Sunday, May 26, 2024

Could Bill Cosby Decision Help Harvey Weinstein? Possibly: Lawyer Says “Vague evidence about uncharged conduct has no place in a courtroom”


Could the shocking decision in the Bill Cosby case help Harvey Weinstein?

Possibly. An attorney named Duncan Levin who worked on the Weinstein case says:

“There is nothing more important to our system of justice than the presumption of innocence. The rules of evidence exist so that testimony never turns into unfounded attacks on a defendants’s character, and that appears to be exactly what happened here. Vague evidence about uncharged conduct has no place in a courtroom.”

One of the reasons the Pennsylvania Supreme Court is freeing Cosby is because past allegations were let into court. It’s only part of the decision, but it likely gives Weinstein hope as his trial was augmented by testimony from women who alleged past sexual misdeeds but never went to the police or to court.

The accusers in the Cosby case are no doubt livid. The Weinstein accusers will certainly be triggered by this news.

Stay tuned…

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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