MARK A. BERMAN WINS JUDGMENT OF ACQUITTAL IN TETERBORO PLANE CRASH PROSECUTION

On November 5, 2010, at the close of evidence in a four-week federal criminal prosecution in U.S. District Court in Newark, U.S. District Court Judge Dennis M. Cavanaugh granted HDRB&B partner Mark A. Berman’s motion for entry a judgment of acquittal and threw out all charges (one conspiracy count and eight false statement counts) against former Platinum Jet Director of Maintenance Brian McKenzie, ruling that no rationale jury could find him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. The government’s charges arose from the crash of a charter Jet at Teterboro Airport on February 2, 2005. “This case never should have been brought by the government against Brian McKenzie,” Berman said outside court. “The government didn’t want to listen, but we’re thankful the judge did, and we’re confident the jury would have reached the same conclusion.” The Court permitted the government’s case against the President and Vice-President of Platinum Jet to go to the jury.