Deena Cortese: Pedestrian lesson for 'Jersey Shore' actress

Wednesday July 4, 2012

SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J. -- "Jersey Shore" cast member Deena Cortese got a costly reminder of a lesson parents tell their children: Make sure you stay on the sidewalk.

And just to underscore that point, she got a talking-to from her mother outside municipal court, where Cortese had just pleaded guilty to failing to use the sidewalk and paid a $106 fine.

"He doesn’t want to see you in that courtroom again," Deena’s mom, Joann Cortese, said, referring to the judge who had imposed the fine. Then they hugged and kissed goodbye -- on the sidewalk.

"Love you," her mom said.

"Love you, too," Deena replied.

The pint-sized reality star also had to pay $33 in court costs but avoided a criminal conviction by pleading guilty to a violation of the motor vehicle code.

Police arrested her on June 10, saying she was dancing in a roadway and interfering with the flow of traffic. But municipal prosecutor Kim Pascarella said the prosecution did not have enough evidence to prove that charge, agreeing instead to allow her to plead guilty to the lesser offense of not using a sidewalk when one was provided.

Cortese hugged her mother and wiped away a few tears as she waited in line with her lawyer, Michael Pappa, to pay the fine at the court clerk’s window.


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