...Ms. Rosenberg, who was presenting a case to a grand jury, did not get to Justice Cooperman’s courtroom until 11:59, one minute before the trial was to resume.
Samantha Rosenberg, Jonathan Darche
By the time Ms. Rosenberg arrived, the judge had company: a prosecutor, a defense lawyer, court officers, interns and a defendant. Mr. Darche was also there, wearing a suit and a nervous smile, holding a ring and a bouquet of flowers.
“What are you doing here?” Ms. Rosenberg asked Mr. Darche.
“I’m guilty of being madly in love with you,” he replied.
He bent down on one knee and blurted: “Sentence me to spend the rest of my life with you.”
“It felt like hours had gone by before I heard a response,” Mr. Darche said. Finally, she said yes, and the entire courtroom, defendant included, erupted in applause.