Even being absent was not a fort for Memphis City Councilwoman Janice Fullilove, whose professional outbursts and personal knock down drag outs seem to make headlines regularly on the evening news.
But on this day neither Councilwoman Fullilove nor her husband Vernon Chalmers were among the throngs of people waiting in the basement of 201 Poplar to see a judge.
The two were expected back in court to determine if they can resolve their domestic assault case.
"My client is gone, she's left," said Fullilove's attorney Arthur Horne. "The thing is she's in finals, so I had to get her in and out."
In September both were arrested after police were called to their home. According to the police report, Fullilove's husband claimed his wife accused him of cheating and started throwing dishes at him. He pushed her to the floor to stop her after he was cut on his arm by a flying dish. Both were charged with a misdemeanor.
Horne was hoping the case would be dismissed.
"We continue our negotiations," he said. "Ms. Fullilove will go to anger management classes and hopefully at the end of that we'll get the case dismissed."
It means as a condition of bond since they've been ordered to stay away from each other. It will be the new year before the two can make up again to possibly break up again because it seems that's all that they do.
"As far as I know, I don't know if they're together or not so I don't know the answer to that question," Horne said.
With this couple the odd's of staying out of the spotlight may be slim to none but at this point we won't know of a resolution until the new year.