NY Court of Appeals Overturns Harvey Weinstein Conviction

April 26, 2024

It is an abuse of judicial discretion to permit untested allegations of nothing more than bad behavior that destroys a defendant’s character but sheds no light on their credibility as related to the criminal charges lodged against them.

The New York appeals court majority opinion overturning the sex crimes conviction against Harvey Weinstein, the Hollywood producer whose case was a symbol accelerating the #MeToo movement.

Why It Matters: The court decided Weinstein (72) did not have a fair trial in 2020, citing how the judge allowed testimony from women that were not part of the case. The court ordered a new trial. In the meantime, Weinstein will remain in prison related to a separate Los Angeles conviction.

The court’s dissenting opinion stated: “… By ignoring evidence of defendant’s manipulation and premeditation, which clouded issues of intent, and by failing to recognize that the jury was entitled to consider (Weinstein’s) previous assaults, this Court has continued a disturbing trend of overturning juries’ guilty verdicts in cases involving sexual violence.”

Read More: Harvey Weinstein’s rape conviction overturned by New York appeals court (USA Today)

by Emily Hooker, based in Texas