Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Harvey Weinstein Wins Right to Appeal His New York Convictions and 23 Year Sentence


This is stunning.

After losing his chance at an appeal with a lower court, Harvey Weinstein’s situation has suddenly improved.

The New York State Court of Appeals has overruled the original appeals panel. They’re allowing the former Miramax mogul to have his lawyers argue his case was tainted. Weinstein is currently serving a 23 year sentence after being found guilty on two of five felony counts in February 2020, including criminal sexual misconduct and rape.

This turn of events is amazing because on June 2nd, the First Judicial Department of the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division rejected Weinstein’s argument that the ruling should be reversed because of a biased judge and juror among other reasons.

“We reject [the] defendant’s arguments, and affirm the conviction in all respects,” Justice Angela Mazzarelli wrote in that decision.

In a statement, Weinstein says: “I am innocent of these charges, and I am so grateful to my attorneys for working hard and smart work on this. Their hard work will help me prove my innocence in the end. I look forward to this opportunity to be heard by the The New York Court of Appeals.”

Weinstein is currently in a Los Angeles jail waiting to go on trial in Los Angeles on a variety of sex-crime charges beginning Oct. 10th.


Roger Friedman
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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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