Trial of Ghislaine Maxwell: The jury will begin its deliberations for the sixth day

The query around kl. 9:30 came after about 32 hours of deliberation over five days, with the jury on Tuesday indicating that it was making progress.

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.

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Maxwell, the former sex offender and longtime partner of the late sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, has pleaded not guilty to six federal counts: sex trafficking with a minor, enticing a minor to travel to engage in illegal sexual acts, transporting a minor with intent to participate in criminal sexual activity and three related cases of conspiracy.

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.

Earlier on Tuesday, Nathan expressed concern that the spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant in New York City could change considerations.

“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.”

Since the beginning of the hearings, jurors have asked the court to provide the transcripts of testimonies from “Jane”, “Kate”, Carolyn and Annie Farmer – the four women whose allegations form the core of the case against Maxwell.
The jury also requested transcripts of testimony from four other witnesses: Juan Alessi, Maxwell’s house manager; “Matt,” Jane’s ex-boyfriend; Gregory Parkinson, the former head of the Palm Beach Police Department, who was present at the 2005 search of Epstein’s house in Palm Beach, Florida; and David Rogers, a pilot for Epstein and Maxwell.
Prosecutors introduced a series of undated photos during the trial showing Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein together.

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.

The deliberations cover a three-week trial highlighted by testimony from the four women who said Maxwell recruited and cared for them to be sexually abused by Epstein and sometimes participated in that abuse. The abuse allegedly began when they were younger than 18, and their charges date from 1994 to 2004.
Epstein, an evasive financier who pleaded guilty in 2008 to state charges of prostitution, was indicted on federal charges of sex trafficking in July 2019; he died of suicide in prison a month later. Maxwell, now 60, was arrested in 2020 and has been held behind bars ever since under close surveillance.

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.

Jane, who testified under a pseudonym, said Maxwell organized sexual massage with Epstein and sometimes participated in the abuse. The charges of luring and transporting relate solely to testimony from her.
Carolyn testified that when she was 14, Maxwell touched her breasts, hips and buttocks and told her she “had an amazing body for Epstein and his friends.” The child trafficking charge – the most serious of all the charges – relates to her testimony.
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Kate testified that Maxwell invited her over and instructed her how to give Epstein a sexual massage. She said Maxwell often talked about sexual topics with her and asked Kate to invite other young girls to Epstein’s sexual desires.
Farmer, the only prosecutor to testify with her full name, said she was 16 when Maxwell massaged her naked breast on Epstein’s ranch in New Mexico in 1996.
Prosecutors sought to connect Maxwell and Epstein closely, saying her actions that normalized sexual massage were crucial to his international abuse plan on his properties in New York, Florida, New Mexico and the US Virgin Islands.

“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.”

The defense summoned nine witnesses during two days of testimony. Their case focused on lengthy cross-examination of the four prosecutors and attacked their motives and recollections of the alleged incidents. Maxwell declined to testify.

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.

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