Judge Denies Witness Chance To View Eclipse

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – A federal judge in Florida ruled a trial couldn’t be postponed just because one of the key witnesses – a federal agent – had travel plans to see the solar eclipse.

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Aubrey Gemignani, a photographer with NASA, tests her camera equipment at the Lowell Observatory Solar Eclipse Experience August 20, 2017 in Madras, Oregon. (STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

In a three-page ruling issued Friday, Judge Steven Merryday denied the motion filed by an assistant U.S. attorney.

Prosecutors wanted Monday’s trial postponed because an Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agent had booked a trip to see the eclipse on a day when defendant Joseph Bishop was to stand trial for unlawfully transporting firearms.

Merryday called it a “cruel fate” that allowed the trial and the eclipse to happen on the same day.

He quoted from singer Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain,” which contains a line about flying to witness an eclipse.

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