Philadelphia woman in viral video scuffle with Wildwood police goes to court

Emily Weinman rejected a plea deal, so the case proceeds.

David Madden
July 26, 2018 - 11:07 am
Defendant Emily Weinman and defense attorney Steve Scheffler

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CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — A Philadelphia woman at the center of a violent, videotaped arrest over Memorial Day weekend on the beach in Wildwood appeared briefly in a Cape May County courtroom.

It was the first step in a process to address charges that she assaulted a police officer.

Prosecutors offered Emily Weinman a deal in front of Superior Court Judge Sarah Beth Johnson: Plead guilty to fourth-degree aggravated assault and get probation concurrent with an unrelated Philadelphia case.

Her lawyers rejected the offer so the case proceeds to a grand jury for possible indictment. Defense attorney Steve Scheffler asked to enter his client into a pre-trial intervention program, or PTI.

"We believe that this whole situation could have been handled much better, on both sides quite frankly," Scheffler said, "and we're hoping that the prosecutor at some point in time understands that and shows some leniency."

For now, prosecutors oppose PTI, but Weinman is expected to apply, assuming an indictment is handed down. When that might happen is anyone's guess.

"What normally happens in those kind of cases is that the prosecutor would object," Scheffler added. "We will appeal that objection and at some point Judge Johnson will make a decision on whether or not to overturn their objection."

Weinman answered a couple procedural questions from the judge, then left the three minute hearing without comment. Prosecutors also declined to discuss the case in public.​