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« Reply #45 on: March 11, 2020, 10:47:51 am »
Wednesday, 11th March 2o2o
Harvey Weinstein Sentenced to 23 Years in Prison
by Jeremy Barr

The sentence was handed down by Judge James Burke on Wednesday morning, after emotional testimony by the two primary victims in the conviction.

Harvey Weinstein will spend 23 years in a New York State prison after being sentenced by Supreme Court Judge James Burke on Wednesday morning.

Weinstein was convicted February 24th of committing a Criminal Sexual Act in the first degree and third-degree rape.

The sentencing ends Weinstein's New York trial, which began January 6th.

His team has said they will appeal the jury's decision to convict him on two of the five charges he faced.

Judge Burke, before issuing his sentence, told Weinstein that he will be formally registered as a sex offender.

For his conviction on the first-degree count of criminal sexual act, Weinstein was given 20 years in prison plus five years of supervised release.

On the other convicted charge, third-degree rape, he was given three years in prison.

The judge decided to make the sentences consecutive, rather than concurrent.

Weinstein's attorney Donna Rotunno called the sentencing "obscene" in a press conference outside the court house.

Adding, "Of course it's too harsh. It's ridiculous." "No, it's not."

Prior to his sentencing, Rotunno had told the judge that Weinstein should get a shorter sentence because he has a "long list of illnesses."

"Mr. Weinstein has a multitude of medical issues, there are lists of things that are physically wrong with him and are serious," said Rotunno, reading a letter highlighting his medical issues.

"Mr. Weinstein has a history of heart disease in his family. This is a situation that the loss of freedom...will affect his ability to get the type of medical care he will need for the list of issues he is dealing with."

Weinstein had spent 10 days in the hospital, where he underwent a heart procedure, after experiencing high blood pressure and heart palpitations following his February 24th conviction.

Before his sentencing, Weinstein — who opted not to testify during his New York sexual assault trial — addressed the judge.

Speaking, in a low voice, of the women who have accused him of misconduct, he said,

"I have great remorse for all of you. I have great remorse for all women."

He added,

"I really feel remorse for this situation. I feel it deeply in my heart."

Lead prosecutor Joan Illuzzi had asked Judge Burke to sentence Weinstein to "the maximum or near the maximum" years in prison, which could have been up to 29 years.

In response to the sentencing, Tina Tchen, president and CEO of the Time's Up Foundation, issued the following statement:

"First and foremost, we are grateful for the courage and strength of Mimi Haleyi, Jessica Mann, Annabella Sciorra, Dawn Dunning, Tarale Wulff, and Lauren Young, who bravely testified in court, and we remain in solidarity with the more than 100 survivors who suffered abuse, harassment, and rape at the hands of Harvey Weinstein. The trauma of sexual assault and harassment is lifelong — we can only hope that today’s sentence brings all of the survivors of Harvey Weinstein some measure of peace."

The statement continued:

"We also hope that these women take pride in knowing the impact they have had on our culture at large. Whether by inspiring more survivors to come forward and seek help, changing how the justice system responds to sexual violence, or leading corporate boards to hold more CEOs accountable for toxic workplace culture, the social change catalyzed by these survivors has been nothing short of transformational."

The Silence Breakers — a group of 24 Weinstein accusers that includes Ashley Judd, Lauren Sivan, Rosanna Arquette and Rose McGowan — said in their statement:

"Harvey Weinstein's legacy will always be that he's a convicted rapist. He is going to jail — but no amount of jail time will repair the lives he ruined, the careers he destroyed, or the damage he has caused."

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« Reply #46 on: March 23, 2020, 12:07:40 am »
Monday, 23rd March 2o2o
Harvey Weinstein tests positive for Covid-19
by eNCA

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein has tested positive for Covid-19, US media reported Sunday.

Weinstein, 68, is in prison in northern New York state after being sentenced to 23 years in jail for rape and sexual assault.

The fallen film producer's diagnosis was first reported Sunday evening by local paper the Niagara Gazette.

