Weinstein’s Lawyer Wrote an Article Addressing Jurors; The Judge is Unhappy

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Sarah Blesener for The New York Times

Reprinted from The New York Times by on February 18, 2020.

Over the weekend, just days before jurors in the Harvey Weinstein case were set to begin deliberations, his lead defense lawyer, Donna Rotunno, wrote an opinion piece imploring them “to do what they know is right.”

The article in Newsweek magazine infuriated the Manhattan district attorney’s office, and on Tuesday the lead prosecutor, Joan Illuzzi, called Rotunno’s behavior “inappropriate,” and tantamount to jury tampering.

The judge ordered the defense team not to speak to the news media until after a verdict is reached. …

NY Times 2/18

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