Harvey Weinstein Convicted on 2 of 5 Counts

Headline Roundup February 24th, 2020

Disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein was convicted of third-degree rape and first-degree commission of a criminal sexual act by a Manhattan jury Monday. He was acquitted of two counts of predatory sexual assault and one count of first-degree rape. Many throughout the media spectrum framed the news as a win for the #MeToo movement, but some, especially on the right, framed the verdict as too lenient and said the acquittal on three counts was a loss for the government.

Harvey Weinstein Convicted on 2 of 5 Counts

From the Center
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A Manhattan jury has found Harvey Weinstein guilty of rape and sexual abuse but acquitted him of the most serious charges, capping one of the most closely watched trials of the #MeToo era. The mixed verdict means the former Hollywood producer will likely spend time in prison.

It also is some measure of vindication for the six women who testified that Weinstein attacked and sought to intimidate them. Although he was acquitted of the most serious charges — two counts of predatory sexual assault and one count of first-degree rape,...

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From the Right
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Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano reacted to the Harvey Weinstein verdict on “America’s Newsroom” Monday, calling it a "significant victory" for the disgraced movie producer and a "monumental setback" for prosecutors.

Weinstein, 67, was convicted of first-degree commission of a criminal sexual act and third-degree rape but was acquitted of two more serious charges of predatory sexual assault, as well as first-degree rape. The charges Weinstein was convicted of carry a total sentence of up to 29 years in prison.

“He’s still facing serious time," Napolitano said....

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From the Left
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When a New York jury Monday found Harvey Weinstein guilty of two out of five charges in his rape trial, his stunned accusers started sending rapid-fire group texts.

"Holy s---," one text read. "I'm shaking," read another, according to Louise Godbold, who used to work in commercial production and has alleged that Weinstein attacked her twice in 1991.

It was a day many of Weinstein's dozens of accusers never thought would come: "That this case got to trial at all, considering the massive clout that Harvey had and the years...

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