Harvey Weinstein Lawyers File Appeal For New York Sex Crime Convictions


for Harvey Weinstein have filed an on Monday, April 5, to ask for a new trial and to reverse his crimes conviction.

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A motion was filed at the New Supreme Court Appellate Division arguing that his 23-year conviction should be reversed because the trial was tainted by a biased juror and biased judge, among other points addressed in the documents seen by OK!

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harvey weinstein lawyers appeal sex crime charges

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A verdict of guilt was inevitable. A reviewing court now has the opportunity to correct this miscarriage of justice,” a press release announcing the appeal claimed. is being held in a maximum-security prison outside of Buffalo for first-degree criminal sexual act and third-degree rape, according to state records. 

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The new 166-page brief argued that Juror No. 11 violated Weinstein’s right to a fair and impartial jury after she was allegedly not transparent during jury selection about the fact that she was writing a novel about “predatory” older men with relationships with younger women, but lead prosecutor Joan Illuzzi argued that Juror No. 11 disclosed that she enjoyed “novel writing” on her questionnaire at the time. 

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“Because the evidence on the charged offenses was weak, the prosecution inundated the jury with copious tales of alleged misconduct (much of which was not criminal in nature) that served no legitimate evidentiary purpose but merely depicted Weinstein as loathsome,” the document claimed. 

Additionally, the appeal noted that the judge threatened Weinstein with jail time for life for use of his phone before the judge entered the courtroom. “All I meant to do was scare him enough for him to discontinue use of his phones,” Judge James Burke explained at the time of the incident, denying the defense’s motion for relief and recusal. “I never actually meant that I was going to put your client in jail for life,” he clarified at the time.

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Weinstein’s conviction was largely based on testimony from former assistant Miriam Haley, who claimed that Weinstein forcibly performed oral sex on her in 2006, and aspiring actress Jessica Mann, who testified that he raped her in 2013 during a relationship she described as abusive.

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