Weinstein Conviction ‘Landmark Step’ for Sex-Crime Prosecutions
By Corinne Ramey and Deanna Paul
The Wall Street Journal
Feb. 24, 2020
In acquitting 67-year-old Mr. Weinstein of first-degree rape with Ms. Mann, but convicting of third-degree rape, the jury found that he had sex with her against her will but didn’t see enough proof that he used physical force or threats of harm.
“Her testimony is she had no way out, and the specter wasn’t out of physical fear,” said Barbara Barron, a professor at Hofstra University School of Law, of Ms. Mann. “With this conviction, it’s an illustration of how and why it could happen, and that’s a landmark step.”
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