Harvey Weinstein at his arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court on May 2018. (Jefferson Siegel/New York Daily News) Harvey Weinstean might as well be tried in the center of the U.S. media universe — because coverage of his alleged sexual predations is everywhere on the internet, Manhattan prosecutors argued Friday.
Weinstein’s bid to move his trial to Suffolk or Albany counties — where he thinks news coverage will be less intense — doesn’t cut it in the current media age, Manhattan Assistant D.A. Harriett Galvin argued in court papers.
Weinstein “cannot demonstrate that jurors in a smaller, more homogeneous county would not have been exposed to the same newspapers, internet articles, and news programs as their counterparts in New York County,” Galvin wrote.
She cited research by the Pew Research Center showing that “[s]ocial media sites have surpassed print newspapers as a news source for Americans.”
The DA’s office accused Weinstein’s side of using the long-shot change of venue motion as a trial delay tactic. Weinstein’s lawyer Arthur Aidala last week asked appeals court judges to put the trial on hold until there’s a ruling on the venue issue.
But the DA’s office may have forced a delay on its own by putting the case […]