Eleven-year-old Daniel Taylor had never seen his dad, attorney John Taylor Jr., argue a case in court. And here he was in, of all places, the California Supreme Court with his father getting ready to take his place at the lectern.
The next thing Daniel knew, the argument was over and he had missed it. He had fallen asleep. At least he didn’t snore. But he was not a happy camper when he woke up.
Trials and tribulations of ‘take your son to trial day,’ after the jump.
“He was very apologetic to me,” John said. “He said sheepishly to me, ‘Dad, I fell asleep.’ But he was excited to see the way the whole thing works, to see the courtroom and to understand better what I do.”
Daniel had heard his father,a partner with Encino’s Horvitz & Levy, talk about the Nestle case for years: the right-of-publicity case of the guy who’s photo ended up on jars of instant coffee for years, so the whole family — mom, Daniel and his older sister — went to court.
Dad had to show up at 8:30 a.m., which meant the family had to leave their Westlake Village home at 6:30, and this after Daniel had spent three days sick with the flu.
Daniel made it through the hour-long argument in the case that preceded his dad’s and even heard the spiel of his father’s opponent. But just as John started to present his case, Daniel went to sleep and his mom couldn’t wake him.
Hey, Daniel, don’t feel bad about falling asleep. There are days when we have a hard time of it, and that’s without having a medical excuse.
— Mike McKee