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New York’s highest court allows Harvey Weinstein to appeal rape conviction

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New York’s highest court allows Harvey Weinstein to appeal rape conviction

FILE PHOTO: Harvey Weinstein arrives at New York Criminal Court for another day of jury deliberations in his sexual assault trial in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., February 24, 2020.

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The disgraced Hollywood producer, who was sentenced to 23 years in prison in March 2020, argues that a judge made several errors that tainted the trial

New York state’s highest court has agreed to allow former movie producer Harvey Weinstein to appeal his rape and sexual assault conviction.

Chief Judge Janet DiFiore “granted leave to appeal” on August 19, the court wrote in a letter dated Monday, August 22, that was sent to Weinstein’s lawyers, and reviewed by Reuters on Wednesday, August 24. It did not detail what grounds may have led to the decision.

Upon weighing arguments from Weinstein’s lawyers and prosecutors, the court can uphold the conviction or order a new trial.

In June, a lower appeals court had upheld the conviction, rejecting arguments that the Manhattan trial judge made several errors that tainted the trial.

A Manhattan jury found Weinstein guilty of rape and sexual assault in February 2020 and a judge later sentenced him to 23 years in prison. – Rappler.com 

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