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March 30, 2001 Not Guilty of “Air Rage”

Dad Cleared of Assaulting Ticket Agent

John Davis was found not guilty yesterday of charges he assaulted a Continental Airlines ticket agent at Newark International Airport nearly two years ago in a case that became a national symbol of “air rage”.

According to three jurors interviewed after last Tuesday’s verdict, what sealed the acquittal in their minds was defense attorney Anthony Pope’s references during closing arguments.

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Friday, June 24,2004 (Newark Star-Ledger)

Newark: A jury acquitted a Livingston man Tuesday of vehicular homicide and assault charges in connection with the death of an Irvington woman in 2000.

Jurors took about an hour to decide that Edward Rimelis was not guilty of vehicular homicide in the death of Demeria Britt.

His attorney, Anthony Pope, said his client was being tailgated by an aggressive driver and he collided with Britt’s car after switching lanes to lose the tailgater.

May 18, 1995 (Newark Star-Ledger)

A Newark Police Lieutenant who headed the Department’s elite special projects unity has been cleared of charges that he sexually assaulted a 28-year-old woman during Labor Day weekend last year, his attorney, Anthony Pope said yesterday.

Pope said the grand jury’s action showed that the accusation was groundless.

December 1, 1990 Jury Spares Hernandez from Death

Paul D. Hernandez of Fanwood was convicted yesterday of felony murder in connection with the fatal shooting of a New York cab driver, a verdict that spares him from facing the death penalty.

The 21-year-old Navy veteran was acquitted of first-degree murder which would have required the jury to find that he acted purposefully and knowingly in the death of Harish Kakar on May 11,1989.

Defense attorney Anthony J. Pope of Newark said the verdict indicated the jury believed his argument that the shooting was an accident.

“It’s clear the jury believed there was reasonable doubt as to whether he intended to kill,” said Pope.

Judge Clears Cops of Moonlighting on Duty

Saying the investigation was bungled, a Superior Court judge acquitted four East Orange police officers yesterday of a charge they were being paid for private security work while on the clock with the police department.

Defense attorney, Anthony Pope said during the construction shifts, other officers often filled in for the defendants.

Newark Police Department Deputy Chief

Charles Cefalu was found innocent of brutality charges in a municipal court yesterday stemming from an incident in 1988 when, as a Captain, he headed a special narcotics task force, said Anthony J. Pope, Cefalu’s attorney.

Man Acquitted of Murder in Self-Defense Shooting

An Essex County jury found yesterday that Dwayne Martin shot and killed an Irvington man in self-defense three years ago.

In returning not guilty verdicts, the jury sided with the claims of Newark defense attorney Anthony Pope. “I was ecstatic and I applaud the jury’s courage in finding there was self-defense in this case,” Pope said afterward.

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Step-Dad Acquired in Coerced Sex Case

An Essex jury yesterday acquitted a supervisor for Public Service Electric and Gas Company of charges he coerced his 13-year-old stepdaughter into having sex with him over four months in 2003.

The man’s attorney, Anthony Pope, said the prosecutor’s theory of the case was that the defendant secretly allowed the teenager to date a 15-year-old boy against the mother’s wishes. Pope said he sincerely believed in the man’s innocence.

Two Newark Officers Acquitted in Sex Case

Two Newark police officers were acquitted yesterday of charges they strip searched and fondled a 17-year-old girl in the back seat of the patrol car three years ago.

The jury in State Superior Court in Newark took less than a day to find the officers not guilty of aggravated sexual assault, kidnapping, and misconduct in the June 1992 incident.

The verdict came after a brief but highly emotional trial in which defense attorney Anthony Pope sharply criticized the Newark Police Department’s internal affairs bureau for its handling of the case. “We felt we were really done a disservice by the investigating agencies,” Pope said. “I just don’t like the way anything was done.”

The victim’s testimony often disagreed with statements she had made to the grand jury and police investigators and Pope used the inconsistencies to trip her up on cross-examination.

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