“Don’t You Know You Have Health Challenges Before being a Pervert” Weinstein Begs For Miminum Sentence.
Harvey Weinstein’s defense team is seeking a 5-year term, which is the minimum sentence for his sexual harassment count.
As a reason for a more merciful penalty, Weinstein’s attorneys invoke his age, “traumatic fall from grace” and health problems.
According to Hollywood correspondent with prosecutors seeking severe punishment for the disgraced producer following prosecution in his landmark rape and sexual assault trial, Weinstein’s lawyers argued on Monday that he deserved forgiveness for his now “historic fall from grace” and serious health issues.
With prosecutors seeking a severe punishment for Harvey Weinstein in his landmark #MeToo case, his lawyers argued on Monday that he deserves mercy for his already “historic fall from grace” and serious health issues.
Weinstein defenceman team Begs For Miminum Sentence.
In a letter filed ahead of Weinstein’s sentencing on Wednesday for his conviction of rape in New York City, his defense team begged Judge James Burke to give him just five years behind bars — a appeal far from the law-entitled statutory 29-year maximum term.
Following his rise to one of Hollywood’s most influential producers, a man who was once praised for putting part of his wealth into charitable causes now “can not walk outside without being heckled,” the papers say. “He lost his means of earning a living. As put it simply, his fall from grace was unprecedented, perhaps unmatched in the social media age.
Even if a shorter term is granted to the ailing 67-year-old defendant, “the grim reality is that Mr. Weinstein may not even outlive that term,” making it “a life sentence de facto,” the papers say.
From the beginning, Weinstein’s use of a walker each day at his trial to get in and out of court raised questions about his health. He was sent to Bellevue Hospital for more than a week after his arrest on Feb. 24 in the wake of complaints about elevated blood pressure and heart palpitations, before being moved to an infirmary at the infamous Riker Island prison complex late last week.
In addition to the heart issues, Weinstein’s attorneys said he was also struggling with the effects of failed back surgery resulting from last summer’s car crash and a condition requiring shots in his eyes so he doesn’t go blind.
In their own filing last week, prosecutors detailed a litany of allegations starting with a claim by a woman that she woke up in the middle of the night in a Buffalo, New York, hotel room in 1978 to find Weinstein on top of her and “forcing himself sexually on her.”
They said it fit a pattern that continued for decades: Weinstein getting young women alone in hotel rooms and other settings before sexually attacking them, often while trying to trick them into thinking it was a path to stardom.
During jury selection, the judge had told potential jurors that the trial “was not a # MeToo campaign vote,” and that only the specific allegations found in the charges were considered.But prosecutors said that by law, Burke is allowed “to consider all aspects of a defendant’s life and characteristics” and a “broad spectrum of information” in considering a proper sentence.
Based on “a history of sexual and other harassment of others,” the judge will impose a punishment that “reflects the severity of the crimes of the defendant” and punishes him for “his utter lack of remorse for the damage he has done,” the prosecutors said.
“Don’t You Know You Have Health Challenges Before being a Pervert” Weinstein Begs For Miminum Sentence
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