ShareThis Page
Attorney: ‘Wife will kill me’ if I miss childbirth for court hearing |

Attorney: ‘Wife will kill me’ if I miss childbirth for court hearing

| Thursday, August 20, 2015 10:33 p.m
Adam Brandolph | Tribune-Review
Request for continuance submitted by Allegheny County attorney Marc Daffner Thursday morning.

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

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.