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Ghislaine Maxwell formally requested a retrial on Wednesday, according to court documents filed by her legal team, following revelations a juror may not have disclosed his personal experiences of sexual abuse to the court during jury selection—the request comes weeks after she was found guilty of facilitating the abuse of young girls by late financier Jeffrey Epstein. 

Key Facts

The letter was filed Wednesday night just before the midnight deadline to formally request a new trial set by U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan.

Maxwell’s lawyers filed the documents under seal, meaning their contents are not known. 

In a letter accompanying the motion—which was not filed under seal—one of Maxwell’s lawyers, Bobbi Sternheim, asked Nathan to keep all “submissions pertaining to Juror No. 50”  under seal until the Court rules on a retrial.

Lawyers for Maxwell have previously said there was “a compelling basis for the Court to overturn” her conviction and grant a new trial based on post-trial revelations the juror shared personal experiences of sexual abuse with other jurors during deliberations.  

Key Background

Maxwell, a former socialite and daughter of British publishing tycoon Robert Maxwell, was convicted last month on five of six counts of sex trafficking and other crimes for recruiting and grooming underaged girls for abuse by Epstein, who died by suicide in jail awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges. If her conviction stands, she faces up to 65 years in jail. Maxwell faces two additional counts of perjury for lying under oath about this abuse during a defamation suit brought by Virginia Giuffre, who is suing Prince Andrew in civil court. The perjury charges were separated from the sex abuse charges and the case will likely go to trial unless charges are dropped or she pleads guilty. The U.S. government has offered to drop the charges if her sex abuse convictions are allowed to stand to save the victims the trauma of having to testify again at another trial. 

Further Reading

U.S. Prosecutors Offer To Drop Ghislaine Maxwell Perjury Charges If No Retrial In Sex Trafficking Case (Forbes)

Ghislaine Maxwell Found Guilty Of Sex Trafficking Young Girls For Jeffrey Epstein (Forbes)

Ghislaine Maxwell Now Faces Another Criminal Trial for Perjury (Bloomberg)

Source: Forbes – Business

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