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NRA ripped for ‘masterclass in bad faith and dishonest conduct’ by New York AG’s office

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<p>They argue that several women who had accused Weinstein of sexual assault, but whose allegations were not included in the charges, should not have been allowed to testify as so-called prior bad acts witnesses.</p><p>”The American criminal justice system was designed to convict defendants based on their conduct — not their general character,” the attorneys wrote.</p><p>Weinstein’s lawyers also argue that the impartiality of the jury was compromised by a juror who had written a book about older men preying on younger women.</p><p>The film producer’s defense team had tried unsuccessfully to have her dismissed ahead of the trial.</p><p>”Based on the imminent publication of her book, she had a pecuniary motive to convict the defendant,” the attorneys wrote.</p><p>Weinstein, 69, was found guilty of a criminal sexual act in the first degree and rape in the third degree in February 2020. He was cleared of predatory sexual assault charges.</p><p>Nearly 90 women, including Angelina Jolie and Salma Hayek, have leveled sexual misconduct allegations against Weinstein, the Oscar-winning producer of numerous hits including “Shakespeare in Love.”</p><p>But the trial focused on charges related to just two. Weinstein was convicted of raping ex-actress Jessica Mann in 2013 and of forcibly performing oral sex on former production assistant Mimi Haleyi in 2006.</p><p>In the appeal, Weinstein’s lawyers also accused Judge James Burke, who they repeatedly clashed with throughout the seven-week trial, of passing an “unduly harsh and excessive” sentence.</p><p>Weinstein is being held at a maximum security prison in upstate New York.</p><p>He is also awaiting trial in Los Angeles on rape and sexual assault charges involving five women.</p><p>© 2021 AFP</p>



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