Attorneys for Harvey Weinstein argued that he should not stand trial in New York City owing to intense media scrutiny and potential juror bias, according to a document filed in appellate court on Friday. Weinstein is set to stand trial on September 9 in Manhattan Supreme Court before Justice James Burke. Defense lawyer Arthur Aidala wrote in the filing that New York City is “the least likely place on Earth where Mr. Weinstein could receive a fair trial,” citing a “circus-like atmosphere” in lower Manhattan. Aidala suggested the trial take place in Albany County or Suffolk County in Long Island instead to ensure an environment “free from intimidation” for jurors to render a verdict. A response to the request is expected by a scheduled hearing on August 26. Weinstein is charged with two counts of predatory sexual assault, one count of criminal sexual act in the first degree, one count of rape in the first degree, and one count of rape in the third degree. He has pleaded not guilty.
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