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Judge denies Weinstein lawyer’s request for secret jury selection

A judge refused a request by Harvey Weinstein’s lawyer on Friday to hold the second phase of jury selection in his sex assault trial in secret.

“After we conclude this type of whittling down of the jury pool we think it’s in both sides’ best interest to do what has been done in other high-profile cases,” said defense lawyer Arthur Aidala. “Individual sequestered jury selection.”

“Denied!” declared Justice James Burke in Manhattan Supreme Court on the fourth day of jury selection in Weinstein’s Manhattan sex assault trial.

The second phase of the process, slated to begin Jan. 16, is known as voir dire and involves the questioning of individual jurors who have filled out a 16-page questionnaire.

Aidala told the judge that this case was different since most potential jurors aren’t used to speaking in front of international media.

“We’re asking in order for citizens to be as honest and forthright as possible to conduct the jury selection in private,” Aidala said, after handing up a motion outlining his request.

“That’s against the law,” Burke replied as Weinstein, wearing a black suit and tie, sat at the defense table scribbling notes on a yellow pad.

Aidala also raised concerns that a juror could blurt out their opinion of the defendant in front of the other potential panelists, tainting the pool, which the defense team has argued has already happened.

On Wednesday a juror told a courtroom packed with 119 other potential panelists that she couldn’t be fair and impartial because she has “a very close friend who had an encounter with the defendant.”

After the discussion, more than 108 jurors were ushered into the courtroom to continue the first phase of selection.

The disgraced producer is charged with two counts of predatory sex assault, two counts of rape and one count of criminal sex act stemming from the allegations of three women.

Opening arguments are scheduled for Jan. 22. If convicted, Weinstein faces up to life in prison.

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