Judge sets tentative sentencing date for convicted sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell

Maxwell, 60, was convicted of sex trafficking of a minor, carrying a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity and in three related counts of conspiracy, and faces up to 65 years in prison.

He was acquitted of a charge of luring a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts.

Defense lawyers want to delay the sentencing schedule because they say the court has “compelling grounds” for overturning Maxwell’s sentence and granting him a fresh trial.

Maxwell’s lawyers say she should be given a new trial after a member of the jury who convicted her gave post-trial interviews that said she had been sexually abused and thought- He shared his story with fellow jurors during the deliberations.

Jury members were explicitly asked on jury questionnaire forms whether they had been sexually abused and whether this would affect their abilities to be impartial when deliberating.

It is not clear how the juror in question responded. CNN’s request for a copy of its questionnaire has been denied by prosecutors, who say it is “not public information.”

Defense lawyers say a court filing in the Supreme Court has ruled that a defendant is entitled to a fresh trial if a party can show a juror a failure to honestly answer a material question during jury interrogation. .

The parties are still prosecuting the issue and Judge Nathan will ultimately rule on a proposal for a new trial.

During the trial, prosecutors argued that Maxwell and the late convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein conspired to set up a scheme to woo young girls into sexual relationships with Epstein in New York, Florida, New Mexico and the U.S. Virgin Islands from 1994 to 2004. hatched.

The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York praised prosecutors in his office for their work and thanked the four women who testified during the trial that Epstein abused girls when they were and that Maxwell facilitated the abuse. Gave and sometimes participated in it.

“The road to justice has been a long one. But, today justice has been done,” US Attorney Damian Williams said in a statement last month. “I want to commend the bravery of the girls – now grown women – who stepped out of the shadows and into the courtroom. Their courage and willingness to face their abuse made this case and today’s outcome possible “

A jury of six women and six men deliberated for nearly 40 hours over the course of six days before the verdict.

Maxwell’s defense team said in the final argument that she was a “scapegoat” for Epstein’s actions and attacked the memories and motivations of the accusers. Maxwell’s family said they believed in her innocence and that she would “eventually be proven.”

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Lawyers for one of Epstein’s alleged allegations Virginia Giuffre, called it “a great day for justice” and a “huge victory”.

Giuffre did not testify at Maxwell’s trial, but was mentioned several times in the testimony of government witnesses. She has brought a separate civil suit against Prince Andrew for sexual abuse. Giuffre alleges that she was trafficked by Epstein and forced to have sex with a British royal – a denial by Andrew.