A late-June sentencing date was set Friday for British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell after her conviction last month on charges including sex trafficking and conspiracy relating to the recruitment of teenage girls for financier Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse.
U.S. District estimate Alison J. Nathan announced the June 28 date already as she waits to resolve defense claims that a new trial should be ordered after a juror’s public admissions following the verdict about his childhood sexual abuse.
Ghislaine Maxwell may request retrial after juror says he was sexually abused
The juror, who has never been fully publicly identified, told media outlets last week that he told other jurors during a week of deliberations that he was sexually abused as a child and used what he learned about the unprotected to persuade others to convict Maxwell.
Defense lawyers say the revelations warrant a new trial. The juror has retained a lawyer. And Nathan said she’ll rule at a future date what will happen as a consequence of the revelations.
COVID-19 vaccines nevertheless mandatory for Canadian cross-border truckers, feds say
COVID-19: Halifax woman tests positive on Cuba vacation, calls quarantine a ‘messed up experience’
Maxwell, 60, was convicted after a month-long trial in which prosecutors maintained that she recruited and groomed teenage girls for Epstein to sexually abuse from 1994 to 2004. Maxwell once had a romantic relationship with Epstein, but later became his employee at his five residences, including a Manhattan mansion and a large estate in Palm Beach, Florida.
Ghislaine Maxwell faces up to 65 years in prison after being found guilty of helping Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse girls
Epstein, 66, took his own life at a Manhattan federal jail in August 2019 as he awaited a trial on sex trafficking charges.
Maxwell’s lawyers argued at trial that she was made into a scapegoat by federal prosecutors after his death.
Prosecutors say that they’ll drop perjury charges against Maxwell if she is sentenced on schedule.
© 2022 The Canadian Press
Click: See details