On Wednesday evening, after five days of deliberations, the jury came back with a verdict finding Ghislaine Maxwell guilty of recruiting and grooming underage girls for Jeffrey Epstein.
This brings the month-long trial to an end.
The defense position was that the British socialite was simply an innocent and convenient “scapegoat” after the very suspicious death of Jeffrey Epstein.
The prosecution, however, called Maxwell a “sophisticated predator” in their closing arguments.
For days the jury had requested to review a number of pieces of evidence and witness testimony before coming to their decision.
Ghislaine Maxwell was convicted Wednesday evening of recruiting and grooming underage girls for years as Jeffrey Epstein’s madam — capping a stunning fall from grace for the British socialite, who could now spend the rest of her life behind bars.
Maxwell, who turned 60 on Christmas Day, sat still as the unanimous verdict on five of six counts was read aloud. When it was done, she poured herself a cup of water from a Fiji bottle and took a swig, then conferred with her lawyer.
She showed no emotion as she was hauled out of federal court in Lower Manhattan in front of her siblings, who were seated in the front row.
Source: New York Post
The four charges she was convicted on are as follows:
Count 1: conspiracy to entice a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.
Count 3: conspiracy to transport a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison.
Count 4: transporting a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.
Count 5: conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of minors, which carries a statutory maximum of five years in prison.
Maxwell faces up to 65 years in prison.
Maxwell was acquitted of Count 2, which was “enticing a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts” — a charge that stemmed from allegations made by a woman who goes by the pseudonym “Jane,” who testified that she was sexually abused by Epstein at his Palm Beach estate in 1994 when she was 14.
But, now that the trial is over, many of the documents used in the case will now be sealed by the court.
With the verdict of the Ghislaine Maxwell trial coming in on Wednesday evening, a number of the documents used in the case, like Maxwell’s infamous little black book, have been reportedly sealed by the court.
Most prominently, the little black book which contained the names and contact details of around 2,000 people will be sealed, with only a limited amount of material being released, according to The Times.
Judge Alison Nathan ruled in a Manhattan federal court earlier this month that only portions of the book would be released. Following the trial, it was reported that all documents relating to Jeffrey Epstein’s network were ordered sealed by the court.
Source: The PostMillennial
In 2015, Gawker published selections from the Little Black Book with phone numbers redacted. Included in the listings were some members of the Trump family, as well as members of the Kennedy family, Prince Andrew, disgraced former New York governor Andrew Cuomo, billionaire former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg. It also included Peter Soros, nephew of billionaire George Soros, Sir Richard Branson, former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, and a number of celebrities — Alec Baldwin, Courtney Love, Phil Collins, Mick Jagger, Dustin Hoffman, Ralph Fiennes, Elizabeth Hurley, and John Cleese, to name a few.
Now, all of that will be sealed under court order.
Jack Posobiec, host of the podcast Human Events Daily, said that this wasn’t an investigation, it was a coverup.
We now know the FBI uncovered 20,000 images from Epstein's mansion in Manhattan. Multiple hard drives. Multiple CD-Rs.
And now they are sealed.
This isn't an investigation, this is a coverup.
— Jack Posobiec ✝️ (@JackPosobiec) December 30, 2021
It’s difficult to disagree with that. Despite having over 100 witnesses, the prosecution only brought forward 4 to testify, and somehow, all of the high-profile individuals managed to not have their names dragged too much into the mud.
There are a couple of exceptions to this.
The BBC is facing backlash after having Alan Dershowitz, who was at one point Epstein’s attorney, on to discuss the Maxwell verdict. Dershowitz has been accused of sexual assault by one of Epstein’s victims, Virginia Giuffre.
Statement on interview with Alan Dershowitz pic.twitter.com/MlXkqdJI8u
— BBC News Press Team (@BBCNewsPR) December 30, 2021
Guiffre is suing Dershowitz, and he is countersuing her for defamation.
It’s quite the mess that the BBC stepped into there…
Meanwhile, Prince Andrew’s legal team, is not taking any chances — they gathered for an “emergency meeting” to discuss what this means for their client who is also fighting a lawsuit filed by Giuffre, and is working to get it thrown out of court on January 4. The lawyers fear that Maxwell might “name names” to get a reduced sentence and that the conviction itself will raise questions about how much the Prince knew about Epstein’s predations.
Let’s hope that Maxwell squeals like the rat that she is and some of these sick perverts are named.