Weinstein lawyers: ‘Circus’ atmosphere, juror tweets unfair

Weinstein lawyers: ‘Circus’ atmosphere, juror tweets unfair
Harvey Weinstein arrives to court for the start of jury selection in his sexual assault trial Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, in New York. (Source: AP Photo/Seth Wenig/AP)

NEW YORK (AP) - As if picking a jury for Harvey Weinstein’s rape trial wasn’t complicated enough, some potential jurors have been posting on social media about their involvement in the case.

Meanwhile, Weinstein’s lawyers renewed their demand that the trial be moved out of New York City, saying the case has turned into a “media and entertainment circus.”

In all, more than 600 potential jurors have been summoned for the high-profile case since jury selection began Jan. 7.

Many were eliminated from contention early on after indicating they couldn’t be fair and impartial.

Fewer than 200 will be back for additional questioning beginning Thursday.

Judge James Burke said he expects a panel of 12 jurors and six alternates to be seated in time for opening statements and testimony on Jan. 22.

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