TOM HAYS and MICHAEL R. SISAK
NEW YORK (AP) — With prosecutors seeking a severe punishment for Harvey Weinstein in his landmark #MeToo case, his lawyers argued on Monday that he deserves mercy for his already "historic fall from grace" and serious health issues.
In a letter filed in advance of Weinstein's sentencing on Wednesday for his New York City rape conviction, his defense team asked Judge James Burke to give him to only five years behind bars — a far cry from the potential 29-year maximum term allowed by law.
A man who was once admired for putting part of his fortune into charitable causes during his rise to one of Hollywood's most powerful producers now "cannot walk outside without being heckled," the papers say. "He has lost his means to earn a living. Si