Judge rules Harvey Weinstein be transferred to Los Angeles to face sex charges

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Tuesday, June 15, 2021
Judge rules Harvey Weinstein be transferred to LA to face sex charges
A judge has approved disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein's extradition to Los Angeles, where he faces additional sexual assault charges, ending a legal fight prolonged by the COVID-19 pandemic.

A New York judge on Tuesday ordered that Harvey Weinstein be transferred to Los Angeles, where he faces criminal sex charges.

"I will respectfully deny your petition," Erie County Court Judge Kenneth Case told Weinstein's defense attorney, Norman Effman, who had asked that Weinstein remain at Wende Correctional Facility near Buffalo, from which he appeared virtually in a maroon shirt with the sleeves pulled to his elbows.

"I can hear you, yes, your honor," Weinstein said at the outset of the extradition proceeding. He made no other statements.

Prosecutors said Los Angeles County indicated there would be likely be no movement until mid-July.

The defense challenged the transfer, citing health reasons.

"The reason he's at Wende is it's the regional medical center," Effman said. "He's in the middle of treatment right now."

Effman said Weinstein was not trying to avoid trial and suggested Los Angeles County could conduct a virtual arraignment.

"If LA wants jurisdiction to commence proceedings, fine," Effman said.

The Los Angeles District Attorney charged Weinstein with rape in January 2020, as his trial was beginning in Manhattan. More counts were added later.

He now stands charged with four counts of rape, four counts of forcible oral copulation, two counts of sexual battery by restraint and one count of sexual penetration by use of force. The counts involve five women and stem from events in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills from 2004 to 2013.

The defense also argued the Los Angeles district attorney improperly filled out the charging documents, which prosecutors disputed.

"Los Angeles County absolutely met the requirements on the interstate agreement on detainers," Erie County Assistant District Attorney Colleen Gable said.

Gable also challenged the assertion about Weinstein's medical requirements, adding: "It's Los Angeles -- it's not some remote outpost that doesn't have medical care."