LOS ANGELES –
A jury of 9 males and three women was seated (*9*) within the Los Angeles rape and sexual assault trial of Harvey Weinstein.
They had been chosen in a course of of about six days from a pool of 225 potential jurors who had been summoned final week.
The decide and attorneys nonetheless have to seat 10 alternate jurors, and the method will resume (*9*) afternoon. Opening statements within the case are anticipated to start Monday.
The 70-year-old former film mogul, who’s already serving a 23-year sentence after a 2020 conviction in New York, has pleaded not responsible in Los Angeles to 4 counts of rape and 7 different counts of sexual assault.
Because their private data was revealed largely in questionnaires that stay sealed, little is understood concerning the 12 jurors who will resolve on Weinstein’s guilt. Those who had been seated had been requested few questions in court docket.
Their ages appeared to vary largely between 40 and 70. A number of gave the impression to be older than that, and one man gave the impression to be in his early- to mid- 20s. Of the three women, two are older and one gave the impression to be about 30.
One of the women mentioned throughout the choice course of that she was “on the fence” concerning the #MeToo motion.
“I believe most women but not necessarily all,” she mentioned.
Another, an older man, has a daughter who’s an lawyer. “I have a great deal of respect for both sides of the table and our system of justice,” he advised one of Weinstein’s attorneys.
He expressed some doubt about whether or not he might discover a responsible verdict in a sexual assault case with no DNA proof, of which there’s none on this trial.
“It’s kind of an ambiguous question,” the juror mentioned. (*3*)
Another man mentioned he was not fearful about getting grief from household, mates or co-workers in the event that they discovered he returned a not responsible verdict towards Weinstein.