A Utah federal judge has given additional time to a Salt Lake City attorney to file a document that he submitted eighteen minutes late due to what he says was the “emotional impact” of the Utah Jazz losing an NBA playoff game. United States District Judge Bruce Jenkins granted the extension in an order that was signed on April 27.
Brian King, the attorney that missed the deadline is also the minority leader for the House of Representatives in the state of Utah. King explained in the motion he filed to receive the extension that he had paused his work on a legal memo to watch the game 5 National Basketball Association game that took place between the Utah Jazz and the Oklahoma City Thunder. The memo was due at 11:59 at the night of April 25.
In his extension request, King said that the Jazz was winning the game by 25 points in the third quarter but “disaster struck.” The play of the Jazz became sloppy and a series of turnovers resulted in the team losing the lead and the game. King also wrote that Oklahoma City Thunder star Russel Westbrook is a “good player” before saying that it was a “painful” fact to admit
King further explained that the game was over at 10:00 P.M. and that the emotional devastation that resulted from watching the Jazz meltdown was dispiriting to the point that it made the once excellent prospect of submitting the memo in question on time extremely difficult. The written product that King submitted was characterized by himself as being two times as long and one-half as solid as it would have been otherwise. Additionally, King explained that the brief was submitted 18 minutes after the designated deadline.
The opposing counsel in the case, who works for Dorsey & Whitney in Minneapolis, Minnesota had no objection to the motion for extension. King surmises that this was because the opposing counsel is also rooting for the Jazz in the playoff series.