Weinstein Jurors Split On Most Serious Charge After 4th Day Of Deliberations

WCBS 880 Newsroom
February 21, 2020 - 2:58 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — The jurors in Harvey Weinstein's rape trial will be back on Monday for day five of deliberations, but day four ended with some hints from the jury about which way it may be leaning.

Jurors on Friday reportedly told the judge they remain deadlocked on one of the most serious charges, but have made a unanimous decision on three counts.

As WCBS 880’s Steve Burns reports, jurors asked if it were permissible for them to be hung on two counts, adding that they were able to reach a unanimous verdict on three other charges.

According to WBCS 880’s Kevin Rincon, the jury of seven men and five women have made their decision on Weinstein’s alleged forced sexual act on Miriam Haley and his alleged rape of Jessica Mann. It was unclear which way they had decided.

They are still debating the charges of predatory sexual assault against Miriam Haley and Annabella Sciorra. Burns notes that those two charges are the most serious accusations.

After consulting with prosecutors and Weinstein's attorneys, Judge James Burke told the jurors to keep working toward a unanimous verdict on all charges.

Weinstein's lawyers said they would accept a partial verdict, but prosecutors said no and Burke refused to do so.

By nature of the charge structure, according to Burns, the jurors have likely found Weinstein guilty of the lesser charges of rape and criminal sexual act if they are still considering the higher charges.

The lesser charges carry a maximum sentence of 25 years each, while the higher charges could put the disgraced movie mogul in prison for the rest of his life.

Burns notes the jurors spent the morning hearing a read back of Sciorra’s testimony before sending another note in, asking if they could take a 10 minute break.

They will resume deliberations on Monday morning.

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