Baby in the Court; Mom Wins Case

     DALLAS (CN) – An Austin attorney, unhappy that a judge denied her request for a continuance due to maternity leave, brought her baby to a jury trial this week.
     Amber Vazquez Bode told the Austin American-Statesman her assistant faxed a request to Travis County Justice of the Peace Glenn Bass last week, before the deadline for such a request for a jury trial.
     Bass denied the request last Friday and told Bode to appear in court at 9 a.m. Monday.
     Bass told the Statesman that Bode already had sought and received four delays in the 6-year-old case, and that the schedule had been set 25 days earlier. He said prosecutors objected to the latest request for continuance because witnesses were coordinated to appear in court.
     “Ms. Bode was confrontational when addressing the court,” Bass’s office told the Statesman. “Judge Bass cautioned her about the possibility of contempt if she continued addressing the court in this manner.”
     As it turned out, Bass dismissed the case against Bode’s client, a grease recycler, for failure of witnesses to appear. Her client was accused of stealing grease from a restaurant. Charges had been reduced from a Class B misdemeanor to Class C, which would have been punishable by up to a $500 fine.
     “My baby was completely freaking out,” Bode wrote on her Facebook profile after the dismissal. “The whole thing was out of hand!”

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