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Weinstein Prosecution Had No Police Witnesses

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Harvey Weinstein (Dennis VanTine/AP)

Monday, 17 February 2020 10:13 PM

As a jury begins deliberations in movie mogul Harvey Weinstein's rape trial Tuesday, they will not be considering any testimony by police witnesses.

That is because, The Wall Street Journal notes, the New York Police investigation had issues that might damage how jurors viewed the case.

Typically, prosecutors want jurors to see officers and detectives add to the emotional testimony of victims.

"It's a visual to show them that this was a painstaking investigation, building blocks were put in place, there were reasons the detectives did what they did," former New York City prosecutor Roger Canaff told the Journal.

And if there are questions about a victim's credibility, a police officer could help provide trust, experts told the paper.

But prosecutors opted to skip police testimony in Weinstein's trial that ended Friday. Instead, they relied on the six women women who told about the alleged abuse they suffered from Weinstein who is charged with rape, criminal sexual act and two counts of predatory sexual assault.

Weinstein denies any nonconsensual acts.

One detective involved in the case had multiple issues, and defense attorneys tried unsuccessfully tried to have him called testify.

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