News Tech: Aug 24 (Reuters) – New York state’s highest court has agreed to allow former movie producer Harvey Weinstein to appeal his rape and sexual assault conviction, offering Weinstein a distant chance of being granted a new trial.
The letter did not detail what grounds may have led to the decision and it has no bearing on further rape charges against him in California.
Chief Judge Janet DiFiore “granted leave to appeal” on Aug. 19, the court wrote in a letter dated Monday that was sent to Weinstein’s lawyers, and reviewed by Reuters on Wednesday.
Upon weighing arguments from Weinstein’s lawyers and prosecutors, the court can uphold the conviction or order a new trial. Last June, a lower appeals court upheld the conviction, rejecting arguments that the Manhattan trial judge made several errors that tainted the trial.
In February 2020, a Manhattan jury found Weinstein guilty of raping a former aspiring actress and sexual assaulting a production assistant. A judge sentenced him to 23 years in prison.
Weinstein is jailed in California, where he was extradited last year and awaits trial on 11 charges of misconduct toward five women between 2004 and 2013. Weinstein has pleaded not guilty to rape and sexual assault charges in Los Angeles. RegisterReporting by Daniel Trotta; Editing by Leslie Adler and Richard Pullin
Source: Reuters Trust Principles.