Lawyers argue over last-minute motions


NEW YORK – Harvey Weinstein’s sex-crimes trial began its third week Tuesday with lawyers arguing over a key element of Weinstein’s defense: Email exchanges between the fallen movie mogul and his accusers.

Now that a jury of seven men and five women, with three alternates, has been selected, opening statements in the case are scheduled to begin Wednesday.  

Meanwhile, an appellate court panel on Tuesday denied the defense’s second attempt to get the trial moved out of Manhattan to another New York county. Weinstein had tried to get a change of venue last summer before the trial started, citing pretrial publicity; that motion was denied by an appellate panel of judges. 

Last week, during jury screening, Weinstein’s lawyers tried again, arguing that initial screening showed the jury pool was “tainted” by a “deluge” of prejudicial pretrial publicity further amplified by new charges filed in Los Angeles as the trial opened.   

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