A judge in the Sunshine State won’t let a defence lawyer enter the semi-finals of an annual Ernest Hemingway look-alike contest, and he has a very good reason.
Hemingway doppelganger Frank Louderback had asked a federal judge to delay his client’s murder-for-hire trial just so he could attend the contest, Above the Law reported.
But the judge invoked Hemingway himself when rejecting Louderback’s request.
“Between a murder-for-hire trial and an annual look-alike contest, surely Hemingway, a perfervid admirer of ‘grace under pressure,’ would choose the trial,” Judge Steven Merryday wrote.
The judge even went to the trouble of citing a Dorothy Parker piece about Hemingway in a 1929 issue of the New Yorker, which noted that Hemingway “works like Hell.”
See the following footage from the look-alike contest, courtesy of the South Florida Lawyers’ Blog. It’s unclear whether Louderback can be seen in the footage.
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