in between.
Luckily, one of my far-more-successful-than-me friends is studying law at Harvard. So he likes to peruse blogs of the legalese variety, and came across this.
Jan. 7, 2010 is the BCS National Championship Game between Alabama and Texas.
Alabama attorney Jon B. Terry is scheduled to be in court that week defending his clients.
Terry’s firm, Bains & Terry, promises a “No-Nonsense Approach to Litigation.” You know, the client first, everything else second. That is unless of course your trial date conflicts with quite possibly the biggest day in Alabama state history. Without a doubt far more important than the Selma to Montgomery March or the day George Wallace was shot.
Ladies and gentlemen, this is Alabama playing for the national title!
So on Tuesday, Terry filed this continuance motion in Jefferson County, Alabama. We learn a few things about Terry. One, his grammar isn’t up to snuff. Two, he better make sure his tickets don’t read “BSC National Title Game.”
Motion to Continue
Comes now Jon B. Terry, as one of the attorneys for the Defendants and would move to continue the current trail setting of January 4, 2010 and as grounds therefore would aver as follows:
1. This case was set for trial several months ago before certain monumental events occurred that were beyond the anticipation of the attorneys and the clients.
2. Since the setting of this case, one of the two great college football teams in this State has reached levels on a national scale that have not been enjoyed by any team in this State in 17 years next preceding the date hereof.
3. Currently, one of the two great teams in this State are playing for a national championship and has enjoyed an undefeated season and clinched the SEC Title Game.
4. Most of the attorneys representing all of the named Defendants have tickets and reservations in Pasadena on the 6th day of January, 2010, which date would conflict with the trial date as travel times and schedules for the game overlap the trial as currently set.
5. In fact, the Honorable Jim Lloyd has children that live in the area and is scheduled to be with them in California to celebrate the game and the Tide’s success.
6. Attempts to resolve this conflict directly with the Plaintiffs has been unfruitful as the reply has been that they are for the other great team in this State who did not make the playoffs. Unfortunately, that response remains short-sighted as they may one day find themselves in the same position that the Defendant attorneys are in and, unfortunately, the BSC Title Game is no longer scheduled on January 1st, but has been moved to January 7th.
7. In checking with your Honor’s Office, it was determined that there are potential quick dates available during March, the only known conflict being that Jim Lloyd has recently been elected President of the Birmingham Bar and must attend a conference on March 10-12. Other than that, the Defendants can be ready to be first out during any available week for trial during the month of February, March, or April and believe that there would be no harm, considering the magnitude of this event and its impact on this State, and the fact such an event only comes infrequently during a person’s lifetime and is an achievement of such a magnitude that all involved in this litigation should want everyone fully participate in this achievement.
8. It is also understood that many of the witnesses involved are trying to acquire tickets to the game and/or scheduled to be at the game in Pasadena on January 7th and certainly any juror selected to participate will likely be preoccupied and not be able to devote their full attention to the case before them during the week of January 4, 2010 and therefore, the parties would be prejudiced by the distraction caused by such a major event of such significant importance to so many people in this State.
9. ROLL TIDE!! (although my secretary is for the other great team of this State, she feels that I need to attend this championship game!); and may the Longhorns be defeated.
JON B. TERRY
BAINS & TERRY
Hey, it took the state of Alabama 40 years before Bobby Frank Cherry was put on trial for the 1963 Birmingham church bombing. This is obviously a state that has no problem putting justice on hold.