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One of the final witnesses in the lawsuit challenging Zephyr Rain Teachout’s bid for a spot on the Democratic primary ballot for governor was the 42-year-old Fordham law professor’s mother.
For Mary Miles Teachout, a judge in Vermont, Zephyr is the second of five adult children.
Once called into the courtroom, Mary Teachout dropped her purse on the front row of spectator benches and strode past a short swinging door en route to the witness box.
Zephyr Teachout’s lawyer Lawrence Mandelker quickly moved to retrieve the bag.
“No, no no.... You’re in New York now,” he said, prompting laughs.
Under questioning from Mandelker, the elder Teachout said her daughter “hasn’t lived in our home since she went to college.”
A court officer handed her purse back when she stepped down from the stand.
Justice Edgar Walker is due to issue a decision by 2 p.m. Monday.