Dershowitz in for TWC & Weinstein

18 February, 2019

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Harvard Law School Professor Emeritus Alan M. Dershowitz has joined Harvey Weinstein’s legal defense team to consult on constitutional issues, according to a Feb. 15 court filing. The suit Dershowitz is involved in is a class action lawsuit against Weinstein’s former production companies the Weinstein Company and Miramax; the Walt Disney Company; and Weinstein himself, among others. The lawsuit alleges that Weinstein violated federal sex trafficking laws.
Justice James Burke and prosecutors agreed to the new Manhattan Supreme Court trial date of June 3. Baez and Sullivan are slated to start a 10-week trial Feb. 19 in Brooklyn federal court.

[February 15 2019   Weinstein NYC: Ronald Sullivan Out?   ]

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Judge approved his request for a new defense team: Jose Baez (center) and Ronald Sullivan (left) with Weinstein, 66, [and retiring Ben Brafman] during the hearing January 25 2019

https://twitter.com/thecrimson/status/1095759731426295808

A growing chorus of Harvard students are demanding that Ronald Sullivan, Jr.,  — the university’s criminal justice institute director and faculty dean at Harvard’s Winthrop House residence — resign from Harvey Weinstein’s New York defense team ASAP. Protests and petitions have started popping up questioning his association with Weinstein. The office of Cyrus Vance, jr., Manhattan D.A., declined comment on anything to do with a possible delay in the Weinstein case.

[January 26 2019   why was the switch made?   ]

Weinstein has tapped Jose Baez and Ronald Sullivan Jr. of the Orlando, Florida-based Baez Law Firm and Pamela Mackey of Denver-based Haddon, Morgan and Foreman for his new defense team. “I think it’s bizarre given who he is replacing and given how well the defense appeared to be doing,” Mark A. Bederow said. “But ultimately it’s his choice to proceed how he wants and none of us know the reason why the switch was made.” https://www.law.com/newyorklawjournal/2019/01/23/harvey-weinstein-assembles-high-profile-non-ny-lawyers-for-new-defense-team/

[January 22 2019   New York Weinstein pretrial conference March 7   ]

Benjamin Brafman “withdrawing” from the Harvey Weinstein case.
Sources close to Weinstein said he wants an “older woman” on his defense team and has made overtures to lawyers Susan Necheles and Isabelle Kirshner.

He also wants to hire former Manhattan sex-crimes prosecutor Linda Fairstein as a trial consultant,

[January 14 2019]
A pretrial conference has been scheduled for March 7, Weinstein stands accused of two counts of predatory sexual assault, which carries a maximum penalty of life in prison, as well as counts of first-degree criminal sexual act, first-degree rape and third-degree rape.

[January 12 2019   trial on May 6   ]

Spokesman Juda Engelmayer did not flat out deny that Harvey Weinstein was looking to hire new lawyers, but disputed that Ben Brafman was being replaced as the lead attorney. Brafman’s bid to dismiss the other five criminal charges was denied in December, and Weinstein is set to go on trial on May 6 in New York State Court, where he’ll be accused of sexually assaulting one woman and raping another. “There is nothing rock solid about that. If Harvey’s going to do anything, he’d augment it not reduce it,as it currently stands that’s not the case.”

[December 20 2018 Weinstein’s motion to dismiss Manhattan DA case denied ]
After a brief discussion with the lawyers, the judge denied a motion to dismiss the case.

https://pmcdeadline2.files.wordpress.com/2018/12/12-12-18-letter-to-judge-burke-wm.pdf

[November 30 2018  Weinstein moves to dismiss remaining 5 counts   ]

Harvey Weinstein by his attorney Benjamin Brafman has moved a Manhattan judge to dismiss the five remaining criminal charges against him, providing additional details to support his claim that police misconduct tainted grand jury proceedings and that prosecutors failed to turn over evidence that he had a consensual relationship with one of his alleged victims. “Simply put, because of the unprecedented and outrageous misconduct already documented in this case, this court should properly give serious consideration to dismissal of this deeply flawed indictment, either for the legal reasons we have provided or so that the integrity of the criminal justice system can be restored,” Brafman wrote in the 51-page document.
The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office dropped one of six charges in the case earlier, amid revelations that New York City Police Detective Nicholas DiGaudio, who led the investigation against Weinstein, did not tell prosecutors that a witness had provided him with an account that contradicted that of Lucia Evans, who claimed that Weinstein forced her to give him oral sex in 2004.

https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/20/entertainment/weinstein-case-unraveling-questions/index.html

[October 23 2018   Harvey Weinstein to make “important, brilliant films”   ]

Benjamin Brafman, the lawyer representing Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, claims the 66-year-old could return to the entertainment industry and make “important, brilliant films”.

[ September 3  Weinstein removed condom and continued to rape – LA complaint   ]

Luciano Silighini Garagnani, a Conservative D-list Italian casting director turned filmmaker, proudly paraded a t-shirt which read “Weinstein is Innocent”

The 42-year-old’s latest film, which was released in Italy earlier this year, provided a positive angle on Mr Berlusconi’s notorious “bunga-bunga” sex parties.

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Emma Loman is suing for violation of human trafficking laws, assault, battery and false imprisonment and seeking compensatory damages of no less than $75,000 as well as punitive damages.During the alleged rape, the suit claims Weinstein “bragged that he had recently received a negative result from an HIV test. Then, over Loman’s continued protests, he removed the condom he had been wearing and continued to rape Loman.”

[August 2 Harvey Weinstein’s indictment, Brady rule, naughty emails ]
Harvey Weinstein's defense says emails with rape accuser clear him, will ask for charges to be dismissed based on grand jury error

“They are endearing, intimate, present, friendly, flattering, emails between her and Mr. Weinstein,” the lawyer said to U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Mary Walrath. The defendant must prove that there is a “reasonable probability” that the outcome of the trial would have been different, had the evidence been disclosed by the prosecutor. See Kyles, 514 U.S. at 433 (1955).

[   Harvey Weinstein NOT under house arrest in light of new charges   ]

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Harvey Weinstein living in his oceanfront estate

A judge denied a request from prosecutors July 9 to place Harvey Weinstein under house arrest in light of new charges against the movie producer that carry a penalty of life in prison if he is convicted.

Brought into the courtroom in handcuffs, Weinstein, 66, was released on bail after pleading not guilty in state Supreme Court in Manhattan on charges that he sexually assaulted a woman in 2006.

Three women have now accused him of forcing them to have sex against their will over the last 14 years, and the new indictment includes two counts of predatory sexual assault, opening him up to a life sentence.

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