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The latest from the Weinstein jury suggests we’re in for a surprise

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22.02.2020

On Friday, 21 February, after four days of deliberation, the jury in Harvey Weinstein’s criminal trial made an announcement of sort. It wasn’t a verdict – not quite. It was more complex – and almost more captivating – than that.

The jurors had a question.

They wanted to know whether they could end up deadlocked on some of the key charges faced by the former Hollywood mogul. And by “could”, I mean that the jurors – seven men and five women – were seeking permission from the judge not to rule on those counts. The judge had none of it and urged them to keep deliberating. It’s not uncommon for a jury to struggle when it comes to reach a unanimous decision, Justice James Burke explained, adding: “Please resume your deliberations.”

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The predatory sexual assault charges are the heaviest counts faced by Weinstein in the New York case. If convicted on those charges, the 67-year-old Weinstein could spend the rest of his life behind bars (each count carries a minimum of 25 years in prison). Those charges also carry the heaviest burden of proof: by........

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