A jury found Gislaine Maxwell guilty of sex trafficking and other charges.
Join Our Telegram Chanel Here: Donald Trump News
After six days of deliberation, the British socialite was found guilty on five of six counts – all but enticing a minor to travel with intent to commit an illegal sex act.
A 65-year prison sentence is possible for her. A person under the age of 18 may be charged with sex trafficking under the sixth count, which carries a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison.
Judge Alison Nathan read out the verdicts to Maxwell and afterward she calmly opened a bottle of water and poured a glass of water for herself.
Jeff Pagliuca, her lawyer, sat next to her and placed his arms around her. She leaned her head into his shoulder and hugged him.
The verdicts were read aloud to her siblings Isabel, Christine, and Kevin in the public gallery. Of these, only Isabel paused and hung her head as they were announced.
Two security guards flanked Maxwell as she left court: she was not handcuffed or shackled.
After one glance back, she held her head down as she walked out. The lawyer, a close friend, and Maxwell’s lawyer, Leah Saffian, appeared red eyed and distraught in the elevator.
After being given the verdict in an envelope, Judge Nathan read out the verdict and asked each juror to confirm it was correct by passing around a microphone. A male juror rubbed his eyes and forehead as he answered, “Yes, it was.”.
There was no shortage of sensational evidence presented during the month-long trial, including tearful testimony, a trove of never-before-seen photos, and shocking claims that the socialite was a ‘sophisticated predator’.
Jane, Kate, and Carolyn were protected from revealing their real names during the testimony, while Annie Farmer used her real name.
The couple allegedly fondled Jane at the couple’s Palm Beach mansion when Jane was 14. She met Maxwell and Epstein at a music camp when she was 14 years old.
Her testimony indicated that she was 17 when Maxwell introduced her to the convicted pedophile and asked her to provide him with a sexual massage.
Carolyn said she met Epstein and Maxwell when she was 14 years old. Her compensation included giving sexual massages to Epstein and recruiting friends her age or younger. After she turned 18, she no longer suffered abuse. “That’s when I realized I was too old,” she told jurors.
When Farmer was 16, she was attending high school and Maxwell was in the same class. She was an employee of Epstein’s older sister. Epstein flew her to his sprawling ranch in New Mexico, where Epstein climbed into her bed while the heiress fondled her. In total, 24 witnesses were called by the prosecution.
According to Laura Menninger, the federal investigators only targeted Maxwell after Epstein hanged himself in a Manhattan jail cell at the age of 66 while awaiting trial on charges related to sex-trafficking.
According to Maxwell’s lawyer, she was an “innocent woman” who became Epstein’s proxy after his death. According to the attorney, Maxwell, the daughter of British press baron Robert Maxwell, had no idea of Epstein’s insatiable appetite for young girls.
During the fifth day of deliberations in Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial, the judge warned about coronavirus, saying the growing number of cases of Omicron is ‘putting at risk our ability to complete this trial.’ Many believe this is just a sham to lay the framework to let her walk free.
According to Judge Alison Nathan, it was time to consider asking the jury to ‘deliberate until a verdict is reached’, but she did not indicate exactly what she meant, saying she would discuss it later.
Judge Nathan reports that none of the six male and six female jurors opposed sitting for an hour extra a day to deliberate – a request she made on Monday. Therefore, they finished at 6pm instead of 5pm.
The change happened due to the fact that “New York has seen an astronomically high number of Covid positivity cases.”.
Judge Nathan stated that “there is an increased risk that the jurors or participants may need to be quarantined, which puts our ability to complete this trial at risk.”.
She added it was time to think about the juror ‘making plans to continue to deliberate until a verdict is reached.’
Although Judge Nathan failed to elaborate, she offered the jury an extra day to deliberate in the week leading up to Christmas, which they declined.
Due to the New Year holiday, this week will be another short week, with the court closed Thursday and Friday.
Judge Nathan also denied Maxwell’s request to give additional instructions to the jury on one of the counts related to transporting Jane the accuser.
Judge Nathan said the attorneys’ request to clarify a count to the jury on the fifth day was “just wrong.”.
