Ghislaine Maxwell: Judge sets tentative sentencing date for the convicted sex trafficker

Maxwell, 60, was convicted of one count of sex trafficking for a minor, transporting a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity and three counts of conspiracy-related, and faces up to 65 years in prison.

She was acquitted on charges of soliciting a minor to travel to engage in illegal sexual acts.

Defense lawyers want to delay the sentencing timetable because they say there is a “compelling basis” for the court to overturn Maxwell’s conviction and give her a new trial.

Maxwell’s lawyers say she should be given a new trial after one of the jurors who convicted her gave post-trial interviews in which he said he had been sexually abused and shared his story with fellow jurors during deliberations.

Jurors were explicitly asked in jury questionnaire forms if they had been sexually assaulted and whether it would affect their ability to be impartial during deliberation.

It is not clear how the juror in question answered. Prosecutors denied CNN’s request for a copy of his questionnaire, saying it was “not public information.”

Defense attorneys say in a court filing that the Supreme Court has ruled that an accused deserves a new trial if a party can show that a juror failed to answer a material question truthfully during a jury question.

The parties are still litigating the case and Judge Nathan will eventually rule on a request for a new trial.

During the trial, prosecutors argued that Maxwell and late child sex convict Jeffrey Epstein conspired to create a scheme to lure young girls into sexual relations with Epstein from 1994 to 2004 in New York, Florida, New Mexico and the US Virgin Islands.

The US Attorney for the Southern District of New York praised the prosecutors in his office for their work and thanked the four women who testified during the trial that Epstein abused them when they were girls and that Maxwell facilitated and sometimes participated in the abuse.

“The road to justice is very long. But today justice has been served,” US Attorney Damian Williams said in a statement last month. “I want to commend the courage of the girls – adult women now – who came out of the shadows and entered the courtroom. Their courage and willingness to confront the assailant made this case, and today’s result possible.”

The jury of six women and six men deliberated for about 40 hours across portions of six days before delivering their verdict.

Maxwell’s defense team said in closing arguments that she was a “scapegoat” for Epstein’s actions and attacked the defendants’ memories and motives. Maxwell’s family said they believed in her innocence and “she will eventually be acquitted.”

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Lawyers for one of Epstein’s alleged defendants, Virginia Joffrey, called it a “great day for justice” and a “great victory.”

Joffrey did not testify at Maxwell’s trial but was mentioned several times in government witness testimony. She has filed a separate civil case against Prince Andrew for sexual assault. Joffrey claims she was trafficked by Epstein and forced to perform sexual acts with the British royal family – allegations Andrew denies.

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