What does the reversal of his sentence in New York mean for Harvey Weinstein?

What does the reversal of his sentence in New York mean for Harvey Weinstein?

New York’s highest court on Thursday overturned the 2020 rape conviction against Harvey Weinstein for considering that the judge in the historic #MeToo trial harmed the former movie mogul with “scandalously” improper decisions, such as allowing witnesses to testify about accusations that were not part of the case.

“We conclude that the court wrongly allowed statements about alleged prior sexual acts against persons who were not the plaintiffs in the underlying crimes.”, said the court in a ruling approved by four votes to three. “The remedy for these scandalous errors is a new trial.”

The State Court of Appeals ruling reopens a painful chapter in the United States’ recognition of alleged sexual crimes committed by powerful figures, an era that began in 2017 with a torrent of allegations against Weinstein. His accusers could be forced to relive his trauma again on the witness stand.

The majority of the court said that “It is an abuse of judicial discretion to allow unproven accusations of nothing more than bad behavior that destroys the character of a defendant, but does not shed light on his credibility in relation to the criminal charges brought against him.”

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