Lawyer tries to postpone murder trial to attend look-alike contest
It can be hard to get time off work, especially if you’re a lawyer in the middle of a murder trial. Only the most grave of extenuating circumstances can suspend a case of such a serious nature. However, a Florida attorney had a slightly more frivolous reason.
Frank Louderback was representing a client involved in a murder-for-hire plot, but needed a day off to attend the annual Key West Ernest Hemingway look-alike contest.
The lawyer cited non-refundable hotel reservations as reason for wanting to suspend the trial.
Showing remarkable restraint, the judge refused Louderback’s request, stating that Hemingway himself would have chosen to stay.
Judge Merryday refused the holiday (see what we did?) by quoting Hemingway and saying, “Between a murder-for-hire trial and an annual look-alike contest, surely Hemingway, a perfervid admirer of ‘grace under pressure,’ would choose the trial.”
Thankfully, Louderback was philosophical about the decision, telling the Tampa Bay Times that it gave him ‘another year to get older, fatter and greyer.’
The word ‘perfervid’ means ‘intense and impassioned.’ TS