Shameful social activist Ghislaine Maxwell is set to be sentenced for sex trafficking on June 28.
Judge Alison Nathan set a sentencing date for Friday afternoon.
The adjournment was based on the defense attorney’s decision due to recent “compelling” evidence that could overturn the trial as well as Maxwell’s conviction.
Maxwell, 60, was convicted of facilitating the sexual abuse of minors by her ex-partner, Jeffrey Epstein, on December 29. She faces 65 years in prison, which means she could spend the rest of her life behind bars.
She was convicted on five of six counts of sex trafficking – a stunning downfall for a former Londoner who would later move to the highest circles of the New York social scene.
Maxwell’s lawyers last week called for a new trial after a juror revealed that he helped convict the former socialite by telling fellow jurors of his experience with sexual assault.
Ghislaine Maxwell could spend the rest of her life behind bars after a jury found her guilty of recruiting and preparing young girls for the sexual abuse of the late US financier and pedophile Jeffrey Epstein last month.
Maxwell was convicted on five of six counts of sex trafficking – a stunning downfall for a former Londoner who would later move to the highest circles of the New York social scene. Pictured: Maxwell with Epstein
According to court documents dated January 10, the US government has now offered to drop two perjury charges linked to Maxwell’s 2016 allegations in a separate civil lawsuit if he is convicted of sex crimes. Each charge of false testimony carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison.
The charges allege that the convicted sex-trafficker lied under oath to conceal her participation in Epstein’s crimes during a separate civil case brought against her by Virginia Joffrey, accusing Prince Andrew.
The US government confirmed its position in the letter to Judge Alison J. The victims’ great interest is in ending this and avoiding the shock of martyrdom again.
Judge Alison Nathan has set sentencing date for June 28
Meanwhile, Prince Andrew is under heavy pressure to settle with Virginia Roberts Joffrey after a New York judge refuses to rule out her case — setting the stage for a nine-month box office trial to examine allegations she was repeatedly forced to have sex with him as a teenager.
The decision is a devastating slap for the Duke of York, who now faces an expensive and infamous lawsuit next September unless he attempts to pay at least $5 million to Giuffre.
If he chooses not to settle, or if Joffrey declines any offers, Andrew faces an interview by her lawyer in a videotaped statement in London that can be played in court, although the ninth in line cannot be forced to testify due to it being a civil suit in a jurisdiction different.
In addition, he can simply ignore the case and allow the court to issue a decision in his absence, although this is likely to further damage his reputation.
Virginia Geoffrey has always claimed to have been a victim of Jeffrey Epstein and in 2015 sued Maxwell for defamation because she called her a liar.
Prince Andrew is seen with his arm around Virginia Roberts as Ghislaine Maxwell stands in the background, in a now infamous photo from early 2001
Joffrey’s attorneys asked Judge Loretta Prisca Wednesday to release material relating to Epstein and Maxwell’s “sex trafficking” from her 2015 civil suit against Maxwell that includes references to eight unidentified John Doe people.
Individuals are identified in court documents only as “non-parties 17, 53, 54, 55, 56, 73, 93, and 151.”
It is not clear if one of them is the Duke of York. Six objected to breaking the seal.
In a letter to Judge Prisca Wednesday, Maxwell’s attorney Laura Menninger said her client would “leave it up to the court” to determine whether the names should be disclosed.
After careful review of the detailed objections submitted by [the eight Non-Party Does]Gislan’s attorney Maxwell wrote to inform the court that she did not wish to address those objections,” the letter states.
Each of those listed has a lawyer who has ably asserted their privacy rights. Ms Maxwell therefore leaves it to this court to carry out the appropriate review in accordance with the order and protocol for the non-closure of the applications which have been decided upon.
Maxwell, who is said to have been Mrs. Epstein as well as his ex-girlfriend, was seen with the pedophile in photos of evidence presented in court.
DailyMail.com also revealed last week that one of the jurors, Scottie David, had been sexually assaulted. He said he did not remember being asked about his sexual history, but vaguely remembered a question on the prospective juror’s questionnaire related to friends or family.
Maxwell’s lawyers told the Mail on Sunday they believed they found a third juror who had lied about his abuse, after another unidentified juror told The New York Times they had also been abused when they were children.
The first juror who revealed their sexual assault, David, said he did not remember how he answered a pre-trial question about his sexual assault history — questioning the validity of Maxwell’s conviction — and asked the judge to see the answers.
He has since hired attorney Todd Spudk, who has asked the court to submit the questionnaire, according to the New York Daily News. He may face a perjury charge if he is found to have intentionally lied.
David, 35, claimed he used his experience of being sexually assaulted to influence other jurors, saying, “When I shared it, they were able to identify the memory side of the sexual assault.”
But a video posted by DailyMail.com last week revealed that David did not remember whether the pre-trial questionnaire asked about a history of sexual assault – which it did.
Maxwell’s lawyers last week called for a new trial after juror Scottie David, 35, revealed that he helped convict the former socialite by telling fellow jurors of his experience with sexual assault.
Court filings obtained by DailyMail.com show that the former socialite’s defense team went to great lengths to ask two such questions in an effort to weed out anyone who “could not be a fair juror,” and that they did so in the face of difficult government objections.
When calling for a retrial, Maxwell’s lawyers set out their position in a letter to the court, which states: The defense is asking the court to postpone a sentencing timetable because there is a binding basis for the court to overturn Ms Maxwell’s conviction and grant her a new trial based on juror disclosure 50 during deliberations.
The defense therefore objects to a sentencing timetable until this motion is resolved.
Furthermore, asking Mrs. Maxwell to participate in the preparation of the pre-sentence investigation report while she awaits a decision on her request for a new trial would adversely affect her Fifth Amendment rights (the right to remain silent so as not to incriminate oneself).
Ms Maxwell will be held to a position of non-cooperation with the Probation Division’s investigation because any statement she makes to Probation, and any documents she submits, may be used against her in her retrial.
Epstein committed suicide in a federal prison in Manhattan in August 2019 while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges
She was convicted of one count of sex trafficking of a minor and transporting a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity and three counts of conspiracy. She was found not guilty of soliciting a minor to travel to engage in unlawful sexual acts.
Maxwell was found guilty after a month-long trial in which prosecutors asserted that she had recruited and nurtured teenage girls for sexual assault by Epstein from 1994 to 2004.
Maxwell once had a romantic relationship with Epstein, but later became an employee of his five residences, including a Manhattan mansion and a large estate in Palm Beach, Florida.
Epstein committed suicide in a federal prison in Manhattan in August 2019 while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.
Maxwell’s lawyers argued at the trial that federal prosecutors made her a scapegoat after his death.
However, she was convicted of one count of sex trafficking of a minor, transporting a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, and three counts of conspiracy. She was found not guilty of soliciting a minor to travel to engage in unlawful sexual acts.