Two defendants in wedding brawl heading to trial
Legal panel weighs in on case
- Duration 6:05
- Date Dec 20, 2012
Legal panel weighs in on case
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You probably remember this story and -- we have some new fallout from that violent.
Wedding fight caught on camera last October.
Two men are now facing trial for attacking police officers who were responding to this fight.
One wedding guests during all of this had a heart attack and die.
Be it defendants' lawyers that claim police testimony is really inconsistent and that is the case of mistaken identity is there -- enough evidence to get a conviction here let's bring in.
Our guest today former federal prosecutor Fred TC out of Philadelphia appropriately so Brad thank you anchor of the pits attorney as to the next.
As well so Fred -- it's not the fight not the actual fight is the behavior with the cops correct how -- this case.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- That the law does not protect the stupid secondly ignorance of the law is never defense and here -- -- affecting -- -- to punch a police officer.
And then not really not supposed to do when it's caught on -- videotapes of the defense lawyers last week earlier this week were saying that this top story.
Was inconsistent but that's -- defense lawyers do.
If the story was really consistent data coming in saying all -- stories too consistent -- got together and cook that up it's on tape was applied to witnesses there's more than ample evidence.
So answer the charges were though dropped to a lesser offense from aggravated assault charges to reckless endangerment and simple assault are these guys on -- prison.
It doesn't seem likely if -- if the charges were dropped.
And he's ready initial officers and actually press these charges well then there is an inconsistency between what they believe happened at -- time.
And later upon reflection.
With the district attorney's office what really made it happen.
Said there is some inconsistency.
Additionally any time you have a police officer.
That is -- and -- party between two sides but is actually -- alleged victim.
You have to look at their motivations and their ability to observe just like any other witness they don't.
Get that if they don't get the benefit of being neutral and trying to decide 182 different story.
They are actually the alleged victims in this case and -- there had no means he wrote just like anybody else's test.
Go ahead Fred.
But it it but you know like -- what you're seeing is why after such a great defense lawyer OK with defense lawyers when it goes look at like everything except for the evidence I mean you can hear him tell the jury -- -- the jury even though these guys are on videotape.
It even -- we have eyewitness accounts -- these people were beat up.
Do you need to look at a bunch of stuff you can't convict as the moon within the 7000 Jupiter's aligned with margin juries looking up to -- If it's really age of aquarius which is about as relevant as what everybody else is talking about.
It's real simple they got to fight they punched a police officer whether -- assault simple assault.
Ultimately they're gonna be found guilty and they're -- -- expand.
Ninety days and felt that you know the in the local correctional institute the private birthday album.
Don't sign up -- -- term honeymoon so they're going to -- There's a lot gas arriving at the end music lyrics we -- the honeymoon in the catering to get through.
I'm -- is therefore -- part of part of the story it's not specifically related to this case is that someone did die.
In the chaos of all that yes they those that are that are charged with these assault charges that as you mentioned have been downgraded a little bit.
And they're not they're not on trial for that they did that change the case in any -- just knowing.
What level of chaos it reached.
It makes it that much more horrible and much more of a tragedy for everybody involved.
These people are not being charged with his -- because I don't think there's any nexus between his -- and what they allegedly did some police officers.
So I believe that that's why they're not being charged it it's just a horrible event and really people should be happy to winning not punching each other out.
I'm backing said just because there is his -- does not mean there should be collective punishment against the individuals were not responsible.
My understanding -- officers couldn't necessarily place.
And at ads and positively identify -- if that's thinking is it -- just.
I mean you look I hit it it.
Frank -- in blaming everybody else.
Fred go ahead -- -- begin with a video like this a shot by the way by young man who happened to come down from is in his hotel room when he heard all of that.
-- is difficult to completely make out so even though there is video is there enough evidence here.
It well well that and that's -- -- there was enough evidence all the case over for trial that'll be for the jury decide if you don't forget we do -- the testimony often can understand took place about three blocks from where I'm sitting Jenin and it really kind of an upscale.
Hotel and went to kind of the incident happens fairly big news down here it because this one the uncle of the bride who's 57 years old and actually walked outside.
From where this took place about -- -- are truly seen the video.
And he died of a heart attack in a lot of people look and see to see whether or not ultimately someone could be charged with being responsible for the -- in the end after it's actually right.
You can't blame these two guys who basically were in an old fashioned brawl with the death of this guy which was tragic.
But the -- and arguably foreseeable as a result of a -- but nobody who's.
I'm anxious and gestured just as a side note we really don't know what started the whole thing to begin with that goes to your point act and act you know -- aren't maybe now -- actually actually Jenna what happened was that there were two Brothers and one wedding party who actually got in north.
Fist fight something flew there -- -- wedding parties and obviously our -- is involved.
I gathered at the bar and then this thing just breaks up into a melee.
I have a house so it's a western just a quick -- thought you mention I mean really are set it well and -- -- tragedy no matter what this is as we have today right in didn't turn out to be that night.
Very sick and I think next time I'm in Philadelphia I'm just gonna hang out right -- yeah thank you copies -- He's a candidate Fred he's got the fast talking he's near the different events that are have that adrenaline Rocky Balboa did and you know what what and -- -- -- -- -- -- his ground zero well.
Unfortunately as you mentioned -- that attack case is high it is tough because it was happening at such a special day the two families.
-- sir and frank nice to have you thank you so again and Merry Christmas daddy hey thank you.