Judge Ghislaine Maxwell asks the jury to consult through NYE

The federal judge presiding over the Ghislaine Maxwell case has asked the jury to discuss the holiday weekend, including New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day and January 2nd.

The jury members sent a note to Judge Alison Nathan on Wednesday morning at the beginning of their fifth full day of deliberations, requesting five transcripts of testimony about the trial and a clarification of whether they should sit through the holiday weekend.

Nathan wrote back that they should plan to consider December 31, January 1, and January 2, but said they could raise any planning conflicts they may have.

“If this schedule poses a significant difficulty to anyone due to unwavering commitments, please let Mrs Williams know,” Nathan wrote back, referring to his deputy in the courtroom.

Nathan added that she did not intend to pressure jurors with this schedule and they should take as much time as necessary to pass a verdict.

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Judge Alison Nathan said the jury could raise any planning conflicts they may have.
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On Tuesday, Nathan told jurors and parties to the case that the strict schedule is necessary due to an “astronomical increase” in COVID-19 cases in the city – and the threat that either a jury or a litigant could get sick and need to quarantine.

“Simply put, I conclude that continuing in this way is the best chance both to give the jury as much time as they need and to avoid a mistake due to the omicron variant,” she said.

Jury members said in a memo late Tuesday that they were “making progress” in their deliberations.

“Our deliberations are moving forward and we are making progress. We are at a good point, ”they wrote.

On Wednesday, they requested testimony from five witnesses, including some summoned by Maxwell’s defense attorney.

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The juries have said they are “making progress” in their deliberations.
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One of the wanted transcripts was to Elizabeth Loftus, a psychologist and expert on “false memories” who testified as an expert witness for the defense.

During the trial, Loftus’ jurors told people that constructing false memories can be just as emotionally charged around them as if the events actually happened.

“Emotions are no guarantee that you are dealing with an authentic memory,” Loftus said on December 16.

Loftus has witnessed or consulted in about 300 lawsuits since 1975, including those of Michael Jackson, OJ Simpson, Robert Durst and Ted Bundy.

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