Ghislaine Maxwell Trial | Next, The Defense Presents Its Case With 35 Witnesses
The Ghislaine Maxwell Trial will resume tomorrow with the defense presenting its case. 35 witnesses are set to take the stand.
The British socialite’s lawyers shared a list of 35 defense witnesses on Friday with the government, a filing in Manhattan Federal Court late Sunday revealed.
Maxwell attorney Bobbi Sternheim asked that three of the 35 witnesses be allowed to take the stand without revealing their real names — an unusual request that the government opposed.
Out of the 35 witnesses, the defense asked that three take the stand anonymously, but Judge Nathan denied the request.
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The prosecution called 24 witnesses. Unusual, the government calls more witnesses than the defense.
“The court’s ruling on this issue may impact the willingness of these witnesses to testify, thereby compromising Ms. Maxwell’s right to present her defense,” Sternheim wrote Judge Alison Nathan.
The filings did not reveal who is on Maxwell’s witness list.
The prosecution rested its case Friday against the 59-year-old accused of grooming underage girls for Jeffrey Epstein between 1994 and 2004
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Four accusers – two of whom were 14 when the abuse began – testified that Maxwell groomed them to give Epstein sexual massages and at times participated in the alleged assaults between 1994 and 2004.
Ghislaine Maxwell Trial Day 11, where the defense will present its case starts tomorrow.
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