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Weinstein's extradition to LA to face new rape charges delayed

Mark Lennihan / AP

Disgraced movie producer Harvey Weinstein, 69, will be staying at the Wende Correctional Facility a little longer. Weinstein has been indicted on new rape and assault charges from five women dating back to 2004 in Los Angeles. The newly reveal indictment contains the same allegations the one-time Hollywood mogul was previously charged with, according to a person with direct knowledge who spoke on condition of anonymity because the indictment is sealed.

At a hearing in Buffalo Monday, Defense lawyer Norman Effman cited a paperwork technicality after his requests for a "humanitarian" delay for Weinstein's medical needs were rejected. Effman challenged the legal paperwork to transfer Weinstein to LA to face the new indictment, as his client watched the proceeding via video link from Wende.

The new indictment is based on a prior criminal complaint, but carries a new case number. Effman said old case numbers were used on the new charges and that Weinstein could not be extradited to the West Coast unless the paperwork is completely correct.

Effman persuaded Erie County Judge Kenneth Case to hold another hearing, now scheduled for April 30.

Weinstein is serving a 23-year sentence for rape and sexual assault. The LA charges carry a potential sentence of 140 years.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

Mike Desmond is one of Western New York’s most experienced reporters, having spent nearly a half-century covering the region for newspapers, television stations and public radio. He has been with WBFO and its predecessor, WNED-AM, since 1988. As a reporter for WBFO, he has covered literally thousands of stories involving education, science, business, the environment and many other issues. Mike has been a long-time theater reviewer for a variety of publications and was formerly a part-time reporter for The New York Times.
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