Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Ghislaine Maxwell sentenced to June in sex trafficking case

NEW YORK — British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell was set for a sentencing date for the end of June on Friday after pleading guilty last month to charges including conspiracy to recruit teenage girls for sex trafficking and sexual exploitation for financier Jeffrey Epstein.

US District Judge Alison J. Nathan announces June 28 date while she waits to resolve defense claims that a new trial is to be ordered after a juror’s childhood sexual abuse verdict was publicly acknowledged. needed.

The juror, who has never been fully publicly identified, told media outlets last week that he told other jurors during a week of deliberations that he had been sexually abused as a child. And he used what he learned about the subject to persuade others to convict Maxwell.

Defense lawyers say the revelations require a fresh trial. The juror has retained a lawyer. And Nathan said she would rule on a future date that would result from the revelations.

Maxwell, 60, was indicted after a month-long trial in which prosecutors said he recruited and framed teenage girls for sexual abuse from 1994 to 2004 for Epstein. Maxwell once had a romantic relationship with Epstein, but later became his employee of five years. Residences including a Manhattan mansion and a large property in Palm Beach, Florida.

Epstein, 66, took his own life in Manhattan federal prison in August 2019 as he awaits trial on sex trafficking charges.

Maxwell’s attorneys argued at trial that he was made a scapegoat by federal prosecutors after his death.

Prosecutors say they will drop charges of perjury against Maxwell if he is sentenced in time.

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