Weinstein's spokespeople have declined to comment to US media on the subject.

The New York state Department of Corrections did not respond when contacted by AFP for confirmation of the reports.

Weinstein was transferred Wednesday to a prison near Buffalo, 350 miles (560 kilometers) northwest of New York City.

Prior to his transfer, he stayed at Rikers Island prison and a Manhattan hospital, where he was treated for chest pains.

Crowded US prisons have the potential to become hotbeds for Covid-19 infections.

Last week, guards at Rikers and New York's Sing Sing prison tested positive for the virus, local media reported.

As of Sunday, the virus has killed 417 people in the US out of more than 33,000 cases, according to a tracker managed by Johns Hopkins University.

Weinstein was convicted in February of a criminal sexual act in the first degree and rape in the third degree, while being cleared of predatory sexual assault charges.

He was convicted of raping ex-actress Jessica Mann in 2013 and of forcibly performing oral sex on former production assistant Mimi Haleyi in 2006.

Nearly 90 women, including Angelina Jolie and Salma Hayek, have leveled sexual misconduct allegations against Weinstein.

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« Reply #47 on: May 22, 2020, 05:30:30 am »
Friday, 22nd May 2o2o
South Carolina becomes 43rd state to outlaw shackling of pregnant inmates

by Adam Benson

(COLUMBIA, S.C.) — In a show of solidarity that cut across political lines, South Carolina on Thursday removed its name from the handful of states without a law prohibiting the shackling of pregnant inmates.

“This legislation is excellent, it’s the result of a lot of work and what is reflected in this document has been policy, but there are instances where it has not been practiced,” Governor of South Carolina said during a ceremonial signing of H. 3967, a measure that bars the use of leg, waist and ankle restraints on pregnant inmates.

South Carolina becomes the 43rd state with an anti-shackling law for pregnant inmates.

The rule pertains to detention facilities run by state, county or local governments.

Federal prisons are already banned from restraining female inmates as the result of a criminal justice reform package since 2018.

Under language in the state bill, wrists also can’t be bound in a way that would prevent a woman from protecting herself in case of a fall.

The legislation goes beyond what its lead sponsor state Representative Nancy Mace, D-Daniel Island, asked for, with amendments included that require access to adequate nutrition, availability of menstrual hygiene products, an end to solitary confinement of pregnant prisoners and weekly contact visits between jailed people with low or minimum-security classifications and their children.

“People go to prison as punishment, not for punishment. We in South Carolina stand tall for the respect that we have for all people,” said the governor of South Carolina

Shortly before Thursday’s bill signing, the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office on Twitter explained its policy regarding the shackling of pregnant inmates.

There is currently one pregnant inmate in its custody, officials said.

Leg irons aren’t used for women being transported for neonatal-related medical appointments, the office said.

Federal prisons are barred from restraining pregnant inmates as the result of a criminal justice reform package since 2018 — unless the women pose a safety risk to themselves or others.

Mace said Thursday’s signing was an historic moment for the state.

“It took a lot of people coming together on both sides of the aisle, even during the COVID-19 crisis to make this bill happen,” she said.

“We’ve done an amazing thing for women who are in our correctional facilities. Life is a series of second chances, and every person should receive redemption.”

Last week, the state House voted 117-0 in favor of Mace’s proposal, the second time in a year it won broad floor support, with lawmakers in April 2019 backing it 104-3.

But the provision didn’t make it through the Senate before last year’s cross-over deadline.

The Senate in March voted 42-0 to prohibit restraining pregnant inmates.

State-run prisons ended the practice of shackling pregnant inmates in early 2019.

The state prison system has 1,163 female inmates; four are pregnant, according to state Department of Corrections data.

Civil rights and criminal justice reform groups across the state identified the adoption of an anti-shackling law as a top priority.

“This was an inhumane practice that many people realize needed to be stopped,” said Ann Warner, CEO of the Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network.

“We had a bipartisan, committed group of people that realized this was a barbaric practice.”

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