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Federal judge grants lawyer's deadline extension so he can 'stay up late watching baseball' with his son

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A federal judge in Washington, D.C., has granted a lawyer’s request to push back a briefing deadline for two days, so he and his son could watch the Washington Nationals in the playoffs.

U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer granted the request of lawyer Jay Friedman in Alexandria, Virginia, after his opposing counsel in the U.S. Department of Justice did not oppose it, report the Washington Post, Above the Law, and a tweet by a BuzzFeed News reporter.

“Washington D.C.’s professional baseball team, the Nationals (‘Nats’), began this baseball season by losing 31 of its first 50 games,” Friedman wrote in his motion to reset deadlines. “Since that time, due in part to the unflagging support of a certain nine-year old boy closely associated with undersigned counsel, the wheels of justice have turned and the team has rightfully advanced deep in the baseball playoffs.

“The nine-year old and counsel wish to continue to stay up late watching baseball and to attend tomorrow’s game, if it is necessary.”

Friedman was referring to Game 5, which wasn’t played after the Nationals swept the St. Louis Cardinals in four games.

Friedman is representing organic food producers in a battle over a regulatory rollback, according to the Washington Post coverage.

“Lawyers on TV fight over everything and act like it’s World War III, but my counterpart at the Department of Justice is a perfectly nice and respectful person,” Friedman told the Washington Post. “She sent me a note yesterday afternoon and she said, ‘Everybody here loves [the motion]. We’re showing it around the office.’ ”

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