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Ghislaine Maxwell asks judge to keep jury questionnaire under seal to avoid tarnishing jury pool

British socialite’s lawyer in jail Ghislaine Maxwell They won their first fight a month before Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged Madam child sex-trafficking trial, asking the judge presiding over the case to put the proposed jury questionnaire under seal to avoid tarnishing the jury pool. assured.

In court documents filed Tuesday, Maxwell’s defense team asked U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan to seal a proposed jury questionnaire and preliminary examination — known as Voyage Dyer.

Federal prosecutors agreed to the request, Assistant US Attorney Alison Moe wrote in a two-page memo: ‘The Defense respectfully requests that the Joint Proposed Juror Questionnaire and the Joint Proposed Juror Questionnaire be filed under seal to avoid strict media coverage. Which could bias the jury’s selection.

‘Government agrees to request for rescue.’

Maxwell, 59, has been in prison since his arrest last July at his $1 million country home in Bradford, New Hampshire. His trial is expected to begin on November 29.

Ghislaine Maxwell (with her ex-boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein in 2005) was accused of helping and participating in Jeffrey Epstein’s sexual abuse of minors, including providing sexual massage for Epstein to teenage girls as young as 14. was recruited for.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges in federal court in April.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges in federal court in April.

Maxwell has been charged with aiding and participating in the sexual abuse of minors by her ex-boyfriend, Jeffrey Epstein, who recruits teenage girls as young as 14 to provide sexual massages for convicted pedophiles, who killed himself while waiting for his own sex in a Manhattan federal lockup in 2019. Smuggling test.

Judge Nathan previously denied the claim that Epstein had a non-prosecution agreement with federal prosecutors more than a dozen years ago when he was convicted in Florida, protecting Maxwell from prosecution in the Southern District of New York.

Nathan also disagreed that some or all of the allegations should be dismissed for several other alleged flaws.

The allegations against him surfaced after the Miami Herald’s 2019 three-part series perversion of justice Revealed the actors behind Epstein’s non-prosecution agreement after he pleaded guilty in 2008 to prostitution-related charges involving an underage girl.

Former Labor Secretary Alex Acosta resigned soon after as several prominent figures, including former President Bill Clinton and Prince Andrew, were implicated in the scandal.

The Herald soon followed with an open-record fight that persuaded the United States Court of Appeals to open a largely sealed docket in a civil lawsuit filed against him by Maxwell’s plaintiff Virginia Giuffre in 2015. , and his statements were issued.

The allegation that he had proved himself wrong in that case will be tried separately.

Maxwell, a British socialite, has been in prison since his arrest last July at his $1 million country home in Bradford, New Hampshire.

Maxwell, a British socialite, has been in prison since his arrest last July at his $1 million country home in Bradford, New Hampshire.

Virginia Giuffre, center, had previously filed a civil case against him, and her statements were released after the Miami Herald published a series detailing how Epstein managed to obtain a non-prosecution settlement.  Giuffre is seen here with Prince Andrew and Ghislaine Maxwell at their townhouse in London at the age of 17

Virginia Giuffre, center, had previously filed a civil case against him, and her statements were released after the Miami Herald published a series detailing how Epstein managed to obtain a non-prosecution settlement. Giuffre is seen here with Prince Andrew and Ghislaine Maxwell at their townhouse in London at the age of 17

Maxwell’s lawyers have previously said she was seeking to personally prosecute the new charges after the dial-in phone line was hijacked at a previous hearing by QAnon conspiracy theorists.

His lawyers three times failed to persuade Nathan to release Maxwell on bail, as he claimed that his client was living in poor prison conditions and had lost weight.

She requested a week’s delay on April 23 to formally plead for two additional charges in federal court in New York.

A document filed by his lawyers said this was to enable his “family members to adjust their schedules and make travel arrangements to attend court proceedings”.

But Maxwell’s alleged victims have pleaded with a federal court not to delay her trial because they are suffering “too much stress”.

Prosecutors said the two women who testified against Maxwell would not be able to rest until the case is heard.

One is feeling ‘significantly stressed’ while the other is feeling ‘enormous stress’ and intends to testify personally, despite their personal obligations at the time.

He wrote: ‘The longer the case is pending, the greater are the victims’ fears about their trial testimony and the uncertainty of waiting for a resolution.’

Maxwell's lawyers are now demanding a jury questionnaire and a stricter seal to keep the jury pool from getting stained at his trial in November.

Maxwell’s lawyers are now demanding a jury questionnaire and a stricter seal to keep the jury pool from getting stained at his trial in November.

The trial is expected to last four weeks for the government to present its case, though federal prosecutors said they can ‘rest until the third week of the trial, provided that the length of the examination of witnesses does not exceed the examination,’ As per court documents obtained by Law and Crime.

That’s why prosecutors are requesting that judges ‘only seat jurors with availability after the Christmas break.’

Meanwhile, the defense estimates they may rest after two weeks, although “this estimate may change as the defense has the opportunity to review government witnesses and performance lists,” said Nathan on Monday. The defense lawyers were made available on the night of. Prosecutors forcibly forced the team to ‘provide the team with the identities of any unidentified co-conspirators whose names they plan to refer to at trial.’

By September, Law & Crime reports, prosecutors claimed they only planned to refer the two alleged co-conspirators, but noted that this was subject to change.

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