Harvey Weinstein Rape
Trial Judge Reject Efforts To Toss Him Off Case
January 10, 2020
State Supreme Court Judge James Burke said "I have in no way prejudged your client and gone to great lengths to ensure your client the fair trial he deserves.”
Thursday is Day 4 of the criminal trial that could see Weinstein behind bars for the rest of his life if found guilty of five felony counts. “
Weinstein, 67, is on trial for allegedly raping a woman in 2013 and sexually assaulting another woman in 2006. He has pleaded not guilty to two counts of predatory sexual assault, two counts of rape and one count of a criminal sexual act.
“Faced with extreme and unfairly prejudicial negative publicity both pre-trial and now during jury selection, this Court has refused the defendant’s requests for additional necessary procedural safeguards,” Aidala’s correspondence to Burke on Wednesday declared in language that has become almost commonplace from Weinstein’s various defense teams over the nearly two years since he was arrested in NYC on the sexual assault charges.
It is unclear how many of the people on the list will actually be called as witnesses at trial or will be referenced in testimony.
On Thursday, Burke rejected the defense's request that he recuse himself after threatening Weinstein with jail time for repeatedly using a cell phone in court.
According to media pool notes from Wednesday's jury selection, an additional 120 prospective jurors were pooled and approximately 47 were dismissed because they told the court they felt they could not be impartial.