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Hero Dad Got Ticket While His Wife Gave Birth, Took Cops to Court, Won

Not all heroes wear capes. Sometimes the just play a long game with their local court system.


One New York City dad was understandably confused when he couldn’t get off the hook for a parking ticket that was given to him after he had rushed with his wife to the hospital in the wee hours of the morning to deliver their first child. Fortunately, the story had a happy ending, as new dad Brian Leo managed to successfully appeal the citation with a doctor’s note last week and square away an extra $65 for baby formula.

Leo wasn’t being negligent when he forgot to move his car to the other side of the busy road in the middle of the night; he was being a good husband and dad. After staying by his wife’s side throughout the delivery, Leo was simply preoccupied with his new baby as any new parent would be. It didn’t help that his wife passed out from sheer exhaustion just two hours later. But, his first non-guilty plea regarding the ticket was a no-go.

“The summons was issued at 11:15 a.m., approximately two hours after the baby was born,” Judge Geary, the person handling Leo’s case, wrote in his verdict. “This is not a persuasive medical emergency defense, as there is no persuasive testimony or evidence of a sudden, unexpected medical emergency at the time the summons was issued.”

Despite the setback, this new dad refused to back down and continued to fight to not have to pay the ticket for “the principle of it.” The new dad told the New York Post that judge Geary “should know if the kid is lucky enough to have a father there, the dad being present is just as important as the mother.”

It took three whole months, but Leo finally managed to get a hearing and win his $65 back, with a judge finally sympathizing with Leo’s plight. On his way out of the courtroom, the local judge laughed at the whole ordeal and even gave Leo his congratulations for the new baby.