To the surprise of absolutely nobody (including the judge) Randy Quaid's wife Evi has missed yet another court date in Santa Barbara, California. The fugitive couple has missed numerous court appearances and are currently seeking refugee status in Canada.
In addition to a new $100,000 arrest warrant, the 47-year-old Evi Quaid will need to also find herself new legal counsel. At the hearing attended only by her attorney, he successfully withdrew from the case. Evi Quaid's failure to appear on defrauding an innkeeper charges. Evi Quaid noted that she did not want to leave her husband's side in Canada to come deal with the California case, according to the Associated Press.
The couple has been very vocal about their concern that they are next in line to be killed by the "Hollywood star wackers." Unfortunately, without further proof, this creative fear is not a viable excuse for not appearing on a mandatory court date.
In addition to issuing an arrest warrant, failing to appear for a court date is serious business. With judicial and court resources already scarce, failing to appear on a mandatory court day is a huge waste of time for all the parties involved. One thing that failing to appear at a mandatory court date will not do, is make the charge go away.