Harvey Weinstein’s Request to Move Trial Out of NYC Is Denied (Again)

Variety | 1/21/2020 | Elizabeth Wagmeister
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An appeals court denied the second request from Harvey Weinstein’s legal team to move his trial out of New York City on Tuesday.

Weinstein’s attorneys asked the Appellate Division last week to move the trial to Albany or Suffolk County, arguing it is impossible for him to get a fair trial due to the “carnival-like atmosphere” at the Manhattan courthouse.

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The D.A.’s office argued that the request was a transparent effort to delay the trial. A 12-person jury, with three alternates, was chosen on Friday, and opening statements are set for Wednesday.

Prosecutors also argued that there is no escaping the media circus, as the outlets covering the trial will simply follow wherever it goes. The D.A.’s office also argued that New Yorkers are more habituated to chaotic environments than are the residents of Albany or Suffolk County.

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“The inhabitants of those jurisdictions have access to the same news sources and social media and, with a less diverse and populous source of jurors, are likely to be more impacted by protests or demonstrators than their counterparts in Manhattan,” the D.A’s office argued.

Weinstein attorney Arthur Aidala contended that the New York jury pool has already been hopelessly compromised. He noted that two jurors who were dismissed last week had subsequently posted disparaging things about Weinstein on social media.

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“Goodbye jury duty,” one wrote. “And goodbye Harvey Weinstein. I hope they convict you on all counts.”

The other suggested that Weinstein is exaggerating his back ailments in a bid for sympathy. “Harvey you can’t act for s— with that walker you made it look like a prize on the Price is Right,” the dismissed juror wrote. “Also they’re gonna crucify you.”

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The disturbing thing, from Aidala’s perspective, is that both jurors had said on their questionnaires that they could be fair to Weinstein. Aidala argued that other biased jurors...
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