A federal judge has postponed Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial before the fall of this year, citing the prosecution’s choice to deliver a fresh indictment in late March including national sex trafficking charges.
Federal prosecutors than any delay as vulnerable to the victims.
“The more this situation remains pending, the more the victims endure the fear of expecting their trial testimony as well as the uncertainty of awaiting a settlement,” prosecutors wrote late last month. “As a result, multiple victims oppose any adjournment of the trial date.”
A grand jury brought a fresh indictment from Maxwell later prosecutors supplemented their situation with someone understood only in court records as”Minor Victim-4.” Other anonymous victims told prosecutors they wanted a quick trial.
“Specifically, Minor Victim-3 expressed sense considerable anxiety throughout the pendency of this case and a powerful desire to have the situation brought to a close through trial after you can,” prosecutors wrote in April. “Likewise, Minor Victim-2 also indicated that she has experienced an immense amount of anxiety while this case has been pending, wants to observe that the situation brought to trial”
Nathan acknowledged:”The Court is very mindful of the countervailing considerations that need any adjournment be no more than needed.”
However, the judge added the extra fees that extend the time frame of the alleged conspiracy and introduce a brand new alleged sufferer, spells greater function for Maxwell’s defense.
“These additions will need the defense to (1) review a considerable quantity of discovery that’s now potentially applicable as a result of the S2 Indictment; (two ) re-review discovery which it had formerly considered in light of the adjustments to the situation against her(3) conduct new investigations depending on the new charges, including possible interviews of fresh witnesses; and (4) reevaluate her trial preparation and strategy,” the judge’s judgment conditions.
Though New York is readying to open up again after long periods of COVID-19 limitations and lockdowns, the judge added the outbreak stays a complicating factor.
“As the Government indicated in describing the delay in submitting the new charges, travel limitations and other safety concerns resulting from the pandemic have slowed trial prep and complicated that the logistics for conducting investigations,” she mentioned.
Prosecutors had argued that delay was unnecessary since Maxwell succeeded in splitting her forthcoming trial in 2. The very first trial is going to have jury assessing claims that Maxwell engaged in sexual trafficking and groomed and abused Jeffrey Epstein’s victims. The second will assess if she lied about it under oath in civil litigation with Virginia Giuffre, who declared the Maxwell defamed her by denying it.
“Although the perjury counts were severed, the court cannot conclude this sufficiently offsets the extra burdens put on the shield as a result of the new charges and expanded time frame resulting from the S2 indictment,” Nathan’s judgment states.
Maxwell pleaded not guilty to the new indictment late every month, when she appeared in court in person for the very first time because of her arraignment. Previous hearings were virtual in light of coronavirus-related limitations which were set up since her original indictment in July 2020.
Judge Nathan arranged prosecutors and defense counsel to indicate that a drop trial date by May 10, only one week from now.
Read the document here.
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