Maxwell sent a note on Monday asking if he could be convicted on one of the charges relating to the accuser Jane if it was determined that Maxwell assisted her in booking her flight back from New Mexico.
Her instructions to the jury had previously been referred to by Judge Nathan.
The lawyers for Maxwell argued in a letter to the court that this was “incorrect and prejudicial to Ms. Maxwell.”
A request was made to clarify the jury’s confusion over not only count four – transporting a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity – but also count two – enticing a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts – by providing an additional, three paragraph instruction.
The request to address count two was rejected by Judge Nathan since the jury did not inquire about it.
According to the judge, there is nothing additional that can be given to the jury regarding the third paragraph of the suggested instruction.
Bobbi Sternheim gently rubbed Maxwell’s back as the ruling came down.
As Maxwell entered the courtroom, she donned a black turtleneck sweater and black pants.
The public gallery included her siblings Kevin, Christine, and Isabel.
Monday, the jury was unable to reach a verdict after requesting a transcript of testimony from the ex-boyfriend of one of the victims and a definition of ‘enticement,’ an allegation related to that victim.
The proceedings will be brief this week, just as they were last week. The jury will take a break until Monday if they do not reach a verdict today or Wednesday due to the New Year holiday.
Judge Alison Nathan surprised the jury on Monday by asking them to stay an hour later each day. Instead of ending at 5 p.m. as originally planned, sessions will end at 6 p.m.
Laura Menninger, Maxwell’s attorney, argued that giving the jury such an instruction was like exhorting them to hurry up.
Deputy Prosecutor Alison Moe said ‘it’s within the discretion of the court’ to request that the jury stay longer.
Judge Nathan initially told Menninger: ‘I have the discretion to set the schedule and I can do it over your objection.’
Later, she said she would consider adding a qualification that the jury should not be rushed.
Also, there was an intense legal debate surrounding a note from the jury which asked whether or not Maxwell could be convicted on one of the counts related to Jane if they thought Maxwell helped arrange her flight home from New Mexico.
The prosecution wanted the jury to refer to its instructions, but Maxwell’s lawyers argued the answer should be no.
Judge Nathan said that the note was ‘ambiguous’ and told the court: ‘I don’t know what the question means, it’s too difficult to parse factually and legally’.
Before they began their deliberations, she read out the relevant part of the instructions to the jury.
The jury sent notes earlier in the afternoon asking for transcripts of the testimony from Epstein’s former pilot Dave Rodgers and Gregory Parkinson, the former Palm Beach police officer who captured the 2005 raid on Epstein’s home.
As they began their fourth day of deliberations, the jury also requested a transcript of testimony from one accuser’s boyfriend and stationary supplies.
About an hour and a half after they began work on Monday, the jury asked for a white board, Post-its, and highlighters in a variety of colors.
Jane’s boyfriend Matt, who corroborated her account of being recruited and abused by Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein when she was 14 years old, was also called to testify before the jury.
The court requested a definition of enticement – one of the two charges against Jane involved Maxwell entice her to be sexually abused by Epstein.
In response to Maxwell’s lawyers and the prosecution’s questions, Judge Alison Nathan directed the jury to two parts of the jury instructions for a definition of enticement.
Join Our Telegram Chanel Here: Donald Trump News
She gave them the additional instruction that it could mean: ‘Attracting, inducing or luring, using hope or desire.’
Having just spent Christmas in prison – her 60th birthday – Maxwell walked into court looking relaxed.
In a light brown turtleneck sweater and a black mask, she hugged each of her attorneys one by one as her sister Isabel sat in the public gallery.
Attorney Jeff Pagliuca wished Maxwell a happy birthday and a joyous Christmas.
Bobbi Sternheim, Maxwell’s lawyer, asked that Maxwell be allowed to wear the KN95 mask at all times not just in court – Maxwell wore a different mask in her holding cell.
According to Judge Nathan, everyone entering the courthouse must wear a KN95 or an N95 mask due to the rise in Coronavirus cases.
On Wednesday, a jury of six men and six women failed to reach a verdict forcing the British socialite to spend Christmas behind bars.