Ghislaine Maxwell loses key rulings ahead of trial for Jeffrey Epstein sex crime case

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KEY POINTS

  • A judge ruled that prosecutors can refer to accusers of Ghislaine Maxwell as “victims” at the British socialite’s trial on charges of procuring underage girls to be sexually abused by Jeffrey Epstein.
  • All the complainants were 17 or over so it’s hard to understand how they can be referred to as “Under Age.”
  • Federal Judge Alison Nathan also ruled that Maxwell’s accusers can have their identities kept anonymous during the trial. Are they afraid that how great their lives have been since those times will be revealed? That would make clear how weak the claim of damage is but hey, where money is involved let’s not let the whole truth come out.
  • Epstein, a former friend of ex-Presidents Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, at one time dated Ghislaine, who also acted as his property manager. 
Ghislaine Maxwell on September 20, 2013 in New York City.
Ghislaine Maxwell on September 20, 2013 in New York City.
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A judge Monday ruled that prosecutors can refer to accusers of Ghislaine Maxwell as “victims” at the British socialite’s upcoming trial in New York on charges of procuring underage girls to be sexually abused by mysterious money man Jeffrey Epstein.

Manhattan federal court Judge Alison Nathan, citing the need to protect Maxwell’s accusers from embarrassment, also ruled during a hearing that those women can have their identities kept anonymous during the trial.

Maxwell’s lawyers had wanted prosecutors barred from using the word “victim” and “minor” to describe the accusers, and also had wanted them identified during the trial with their real names.

Defense lawyers also lost their bid to be allowed to suggest at trial that prosecutors only filed charges against Maxwell because of press coverage about Epstein and his alleged misdeeds with her.

Also Monday, prosecutors said they had not made any plea offer to Maxwell, such as one in which she would admit guilt to some criminal conduct in exchange for an agreement that prosecutors would seek a less severe punishment than she might get if she were to be convicted at trial.

Prosecutors also admitted Maxwell likewise had not asked for a plea deal.

“I have not committed any crime,” Maxwell, 59, said to Nathan as she confirmed that revelation at the hearing, which dealt with a raft of issues in advance of her trial, due to begin with opening arguments on Nov. 29.

All the complainants were 17 or over so it’s hard to understand how they can be referred to as “Under Age.”

Editors View:

It seems now they can no longer punish Jeffrey Epstein the justice system wants to prosecute Ghislaine in his stead in a desperate effort to justify the time and money that has been wasted on this farce. To the justice system I say, “The man is dead. You have already had your pound of flesh.” To the moneygrabbers who are claiming they have been damaged, but failed to complain until 20 years after the event, I say, stop using the justice system as a way to make money and grow up.

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