Ghislaine Maxwell Trial Jury Breaks For Christmas, Will Return Monday

Ghislaine Maxwell will expend Christmas — and her 60th birthday — in prison with no resolution to her sex trafficking trial like a jury ended an abbreviated first week of deliberations Wednesday without reaching a verdict.

The jury finished another full day’s thinking about the British socialite’s fate on charges alleging that they employed and groomed teenage women for financier Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse more than a 10-year period from 1994 to 2004. Jurors will return Monday, following the Christmas holiday, turning lower a deal to operate Thursday.

Because they broke at 4:30 p.m., U.S. District Judge Alison J. Nathan cautioned jurors to safeguard themselves from the coronavirus within the next four days among an impressive rise in infections in New You are able to City. Nathan stated the Manhattan federal courthouse where they meet is going to be under stricter protocols once they reconvene and jurors must put on hospital-grade masks, which is passed out.

“I want all of you here and healthy on Monday,” she stated.

Greater than 89,000 individuals New You are able to City have tested positive for that virus within the seven-day period that ended Tuesday.

Near day’s finish, jurors requested to determine the transcripts from the testimonies of 1 accuser, Kate,  and former Epstein housekeeper Juan Patricio Alessi. Alessi testified that whenever he labored at Epstein’s sprawling Florida home from 1990 to 2002, he saw “many, many, many” female visitors, coming across within their late 20s, frequently lounging topless at the lake. Also, he testified that two accusers, underage teens at that time, were repeat people to the Epstein mansion.

Jurors had requested the transcripts from the other three accusers’ testimonies Tuesday, the very first full day’s deliberations. Jurors met for under an hour or so Monday after closing arguments and directions consumed the majority of the day.

Maxwell, 59 until Saturday, was arrested in This summer 2020 and it has continued to be in jail without bail since. Prosecutors say she groomed women as youthful as 14 to consider it had been acceptable and normal to allow them to participate in sexualized massages with Epstein, her onetime boyfriend and eventual good friend and employer, sometimes to acquire $100 bills.

For 2 days, prosecutors aimed to demonstrate through 24 witnesses and exhibits that Maxwell was Epstein’s crucial enabler. Prosecutors say she sometimes became a member of within the abuse after recruiting women with promises that Epstein’s wealth and effective connections could fund and let their dreams.

Frequently, the women originated from financially strapped families residing in desperate or strained conditions, the federal government stated.

Defense lawyers contend that Maxwell has been prosecuted like a scapegoat after sex trafficking charges introduced against Epstein dissolved together with his 2019 suicide inside a Manhattan federal jail because he anticipated trial. 

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