Aidala said Weinstein wasn’t handcuffed when they reacted each other Tuesday in a large hospital room as jail policemen stood patrol outside. He said that Weinstein was looking forward to visitors, and it wasn’t clear how long he would be there.
If Weinstein gets discharged from Bellevue, it’s likely he’ll end up at a protective gang at the city’s Rikers Island jail facility. It’ll be a short stay because he’ll be moved to state prison after sentencing.
While it’s up to the city’s adjustments department to decide where inmates are housed, Judge James Burke said he’d ask that Weinstein be placed in the jail’s North Infirmary Command, where he’d have “something tantamount to protective custody.”
Martin Horn, a former metropolitan chastenings commissioner, said that despite its identify, the infirmary is more like a regular incarcerate than a hospital unit.
Built in 1932 as the original Rikers Island Hospital, the infirmary now has smaller, 10 -cell blocks that are used for protective divisions for prisoners who might be targets in the population at large, such as sex offenders and former law enforcement officers.
Horn said the city’s jails have specialized groups for the incapacitated. Nonetheless, inmates with serious medical needs are often sent to the hospital ward at Bellevue.
In lobbying to keep Weinstein out of jail following the verdict, his lawyer, Donna Rotunno, told Burke that he has back injuries stemming from a vehicle crash last summer and a condition that requires films in his eyes, so he does not go blind.
After visiting with Weinstein Tuesday, Aidala told reporters: “He’s not the picture of health by any stretch of the imagination.”
WHEN WILL WEINSTEIN BE SENTENCED AND WHERE WILL HE BE IMPRISONED ?
Harvey Weinstein will be sentenced in New York City after a jury found guilty of assault indictments. ( AP Photo/ Seth Wenig, File)
Weinstein is due to be sentenced on March 11. He was convicted on two countings: criminal sex act for forcefully play-act oral sex on a woman in 2006 and third-degree rape for a 2013 attack on another woman. Together, the charges carry a maximum penalty of 29 years in prison.
On the criminal sex act count, he faces a minimum of five years in prison and a maximum of 25 years in jail, while the third-degree rape weigh carries a maximum penalty of four years in prison. The judge could have the sentences guide concurrently.
At Weinstein’s sentencing hearing, his accusers will again get a chance to confront him in court and the former producer will be afforded an opportunity to speak after diminishing to testify at trial.
Once Weinstein is sentenced, he’ll be transposed from the city’s jail system to the state prison system. There, he will undergo a thorough assessment, including a comprehensive medical revaluation, to determine which facility is best to imprison him.
“They’re going to make sure that nothing happens to him while he’s in their custody. Not because he’s important, but merely from a public relations point of view it would be awfully flustering, ” said Horn, who are currently learns at John Jay College of Criminal Justice.
WHAT ISSUES COULD WEINSTEIN’S LAWYERS RAISE ON APPEAL ?
Harvey Weinstein and his attorney Donna Rotunno plan to appeal the New York jury’s decision. ( AP Photo/ Mark Lennihan)
Weinstein’s advocates were upset with the judge’s handling of the case, from his inclusion of a juror who’d written a novel involving predatory older people to his verdicts on evidence, watches and objections.
They could challenge Burke’s decision not to delay the test when powers in Los Angeles announced brand-new charges against Weinstein just as jury selection was about to get underway.
The defense team was also upset that some indication was turned over to them at the last minute or after witnesses had already witnessed. In one speciman, an accuser said she found the dress she was wearing the night of an alleged encounter with Weinstein just days before she was to take the witness stand — too late, the defense said, for it to be tested for DNA.
Aidala said Tuesday that Weinstein was “somewhat flabbergasted by the verdict” but remained “cautiously optimistic” he could prevail on appeal.
WHAT ARE THE ALLEGATIONS IN THE CALIFORNIA CASE ?
Harvey Weinstein still faces fees in Los Angeles. ( AP Photo/ Seth Wenig, File)
Weinstein faces bills that he raped the status of women at a Los Angeles inn in 2013, then sexually assaulted a different maiden in a Beverly Hills hotel the next night.
Eleven other women alleging sex impropriety by Weinstein told reporters Thursday that they hope to testify against him at that trial.
“We will get you in LA, ” said Louisette Geiss, a former actress and screenwriter who said Weinstein asked her to watch him masturbate during the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.
Weinstein could get up to 28 years in prison on service charges in the California case.
Additional sexual assault events are under investigation by police in the Los Angeles area.
“This is only the beginning. We will continue to fight, ” said Sarah Ann Masse, another of the women who spoke Tuesday as fraction a group calling itself the “Silence Breakers.” She says Weinstein once sexually bothered her in his underwear during a job interview.
HOW ARE PEOPLE REACTING ?
President Donald Trump spoke about the Harvey Weinstein verdict shortly after it came down. ( AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
Asked about Weinstein Tuesday, President Donald Trump called Weinstein’s conviction a “great victory” for women that “sends a very strong message.”
“He was a person I didn’t like, ” Trump told reporters.
Trump himself stands are suspected of sex mismanagement, including a abuse allegation, by more than a dozen females when he was a private citizen. He has repudiated all the allegations.
Mimi Haleyi, the former creation deputy who alleged Weinstein of forcing oral sex on her in 2006, called the verdict “a huge relief.”
“I just think that we’re being educated about the reality of sex crime and carnal abuse victims, ” Haleyi said on “CBS This Morning.” “It’s not always only a stranger. It’s very often somebody that the person or persons knows, and with that comes an entire other bed of processing.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report .