In the 40-page opinion, Judge Alison Nathan found that “the lack of attention and care in correctly answering each question on the questionnaire is regrettable, but the Court is convinced that the failure to disclose was not intentional.”
The judge said the bar for setting aside a guilty verdict is high and happens “only in the most exceptional circumstances”.
The jury issue became public after the sentencing when the jury gave several interviews to media outlets, stating that he had been sexually abused as a child. He said that many jurors had issues with faulty memories of victims, so he shared his personal experience with abuse and memory during the deliberations.
Maxwell’s lawyers argued that the jury’s answers should have given him a new trial.
Last month, Judge Nathan questioned the jury, who said he was distracted and focused when filling out the questionnaire and made an “unintentional mistake.” He refused to formulate his answers to win a spot on the jury. The judge said he found the juror accountable and candid and confirmed that his personal history would “in no way” affect his ability to serve as an impartial and impartial juror.
On Friday, Maxwell’s attorney told the judge not to rule on a new trial proposal until they saw a new interview that Juror 50 gave as part of a multi-part streaming series on Maxwell. . Prosecutors said the government “strongly” opposed any delay in the verdict.
The trial, which lasted nearly a month last year, alternated between disturbing testimony from sexual abuse victims and illuminating testimony about Epstein’s connections to some high-profile celebrities.
A jury of six women and six men deliberated for nearly 40 hours over the course of six days before the verdict. They found him guilty of three related counts of sex trafficking of a minor, transporting a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activities and conspiracy but to entice a minor to travel to engage him in illegal sexual acts. acquitted of the charges.
He is to be sentenced in June and could face up to 65 years in prison.
Nation World News’s Lauren Del Valle, Cara Scannell and Sonia Moghe contributed to this report.