Best man acquitted in wedding melee

Most young marrieds reminisce about their wedding.

Few do it on the witness stand, testifying in the assault trial of their best man.

At least for Michael Sofka and Nicole Sannuti-Sofka, recounting those memories at best man Matthew Sofka’s trial Thursday ended better than the post-wedding party three years ago, when Matthew Sofka was arrested for assaulting a Philadelphia police sergeant during an alcohol-fueled melee at the Sheraton Society Hill.

After a three-hour nonjury trial, Common Pleas Court Judge Giovanni O. Campbell acquitted Sofka, 29.

“This was an unfortunate event for everyone, but there is also ample room for doubt,” Campbell said.

Defense attorney Fortunato N. Perri Jr. said Sofka – who has sued and is being sued as a result of the early morning brawl in October 2012 – declined to comment.

Sofka testified in his defense. He denied striking or kicking any officers, and said he believed the three who testified against him Thursday were lying.

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