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Afternoon Briefs: Harvey Weinstein gets 23 years; Sen. Rand Paul keeps $582K verdict in neighbor assault suit

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Harvey Weinstein in 2014. Photo from Wikimedia Commons.

Harvey Weinstein gets 23-year prison sentence

Former film producer Harvey Weinstein, 67, was sentenced Wednesday to 23 years in prison for sexually assaulting two women. The minimum sentence was five years. Weinstein told the court that he thought the relationships were consensual, and he was “totally confused.” Weinstein faces additional charges in California. (The New York Times, CNN)

Kentucky appeals court affirms $582K verdict for Sen. Rand Paul

A Kentucky appeals court has affirmed a $582,000 verdict for U.S. Sen. Rand Paul in a civil suit against a neighbor who tackled Paul and broke six of his ribs. The neighbor, retired anesthesiologist Rene Boucher, said he had gotten burned after igniting a pile of brush that Paul had set near the property line. He tackled Paul the next day, Boucher said, when Paul blew his leaves into Boucher’s yard. (Law360)

Disbarred lawyer gets jail time for continuing law practice

A disbarred lawyer in California was sentenced Tuesday to 270 days in jail for using another lawyer’s identity to represent a client in a family law case in Ventura County. The lawyer, Jamaul Cannon, will also have to serve three years of probation and pay restitution to the client. Cannon was disbarred because of his role in a fraudulent loan scheme, prosecutors said. (The Ventura County Star)

Judge sentences potential juror to five days in jail

Prattville, Alabama, Judge Bill Lewis Jr. sentenced a potential juror to five days in jail Tuesday for allegedly discussing evidence in a triple murder case that would not have been admissible. Lewis sentenced potential juror Kyle Dean for contempt of court and dismissed the entire jury pool. (The Montgomery Advertiser, WSFA 12 News)

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