Saturday, 16 December, 2017

Women's group plans rally against Cy Vance over Weinstein case

Melinda Barton | 13 October, 2017, 16:01

Theo Chino, an activist and member of the New York State Democratic Committee, said that he has been pushing for Vance to resign for the past two years. "We take on many, many, many hard sex crime prosecutions with individuals irrespective of their background or their money so that's not an issue for us".

Weinstein was sacked from his namesake production company, the Weinstein Company, on Sunday after an investigation by the New York Times found that a series of women had accused him of sexual harassment over three decades.

Italian model Ambra Battilana Gutierrez accused Weinstein of fondling her breast in his office during a meeting.

Cy Vance is the same DA who called off the case against Trump Jr & Ivanka after Trump's lawyer donated to his campaign.

"We have probably the best sex crime prosecutor's office in the country".

"I, like they, were very disturbed by the contents of the tape". That contribution from attorney David Boies - who previously headlined a fundraiser for Vance - was a fraction of the more than $182,000 that Boies, his son and his law partners have delivered to the Democrat during his political career.

"No contribution ever, in my seven years of being district attorney, has ever had any impact on my decision making in a case", said Vance. While the recording is horrifying to listen to, what emerged from the audio was insufficient to prove a crime under NY law, which requires prosecutors to establish criminal intent.

Vance returned $32,000 to Kasowitz last week. Since Vance began running for district attorney, Boies' son Christopher has given Vance's campaigns $35,000. "And our sex crime prosecutors made a determination that this was not going to be a provable case, and so the decision was made not to go forward". "Subsequent investigative steps undertaken in order to establish intent were not successful".

"I'm not calling for his resignation yet but I think to me all elected officials owe it to New Yorkers to uphold the highest ethical standards", Quart said. Their special victims unit has plenty of experience in dealing with sexual-assault allegations, at least those involving people whose names don't rhyme with Shmarvey Shmeinstein. She recorded the conversation for the police.

Despite significant progress in the investigation, the report said, the elder Donald Trump's longtime personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz, became involved in 2012 and donated $25,000 to Vance's re-election campaign, which made Kasowitz one of his largest donors. He recalled Vance's push for federal legislation mandating that Apple reverse its encryption for users among his issues with the Manhattan district attorney.

"Obviously he [Weinstein] has some serious issues, and the tape is bad". "But I, as D.A., have to be guided by the evidence and the element of the crime and by experts in the office, and if I stop being guided by any of those things and start being guided by outside influences, whether it's money or it's public opinion, then I'm not doing my job".