Zarwin Attorney Wins Verdict for Criminal Defendant Involved in Karaoke Incident
The client in the above mentioned case was charged with assault arising out an incident at McKenzie's Restaurant in Chadds Ford. On the evening of the incident, McKenzie's Restaurant was hosting a karaoke contest. The alleged victim was one of the judges. The alleged victim accused the client of heckling her throughout the evening. The person who was actually heckling the alleged victim was actually a friend of the client's, who looked very similar to the client.
The altercation that gave rise to the criminal charges occurred when the client put himself between two people who were arguing and was poked in the eye by the alleged victim, and then he accidentally headbutted the karaoke judge. After he left, the alleged victim called the police, claiming that her nose was bleeding, although there was no evidence at trial that anyone present saw her bleeding. The police then arrested the client without interviewing him, and he was charged with assault.
Joe Toddy tried the case before a jury in Delaware County with Judge Frank Hazel presiding. After a two-day trial, the jury deliberated for less than one hour and returned a verdict of not guilty.