Ghislaine Maxwell to be convicted on June 28 for crimes of human trafficking
Disgraced socialite Ghislaine Maxwell will be convicted on June 28 of crimes of human trafficking.
The sentencing date was set Friday afternoon by Judge Alison Nathan.
Maxwell, 60, was convicted on December 29 by her former partner, Jeffrey Epstein, of facilitating the sexual abuse of minors. She faces 65 years in prison, meaning she could spend the rest of her life behind bars.
She was found guilty of five out of six human trafficking cases – a spectacular downfall for the former London community girl who later entered the highest circles of New York’s social scene.
Maxwell’s lawyers demanded a new trial last week after a juror revealed he helped convict the former socialite by telling fellow jurors about his experience of sexual assault.
Ghislaine Maxwell could spend the rest of her life behind bars after a jury convicted her last month of recruiting and grooming young girls to be sexually abused by the late American financier and pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
Maxwell was found guilty of five of six human trafficking cases – a spectacular downfall for the former London community girl who later entered the highest circles of New York’s social scene. Pictured: Maxwell with Epstein
According to court documents dated Jan. 10, the U.S. government has now offered to drop two perjury charges related to claims Maxwell made in a separate civil lawsuit in 2016, should the sex offense conviction stand. Each perjury charge carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.
The charges allege that the convicted sex trafficker lied under oath by concealing her participation in Epstein’s offenses during a separate civil suit brought against her by Prince Andrew’s prosecutor, Virginia Giuffre.
DailyMail.com revealed last week that a juror, Scotty David, had been sexually assaulted. He said he couldn’t remember being asked about his own sexual history, but vaguely remembered a question about the possible jury questionnaire about friends or family.
Maxwell’s lawyers told the Mail on Sunday they believe they have found a third juror who lied about abuse after a second unidentified juror told The New York Times that they, too, had been abused as children.
The first juror to disclose their sexual abuse, David, said he could not recall answering a pre-trial question about his own sexual abuse history — which cast doubt on the validity of Maxwell’s conviction — and asked the judge to his answers.
Maxwell, who is said to have been Epstein’s madam, as well as his former girlfriend, is seen with the pedophile in evidence photos shown in court
Prince Andrew is seen with his arm around Virginia Roberts with Ghislaine Maxwell in the background, in a now infamous photo taken in early 2001
He has since retained attorney Todd Spodek, who has asked the court to provide the questionnaire, according to the New York Daily News. He could be charged with perjury if he was found to have lied intentionally.
David, 35, has claimed that he used his experience of sexual abuse to influence other jurors, saying, “When I shared that, they were able to figure out the memory aspect of the sexual abuse.”
But a video published by DailyMail.com last week revealed that David couldn’t remember if the pre-trial questionnaire asked about sexual abuse history — which it did.
Maxwell’s lawyers demanded a new trial last week after juror Scotty David, 35, revealed he had helped convict the former socialite by telling fellow jurors about his sexual abuse experience
Court files obtained by DailyMail.com show that the ex-socialite’s defense team went to great lengths to ask two such questions in an effort to eliminate anyone “who can’t be an honest juror,” and that they did so in the face of strenuous objections from the government.
Demanding a new trial, Maxwell’s lawyers set out their position in a letter to the court, stating: “The defense asks the court to delay setting a sentencing timetable because there is a compelling basis for the court to reverse Ms. Maxwell’s conviction and grant her a new trial based on juror’s revelations.” 50 during the deliberations.
“The defense therefore objects to establishing a time frame for sentencing until this motion is resolved.
In addition, requiring Ms. Maxwell to participate in the preparation of the previous sentence’s investigative report while she awaits a decision on her request for a retrial will adversely affect her Fifth Amendment rights. (the right to remain silent so as not to incriminate oneself).
“Mrs. Maxwell will be forced into the position of not cooperating with the probation investigation because any statement she makes to probation, and any documents she provides, could be used against her in her retrial.”
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