Trial Resumes Today Amid Omicron Concerns
The jury in British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex abuse trial is set to resume deliberations today although the judge in the case has warned of an increasing risk of a mistrial because of the spread of the Omicron Covid variant.
Judge Alison Nathan said on Tuesday that a positive Covid-19 case among jurors would “(put) at risk our ability to complete this trial.”
Ms Nathan also suggested that deliberations could be held on the weekend if necessary.
“We are very simply in a vastly different place regarding the pandemic,” the judge said, citing the “astronomical spike” in Covid-19 cases in the New York City area due to the Omicron variant.
Jurors began their deliberations on 20 December and in a note on Tuesday, said that deliberations were “moving along.”
“We are making progress,” said the note, which Ms Nathan read out in court.
Ms Nathan has not had to replace any of the 12 jurors so far. However, should one or more be unable to continue serving, she would have to call back at least one of the five alternate jurors and deliberations would need to resume from scratch.