Attorney: ‘Wife will kill me’ if I miss childbirth for court hearing
The reasons given for court continuances run the gamut, but Pittsburgh lawyer Marc Daffner’s request Thursday stood out — even by Allegheny County standards.
Daffner, 46, requested a postponement of a client’s preliminary hearing Thursday morning at Pittsburgh City Court. He wrote: “Defense counsel’s wife went into labor at approximately 11:15 a.m. today, and defense counsel will be killed by his wife if he does not get to the hospital immediately.”
Daffner’s wife, Randi, was at a doctor’s appointment Thursday morning when her doctor told her she was ready. She was immediately taken to Magee-Womens Hospital, Daffner told the Tribune-Review.
“They say you need to be truthful to the court. I didn’t have a legal reason for the continuance, but that was the truth,” Daffner said as he drove from the hospital in Oakland to his Green Tree home to pick up clothing for his wife. “I got a new date, and the DA signed off on it.”
Common Pleas President Judge Jeffrey A. Manning said he “could not imagine” a judge not granting a continuance in such a case.
“It’s a significant emergency,” he said.
The emergency took precedence over the preliminary hearing of Loti Mbewe, 19, of Mt. Oliver, who is charged with one felony count of receiving stolen property. Unable to post $5,000 bail, Mbewe will remain in Allegheny County Jail at least until his preliminary hearing on Sept. 2.
The Daffners could not be reached Thursday evening to determine whether their third daughter had arrived.
UPDATE: The Daffners welcomed 7-pound 9-ounce Brynn Daffner at 12:57 a.m. Friday. The couple has not yet decided on her middle name.
Adam Brandolph is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-391-0927 or firstname.lastname@example.org.