“Less than an hour after jurors in Harvey Weinstein’s New York trial began deliberating, they returned with a long note for the court with a clear message: Can you please explain these charges more?
“It was an understandable question for the jury. The verdict form in Weinstein’s trial included a complex mix of either/or charges, witnesses who are not directly part of charges and legal terms with specific definitions.
“We’ll work to explain them here. The essence is that Weinstein is primarily charged with alleged sexual attacks against Miriam Haley and Jessica Mann.
“If the jury finds him guilty on either or both of the first-degree felony counts — criminal sexual act and/or rape — then Annabella Sciorra’s rape allegation can escalate the charges to a more serious felony — predatory sexual assault, punishable by up to life in prison.”
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