Ryder prosecutors claim ''evidence of prior acts.'' Though the actress has never been convicted of a crime, prosecutors hope to establish a pattern of illicit behavior in her shoplifting trial
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Winona Ryder
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When Winona Ryder was arrested on shoplifting charges last December, the event seemed strange for a celebrity not previously known for erratic or criminal behavior. But prosecutors in her upcoming trial say they can establish a pattern of such behavior, and they filed a motion Monday, seeking ”to admit evidence of prior acts” to strengthen their case against the ”Mr. Deeds” actress, Reuters reports.

What those ”prior acts” might be is unclear. Court records show no indication that Ryder has ever been charged with or convicted of a related crime, Reuters reports. But Ryder’s lawyer, Mark Geragos, persuaded the judge to seal any such evidence of prior misdeeds months ago. The Los Angeles District Attorney’s office has argued that any such records should remain open. ”We feel that this is a public case, and all these things should be open to public scrutiny,” prosecution spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons told Reuters.

The trial for Ryder, who has pleaded innocent on all counts, has been delayed many times, in part to accommodate Geragos, who is busy with commitments in another case. A trial date is finally supposed to be announced on Thursday.

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