Cy Vance's burden of proof on Harvey Weinstein


"Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance has taken thousands of dollars in donations over the years from David Boies, a top lawyer in NY whose clients have included Al Gore in the 2000 presidential election", the AP reports.

The prosecutors in their Sex Crimes Unit, she said, were not given the opportunity to counsel investigators on what was necessary to capture in order to prove a misdemeanor sex crime before the meeting. In a report released by the The New Yorker on Tuesday, journalist Ronan Farrow outlines Gutierrez's encounter with Weinstein, and provides the recording where the producer confesses to grabbing her breasts, saying that he was "used to" doing that kind of thing to women. The New Yorker reported after Weinstein's firing on more accusations, including some involving sexual assault. A tactic Weinstein bragged about using, according to sources. Since Vance began running for district attorney, Boies' son Christopher has given Vance campaigns $35,000 and Boies' law partner, Jonathan Schiller, has given $26,000. "Subsequent investigative steps undertaken in order to establish intent were not successful".

Weinstein has denied having any non-consensual sexual contact with women. Thanks to NYPD bungling, Freidman-Agnifilo concludes, their office had "no choice but to conclude the investigation without criminal charges". Instead, once the D.A.'s office ruled it could not press charges, Gutierrez signed a nondisclosure agreement, including an affidavit claiming that what Weinstein confessed to on the recording didn't actually happen. That contribution from attorney David Boies - who previously headlined a fundraiser for Vance - was a fraction of the $116,000 that Boies, his son and his law partner have delivered to the Democrat during his political career.

The tape's unspooling by the New Yorker Tuesday comes shortly after its revelations that Donald Trump's family business skated past a criminal fraud investigation of Manhattan condo sales - with the Trump organization's lawyer then giving generously to Vance's campaign, meanwhile reaching civil settlement that bought complainants' silence.

Last week, Assemblyman Dan Quart sent a letter to New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman requesting that he investigate Vance for his role in choosing not to prosecute Trump's children. The investigation began in 2010.

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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. Eventually it was dropped. "I donated to Cy Vance's campaign because I was and remain extremely impressed by him as a person of impeccable integrity, as a brilliant lawyer and as a public servant with creative ideas and tremendous ability".

The D.A. defended his decision to drop the case against the Trumps.

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. "I had to make a call and I made the call, and I think I made the right call".

"I support Cy Vance, I will endorse Cy Vance for re-election, and I don't understand the controversy", James said, according to a tweet by a reporter.