In a joint letter submitted Monday 10 to U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan, prosecutors and the defense proposed a schedule for sentencing and resolution of the severed perjury counts again Ghislaine Maxwell.
The perjury charges concern allegations that Maxwell lied about her knowledge of Epstein’s behavior during depositions taken in 2016 for a separate civil lawsuit.
Ghislaine Maxwell | The Government
The Government proposed the preparation of a PSR (Presentence Investigation Report) and asked for the sentencing to happen in three to four months. The reason it was asked in that manner is because, the prosecution deems it time enough for the preparation of said PSR and the resolution of the post-trial motions.
In the event that Ghislaine Maxwell’s post-trial motion are denied, the Government is prepared to : dismiss the severed perjury counts at the time of the sentencing, in light of the victim’s significant interests in bringing closure to this matter and avoiding the trauma of testifying again.
If any of Ghislaine Maxwell’s post-trial motion are granted, the Government proposes be directed to promptly confer and propose a schedule for further proceedings.
Ghislaine Maxwell | The Defense
The Defense is asking for a new trial based on the disclosures of Juror #50 during deliberations. A juror did an interview with claims that give grounds of a mistrial.
That juror’s disclosures to Reuters and other media “influenced the deliberations and convinced other members of the jury to convict Ms. Maxwell,” Maxwell’s lawyers have said.
Lawyers for the British socialite challenged the conviction after one juror told Reuters that when some jurors expressed skepticism about the accounts of two Maxwell accusers, he shared his experience of having been sexually abused as a child.
The defense objected to setting a schedule for sentencing until that motion is resolved. Furthermore, the defense argues that Ghislaine Maxwell should not be forced to expend resources to brief other post-trial motions.
The defense argues that Ghislaine Maxwell should not participate in the PSR as it violates her Fifth Amendment rights.
Lawyers for Maxwell oppose setting any timetable, believing that one juror’s post-trial revelations about having been sexually abused was a “compelling basis” to overturn their client’s conviction and grant a new trial, the letter said.
Maxwell, 60, was convicted on Dec. 29 after a month-long trial on sex trafficking and other charges of recruiting and grooming underage girls for Epstein to abuse between 1994 and 2004.
Maxwell faces up to 65 years in prison on her conviction.
Nathan gave Maxwell’s lawyers until Jan. 19 to formally explain why the conviction should be overturned. Prosecutors have until Feb. 2 to respond.
Two of the names mentioned during the Ghislaine Maxwell Trial are facing rape cases filed against them by their victims.
Prince Andrew was named and a sexual abuse case has been filed against him by Viriginia Giuffre.
Kevin Spacey was named and a sexual abuse trial filed by his victim, Anthony Rapp has taken place.
Judge Lewis Kaplan is to give his answer as to rather the Virginia Giuffre VS Prince Andrew Duke of York case will move forward. Funny enough, Judge Lewis Kaplan also presides the Anthony Rapp VS Kevin Spacey Rape case.
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