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Harvey Weinstein Appeals for Rape, Attorneys Raise Jury Questions – ABC News

Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison.

April 5, 2021, 4:43 p.m.

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Once a powerful figure in Hollywood, Weinstein was convicted of rape and sexual assault last year and sentenced to 23 years in prison.

On the appeal, defense attorneys said Weinstein’s trial was attacked by a juror who published a book about the predators of older men against younger women.

“While the defense raises legitimate questions about whether Juror # 11 is fit to serve, the court has failed to meet its constitutional obligation to conduct a full investigation to ensure that the juror is able to deliver a fair and impartial judgment.” so the defense wrote.

The defense also argued that it was inappropriate for women other than the main suspects to testify and that the judge excluded a defense expert who had challenged the victims’ accounts.

“Your explanations as to why they surrendered, continued to see him, had sex with him, emailed him, introduced him to their parents and friends, and asked favors from him are implausible, but the court gave them a place of credibility, by allowing vociferous objection, expert testimony from a psychiatrist that such behavior was commonplace for victims of sexual assault and that such victims do not lie and never forget, while preventing the defense from admitting expert testimony to refute their claims, “said the defence.

Weinstein’s lawyers said the sentence was inappropriately harsh because he was judged not by who he is but by how he was cast in the press.

“Unfortunately for Mr Weinstein, the court’s verdict does not reflect Mr Weinstein, the man, and the behavior for which he was convicted, but Mr Weinstein, the media villain,” the defense said.

Weinstein’s lawyers said the sentence was inappropriately harsh because he was judged not by who he was but by how he was cast in the press.

The Manhattan District Attorney’s office decided to save his response for the first division of the Appeals Department.

“We will respond in our letter to the court,” said Danny Frost, a spokesman for Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance.

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