Harvey Weinstein’s Request For An Appeal Has Been Approved

(PresidentialHill.com)- The New York State Court of Appeals approved Harvey Weinstein’s appeal Wednesday, meaning his 2020 rape conviction could be retried or dismissed.

Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in jail for a criminal sex act and rape in February 2020. Later, he was acquitted of first-degree rape and two counts of predatory sexual assault for instances in the mid-1990s.

His sentence was 23 years.

Chief Judge Janet DiFiore, who will stand down in August, granted Weinstein’s criminal leave application. Once Weinstein’s lawyers file documents, the top court will hear his arguments on whether he deserves a new trial, per NBC.

Arthur Aidala said he updated Weinstein, who maintains his innocence in the case.

Doug Wigdor, who represented some victims, termed Weinstein “desperate,” per NBC News. He said the court will “ultimately reject his appeal and affirm the appeal court’s well-reasoned ruling.”

Weinstein asserts his innocence. A Weinstein spokesman told ABC News that the court’s decision “demonstrates the appeal’s legitimacy.”

“There was plenty wrong with the trial and conviction, and Harvey’s attorneys will do what’s needed to prove his innocence,” stated a spokesman.

Weinstein’s lawyers appealed his verdict, citing several reasons why he was not given a fair trial and is entitled to a new one, including allowing too many unconnected witnesses to testify.

His lawyers said that Weinstein’s trial was “overwhelmed by excessive, random, and very dubious prior bad act evidence,”

Lawyers suggested one juror should have been disqualified for writing a book about older predators.

Juror No. 11 was unqualified despite her vow to be fair. In addition, the lawyers said that the upcoming release of her book gave her a financial interest in convicting the defendant.

At 166 pages, the legal document lays out the lawyers’ arguments that the trial court that jailed Weinstein was “cavalier.”

Weinstein awaits trial in a Los Angeles jail.