Challenges, distractions stymie Weinstein jury selection


Harvey Weinstein leaves court after attending jury selection for his sexual assault trial, Friday, Jan. 10, 2020 in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

NEW YORK (AP) – Jury selection at the trial of Harvey Weinstein has been stymied by a host of challenges and distractions. The obstacles on Friday including repeatedly denied requests from the defense and a noisy protest.

Dozens of women danced in formation and chanted on the sidewalk outside the Manhattan courthouse where the disgraced movie mogul is on trial.

Judge James Burke denied a request to disqualify anyone who  may have heard the protest. He also denied a defense motion to disqualify 32 potential jurors who may have overheard a woman saying she couldn’t be impartial because her friend had had an encounter with Weinstein. 

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