The jury asked for testimony from prosecutor Carolyn’s ex-boyfriend, Shawn; Cimberly Espinosa, who was Maxwell’s former assistant at Epstein’s office in New York in the late 1990s; and FBI agents Amanda Young and Jason Richards.
This is the first time the jury has requested transcripts from defense witnesses.
Judge Alison Nathan and lawyers could not see the fifth name on the note and asked for clarification from the jury – who also asked about the schedule for the discussions for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day for planning purposes.
Nathan on Tuesday told lawyers and the jury that the 12-member panel will now work every day until they reach a verdict.
“Simply put, I conclude that continuing in this way is the best chance to both give the jury as much time as they need and to avoid a mistake due to the Omicron variant,” the judge told lawyers. outside the presence of the jury.
Juries resumed discussions around noon. 9 a.m., and Nathan has requested that they work until 9 p.m. 18:00, one hour later than the first five days ended.
If Maxwell is convicted of all six counts, he risks up to 70 years in prison.
The jury, which was given time off for Christmas, must, if necessary, work into the New Year weekend, the judge told prosecutors and the defense team.
“We are simply a different place in terms of the pandemic than we were just a week ago, and we now face a high and escalating risk that jurors and / or trial participants may be quarantined, disrupting the trial ( and) jeopardizes our risk. ability to complete this experiment, “she said.
Later, the judge read a note from the jury that said, “Our deliberations are progressing and we are making progress.”
On Monday, the jury asked for a definition of “seduction,” which is part of two of the charges, and sent the judge a question about a charge that involved travel for one of the charges.
What happened during the trial
The prosecution summoned 24 witnesses during a 10-day testimony. Their case rested primarily on four women with personal stories about Maxwell’s alleged role that facilitated Epstein’s abuse.
“A single middle-aged man inviting a teenage girl to visit his ranch, get to his house, fly to New York, is creepy,” prosecutor Alison Moe said in concluding arguments. “But when that man is accompanied by a distinguished, smiling, respectable, age-appropriate woman, then everything begins to seem legitimate.
“And when that woman encourages those girls to massage that man, when she behaves as if it is perfectly normal for the man to touch those girls, it lures them into a trap. It allows the man to sound the alarm bells.”
As concluding arguments, attorney Laura Menninger tried to distance Maxwell from Epstein and suggested that he had manipulated her as well. She said the prosecution’s case is based on speculation and distracting images of Maxwell with Epstein, including several showing her giving him a foot massage.
“She’s being prosecuted here for being with Jeffrey Epstein, and maybe that was the biggest mistake of her life – but it was not a crime,” Menninger told the jury.
Opinions also suggested that prosecutors coordinate new facts and details to fit the government’s case.
“It’s called proposals after the event. And that’s what happened in this case. Each of these women had talked to several people, had seen the media, shared their stories, talked to their lawyers. And we’re talking about things that supposedly happened. 25 years ago, “Menningar said.
CNN’s Lauren del Valle reported and wrote from New York, and Steve Almasy wrote in Atlanta. CNN’s Eric Levenson contributed to this report.