Weinstein’s lawyers sent a letter to Judge James Burke saying his comments Tuesday raised questions about his impartiality. Burke has not ruled on the request.
Burke admonished Weinstein as jury selection was getting underway, asking: “Is this really the way you want to end up in jail for the rest of your life , by texting in violation of an order? Is it? ”
Burke cut off Weinstein before he could answer. Weinstein’s lawyers said in their letter Wednesday that the film producer, who’s been seen clutching an iPhone, was using it before court was in session.
The defense further argued that Burke has failed to adequately safeguard Weinstein’s right to a fair and impartial jury, in part by rejecting a request to halt jury selection for a “cooling off” period afterprosecutors in Los Angeles filed new sex crimes chargesagainst him on Monday.
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