Weinstein jury split on 2 serious charges
The jury in Harvey Weinstein's rape trial indicated that it is deadlocked on the most serious charges against the once-powerful Hollywood mogul, but the judge told the panel it must keep working. In a note to the judge late in the fourth day of deliberations, jurors asked if it was permissible for them to be hung on one or both counts of predatory sexual assault while reaching a unanimous verdict on the other charges. Weinstein's lawyers said they would accept a partial verdict, but prosecutors said no and Judge James Burke refused to allow it. He sent jurors back to deliberate for a few more minutes before letting them go home for the weekend. They'll resume Monday morning.
Publisher Condé Nast to limit use of NDAs
Condé Nast, the publishing giant behind Vogue, the New Yorker and Vanity Fair, said that it would no longer use nondisclosure agreements for matters involving harassment and discrimination. "There are legitimate arguments in favor of NDAs in certain circumstances," Stan Duncan, the company's chief people officer, wrote in a memo. "However, given our company's values and commitment to transparency, we have decided that going forward, we will no longer enter into NDAs that prevent an employee from making a disclosure of conduct they were subjected to that they believe, in good faith, constitutes harassment, discrimination, or retaliation. " The executive added that the company would release people from existing nondisclosure agreements related to those matters on a case-by-case basis.
Parts of Notre Dame to open in spring
The crypt and parts of Notre Dame Cathedral's plaza are expected to reopen to the public in the spring, Paris officials said this week — almost a year after the landmark 850-year-old building was mauled by a fire that devoured its roof and weakened its structure. The beloved cathedral, the park behind it and the plaza nearby have remained closed amid fears of lead contamination from the damaged church roof and spire. Workers have been repairing the building that President Emmanuel Macron vowed at the time of the blaze would reopen within five years.
Voters cast ballots for new parliament
Iranians voted to elect a new parliament in polls expected to favor conservatives, amid a sweeping purge of moderate candidates from the ballot and as multiple crises flared at home. Hard-line factions allied with Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei are expected to win a majority in parliament, a victory that could politically cripple the more moderate president, Hassan Rouhani, as tensions simmer with the United States. Rouhani is under fire from hard-line conservatives who have criticized his push for engagement with the West, including a 2015 nuclear deal that Iran negotiated with world powers, including the United States.
Court disbands opposition party
A court in Thailand ordered the dissolution of Future Forward, a pro-democracy opposition party that became the highest-profile critic of the nation's military-backed government. The Constitutional Court ruled that loans of 191.2 million baht ($6 million) to the party from Future Forward leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, a 41-year-old former tycoon, breached financing rules. He and other party leaders were banned from politics for 10 years.