Weinstein judge won't step aside as jury selection continues

Weinstein judge won't step aside as jury selection continues

Weinstein judge won't step aside as jury selection continues

Judge James Burke, sitting in NY, denied a request for the delay after Weinstein's lawyers questioned the timing of the new charges, which were filed on Monday.

"These comments reflect the court's animus towards the defendant", Weinstein's legal team argued in a letter calling for Burke's removal from the case. Burke has not ruled on the motion. They objected to comments Burke made when he asked Weinstein if he was willing to got to jail "for life" if he kept ignoring a court order that bars texting in the courtroom.

The judge also denied a request from prosecutors to revoke Weinstein's bail and jail him until the trial is over, saying the new case against him in Los Angeles increased his incentive to flee.

This unprecedented press conference was no coincidence and was orchestrated to inflict maximum damage to Mr Weinstein by unleashing a storm of extremely negative publicity, just as his jury was about to be selected in this case. Almost 100 potential jurors have already been dismissed with many claiming they had already decided that Weinstein was guilty.

Harvey Weinstein leaves the courthouse at New York City criminal court during his sex crimes trial. In all, 66 prospective jurors have advanced to the next stage in what is expected to be a lengthy selection process.

In the NY case, Weinstein, 67, has pleaded not guilty to charges of assaulting two women, and faces life in prison if convicted on the most serious charge, predatory sexual assault.

If convicted, Weinstein will end up spending the rest of his life in prison. The 67-year-old ex-studio boss has pleaded not guilty and maintains that any sexual activity was consensual.

"Ironically, I was concerned that there might be a perception that Mr. Weinstein was getting better treatment and more chances than other defendants, but I didn't worry about that too much, because the reality is - judges seems to always give at least three strikes, and then one final transgression". Weinstein has denied the charges.

On Monday, Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey announced charges against Weinstein of sexual assault of two unidentified women in 2013.

Burke also praised the media and suggested they haven't appeared biased against Weinstein.

Among Allred's clients is former production assistant Mimi Haleyi, one of the women Weinstein was charged with assaulting.

The motion came after another complaint lodged by Weinstein's legal team Wednesday, which unsuccessfully tried to bar attorney Gloria Allred from the courtroom because she may be called as a witness.

"In a case where multiple women will be taking the stand to testify, it's a different dynamic when you have a female involved in the defense", Rotunno told Reuters.

So far, 93 of 240 potential jurors have been dismissed by the judge, most of whom said they could not be fair and impartial jurors in the Weinstein trial.

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