On the front page of the New York Times this morning came the news that our erstwhile neighbor Harvey Weinstein was about to be arrested by the Manhattan prosecutors. The arrest followed previous reports that Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance had declined to prosecute at least certain allegations against Weinstein after a lengthy investigation (and after the receipt of some substantial campaign contributions from Weinstein's lawyers). From the Pravda article:
The Manhattan district attorney’s office faced an outcry over not charging Mr. Weinstein in the groping case, but the outcome this time was different. He will be charged with first-degree rape and third-degree rape in one case, and with first-degree criminal sex act in another, law enforcement officials said, speaking on the condition of anonymity.
The following conversation was overheard this morning at about 9 AM at a gym in Greenwich Village a few blocks from Weinstein's house:
MEMBER #1: Did you see in the Times this morning that Harvey Weinstein has been arrested?
MEMBER#2: Yes. But isn't that kind of ancient history at this point? I mean, isn't the thing we really need to focus on now the upcoming elections?