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New York’s highest court overturns Havey Weinstein’s 2020 rape conviction

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New York’s highest court overturned Harvey Weinstein’s 2020 rape conviction on Thursday, citing “egregious” errors by the trial judge. The court’s 4-3 decision stated the trial court had wrongfully allowed testimony about uncharged sexual acts, which significantly impacted the trial’s fairness. This ruling mandates a new trial, reviving a significant chapter in America’s #MeToo movement, where Weinstein’s accusers might have to testify again.

Weinstein, 72, who remains imprisoned on separate charges in Los Angeles, had his New York conviction scrutinized after claims that the judge had allowed prejudicial testimonies unrelated to the charges. This included untested allegations that undermined his character without directly relating to the criminal charges.

The court’s majority criticized the trial’s handling, while a sharp dissent from Judge Madeline Singas accused the majority of diminishing the seriousness of sexual violence and undermining judicial accountability in such cases. This decision underscores ongoing debates about the judiciary’s handling of high-profile sexual assault allegations.



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