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LSU-area judge agrees to delay trial set for BCS game day

NEW ORLEANS -- Justice can wait until after the LSU game.

A state judge near the home of the Tigers has agreed to postpone
a trial scheduled to start on the same day LSU plays Ohio State in
the BCS national championship game.

Stephen Babcock, an attorney defending Imperial Casualty
Insurance Co. in a lawsuit over a car crash, requested the delay
because he has tickets to the Jan. 7 game at the Superdome in New
Orleans. He and other LSU fans have rented out the second floor of
a Bourbon Street bar for a pre-game tailgate party.

In his written request for a new trial date, Babcock refers to
Ohio State as "Slowhio" ("due to their perceived lack of speed
on both sides of the ball") and notes that Allstate, sponsors of
the Sugar Bowl, are not a party in the insurance case.

"All counsel to this matter unequivocally agree that the
presence of LSU in the aforementioned contest of pigskin skill
unquestionably constitutes good grounds therefor," Babcock wrote.
"In fact we have been unable through much imagination and
hypothetical scenarios to think of a better reason."

Babcock, whose law office is in Baton Rouge, said lawyers for
the plaintiff in the case also have tickets to the game.

"We might disagree on the merits of the case, but everyone was
in agreement on this, for sure," he said during an interview
Friday.

That includes West Baton Rouge Parish District Judge Alvin
Batiste, who agreed Thursday to postpone the trial but didn't
immediately set a new date. Babcock said he doesn't know if Batiste
is an LSU fan, "but most people around here are."

Louisiana already has a legal precedent for football trumping a
trial date. In January, a judge agreed to postpone a trial due to a
conflict with last season's NFC championship game between the New
Orleans Saints and Chicago Bears.