Weinstein judge won’t step aside as jury selection resumes

Harvey Weinstein

Harvey Weinstein arrives at a Manhattan courthouse for jury selection in his sexual assault trial, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

NEW YORK (AP) – The judge in Harvey Weinstein’s rape trial has declined a defense request that he step aside. Judge James Burke announced his decision Thursday, the third day of jury selection in the New York case.

Weinstein’s lawyers sent Burke a letter Wednesday asking him to remove himself from the case. They objected to comments the judge made when he  threatened to jail Weinstein for ignoring a court order barring texting in the courtroom. They questioned whether the judge could be impartial.

Judges seldom step aside from cases over such requests, which could be a play by Weinstein’s lawyers in setting up a future appeal. 

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