Mon. Feb 17th, 2020

Harvey Weinstein Declines To Testify On His Behalf In NYC Rape Trial

After four days of witness testimony, Harvey Weinstein’s defense rested their case Tuesday morning, after calling a final witness and announcing that their client will not testify.

The prosecution rested their case last Thursday, after 12 days of witness testimony.

Donna Rotunno, Weinstein’s lead defense lawyer, will present her closing argument Thursday, followed by lead prosecutor Joan Illuzzi, most likely on Friday. The jury could begin deliberating on their decision, which must be unanimous, by Tuesday of next week.

“This concludes the evidence portion of the trial,” Judge James Burke told the jurors Tuesday afternoon. “When I see you on Thursday morning, you will hear the closing arguments. I believe there’s no time limit on that. Whenever [Rotunno] finishes, we’ll finish for the day, and Friday morning we’ll hear the closing arguments or summations from Ms. Illuzzi. When she finishes, we’ll finish for the day.”

On Tuesday, prior to the deliberation process, the judge will give the jurors instructions, which he said will take about an hour. “And then I will ask you to deliberate and reach a unanimous verdict on each count, then that will be that,” he said.

Earlier Tuesday, Weinstein’s lawyers announced that Weinstein would not be testifying in his New York County criminal trial.

The announcement was made after Weinstein’s lawyers consulted with their client during a lengthy recess in the day’s testimony.

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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett

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