Judge denies Ghislaine Maxwell’s motion to overturn her conviction on sex trafficking charges


BREAKING NEWS: Judge denies Ghislaine Maxwell’s motion to overturn her conviction on sex trafficking charges

  • The 60-year-old former girlfriend of late pedophile Jeffrey Epstein was convicted on December 29 of federal charges of sex trafficking
  • Maxwell was found guilty of five federal charges relating to her role in Epstein’s sexual abuse of minor girls between 1994 and 2004
  • Immediately after the trial one of the jurors, Scotty David, revealed that he had been sexually abused and used his experiences to guide the deliberations
  • Maxwell’s lawyers demanded a retrial, pointing out that potential jurors were asked before the trial commenced if they were survivors of abuse, and he said no
  • On Friday, Judge Alison Nathan ruled against acquitting her and affirmed her conviction
  • Judge Nathan combined the three conspiracy counts into one, meaning that she will be sentenced on three of the five counts
  • A sentencing date has been set for June 28, and she faces up to 65 years in prison 

A U.S. judge on Friday denied a motion by Ghislaine Maxwell to overturn her December 2021 conviction on sex trafficking charges for her role in helping the late financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse teenage girls.

Maxwell, 60, was convicted on December 29 of federal charges of sex trafficking.

Yet immediately after the trial one of the jurors, Scotty David, revealed that he had been sexually abused, and said that he used his experiences to inform the jury’s deliberations.

Maxwell’s team immediately sought a retrial, pointing out that all potential jurors were asked in their questionnaire if they were survivors of sexual abuse, and he said no.

In March, David was brought back before the judge, and apologized for failing to disclose the information.

On April 1, Judge Alison Nathan denied Maxwell a retrial.

On Friday, she refused Maxwell’s bid to be acquitted. 

The judge, in Friday’s 45-page ruling, did however combine all three of the conspiracy counts she was convicted on into one, meaning she will be sentenced on three counts, not five. 

A U.S. judge on Friday denied a motion by Ghislaine Maxwell to overturn her December 2021 conviction on sex trafficking charges for her role in helping the late financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse teenage girls 

MAXWELL’S CHARGES

COUNT ONE: conspiracy to entice individuals under the age of seventeen to travel in interstate commerce with intent to engage in sexual activity illegal under New York law – GUILTY, maximum 5 years

COUNT TWO: enticement of individuals under the age of seventeen to travel in interstate commerce with intent to engage in sexual activity illegal under New York law, and aiding and abetting the same – NOT GUILTY

COUNT THREE: conspiracy to transport individuals under the age of seventeen to travel in interstate commerce with intent to engage in sexual activity illegal under New York law – GUILTY, maximum 5 years

COUNT FOUR: transportation of an individual under the age of seventeen with intent to engage in sexual activity illegal under New York law, and aiding and abetting the same – GUILTY, maximum 10 years

COUNT FIVE: conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of individuals under the age of eighteen – GUILTY, maximum 5 years

COUNT SIX: sex trafficking of an individual under the age of eighteen, and aiding and abetting the same – GUILTY, maximum 40 years

 

Judge Nathan found that count one – conspiracy to traffic minors across state lines for sex – was similar to count three.

Count three dealt with conspiracy to transport minors across state lines for sex.

She also found that count five – conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of minors – was similar to three, so combined them.

As a result, Maxwell will be sentenced on a new count, combining one, three and five, detailing with conspiracy to sex traffic minors.

Each of those conspiracy counts carried a maximum five year sentence. 

It was unclear if the combined count would carry a maximum sentence of five or 15 years. 

She will also be sentenced on counts four and six – count four carrying a maximum of 10 years, and six being the most serious, and carrying a potential 40 year sentence.

The jury found her not guilty of count two. 

A sentencing date has been set for June 28. 

Epstein killed himself in a Manhattan jail cell in 2019 at age 66 while awaiting trial on sex crimes charges. 

Maxwell’s lawyers argued throughout the trail that she was being prosecuted for the crimes he committed. 

During her trial, four women testified that she had groomed them for sex with her pedophile ex, for whom she worked as an assistant and property manager.

‘It is crystal clear that Maxwell knew about and was deeply involved in Epstein’s sexual abuse of children,’ said Alison Moe, an assistant U.S. attorney, in a closing argument. 

‘Maxwell was key to the whole operation.’

Maxwell, a British heiress with French and US citizenship, is pictured in June 2013, at a meeting of her short-lived environmental foundation Terra Mar

Maxwell, a British heiress with French and US citizenship, is pictured in June 2013, at a meeting of her short-lived environmental foundation Terra Mar

Maxwell is pictured in court on March 8 as Scotty David (right) discusses his reasons for failing to disclose his history of being sexually abused

Maxwell is pictured in court on March 8 as Scotty David (right) discusses his reasons for failing to disclose his history of being sexually abused

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