Beach beating arrest down the shore ends in a plea deal

David Madden
February 15, 2019 - 12:02 pm
Emily Weinman is shown with her defense lawyers Stephen Sheffler and Stephen Dicht.

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CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — The criminal case against a Philadelphia woman whose arrest on the Wildwood beach went viral last Memorial Day weekend has finally been settled in a Cape May County courtroom.

Emily Weinman, 21, admitted to a single disorderly persons charge and saw the rest of the case dropped by county prosecutors. Judge Bernard DeLury sentenced her to a year’s probation and ordered her to stay out of Wildwood during that time.

Weinman said she still likes the town but will comply with the condition.

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"Whatever happened that day on the beach, the video, that doesn’t define the kind of person I am," she said. "I’m a good person and I have good intentions and I want to make the best out of my life."

But we may not have heard the last from Weinman and her attorneys, as DeLury added what’s called a civil reservation to the sentence.

"If there’s ever a civil lawsuit, whatever happened in this court cannot be raised as a defense to that civil lawsuit," said defense attorney Stephen Sheffler.

Co-counsel Stephen Dicht added there’s been no decision on whether to sue the city of Wildwood or the police department.

"We really haven’t discussed it. We’ve been waiting to deal with this aspect first," he added. "We had a lot of confidence that we’d get a result like this and we’ll move on to the next step."

First Assistant Prosecutor Rob Johnson, who worked out the plea deal, declined to discuss it afterward.