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Benchslap of the Day: A Mensch with Some Chutzpah

Happy New Year!

Tonight at sundown, the members of the tribe are going to party like it’s 5772 because it’s Rosh Hashanah. For the rest of you, that means that we’ll be celebrating the Jewish New Year. If you’re still confused, you can check out this handy-dandy Jew FAQ.

Anyway, tomorrow Jews around the world will be celebrating the holiday with apples in dipped in honey, cheeks squeezed by bubbies, kugel and challah being eaten, and more motherly nagging than can possibly be described in words. Most of us won’t be at work, if only because in some states the courts will be closed in observance of the holiday.

That’s why we found it strange that one law firm in Florida was pretty much demanding that a deposition take place tomorrow. This is one of the handful of holidays that most Jews celebrate, and here comes this law firm trying to ruin it like we’re actually going observe one of the 500 other holidays we have.

It’s a good thing we have judges to tell these goyim to stick it in their shofar and blow it….

The good people at South Florida Lawyers gave us a heads up on this benchslap, wondering, “What kind of lawyer insists on a deposition going forward on Rosh Hashanah?” That’s so not kosher.

Lawyers from Coffey Burlington were forced to file a Motion for Protective Order after opposing counsel from Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson insisted on going forward with a deposition scheduled to take place during the holiday. Kind of self-loathing strange for a firm with so many Jewish names on the letterhead to get into it about this sort of a thing.

Here’s the opener from Coffey Burlington’s motion:

All Coffey Burlington wanted was for the deposition to be rescheduled, but what they got was a load of mishegas from the meshuganas on the other side.

But in the end, Judge Gill Freeman of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida put an end to the drama so that the lawyers at Coffey Burlington could sip their Manischewitz tomorrow in peace. Not one for being a yenta, Freeman kept it short and sweet:

Oy vey! And payment won’t be accepted in Hanukkah gelt, either. L’shana tova, bitches.

L’Shana Tova, Plebes! [South Florida Lawyers]

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