An accused intercourse trafficker in Illinois is anxious he may not get a good trial — and he is blaming the #MeToo motion.
Benjamin Biancofiori’s lawyer factors to the “present local weather of heightened media consideration” concerning sexual misconduct in her request for a delay in his trial.
Andrea Gambino wrote in her movement filed on Jan. 20 that native and nationwide protection of suspected predators resembling Harvey Weinstein make it difficult to discover a pool of “honest and neutral jurors,” in keeping with court docket paperwork.
“The checklist of those that have been publically accused of sexual misconduct since Weinstein is lengthy and unfinished,” Gambino writes.
Gambino mentions dozens of celebrities and lawmakers within the movement, together with James Franco, Paul Haggis, Ben Vereen, Marshall Faulk, Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose, Russell Simmons, Al Franken, Roy Moore, Louis C.Okay., Steven Seagal, Dustin Hoffman and Kevin Spacey.
A Google search of “male sexual misconduct” produces greater than 7,000,000 outcomes, she writes within the movement.
Gambino additionally notes that the sentencing listening to of Larry Nassar “provides to the heightened sensitivity to” and “ardour in opposition to” those that have been accused. Nassar, convicted of sexually abusing seven girls and accused of molesting not less than 160 others, was set to be sentenced later Wednesday.
“In view of the unbelievable numbers of members within the #metoo motion, together with the inundation of reporting, it’s inconceivable that Mr. Biancofiori will have the ability to choose jurors that haven’t been personally and immediately impacted by the reporting or their very own particular person experiences with male sexual misconduct, together with verbal abuse, harassment, bodily and sexual abuse, sexual assault, and sexual violence, all of which shall be part of the testimony on this case,” the movement reads.
Gambino desires extra time to correctly choose an neutral jury. The movement shall be heard Thursday, in keeping with the Chicago Tribune. The trial was slated to start Monday.
Biancofiori, 38, is accused of operating a intercourse trafficking operation from his Naperville residence, in keeping with the newspaper. Three alleged victims are anticipated to testify.