Ghislaine Maxwell Wants Defense Witnesses To Testify Anonymously

Disgraced socialite Ghislaine Maxwell makes a unique request by requesting permission for 3 of her witnesses to testify anonymously. 

During her sex trafficking trial to date, three witnesses that testified against her could achieve this under pseudonyms or by providing their first names only. Now, Maxwell’s defense really wants to likewise be able to defend the identity of three witnesses that will testify on their own client’s account, the New You are able to Occasions reports.

Typically, victims of sex crimes can testify anonymously however a request defense witnesses, who aren’t crime victims, is unusual.

However, Maxwell lawyer Bobbi C. Sternheim contended the witnesses might not testify otherwise shielded in this manner.

“The court’s ruling about this issue may change up the readiness of those witnesses to testify, “thereby compromising Ms. Maxwell’s to present her defense,” Sternheim authored inside a letter towards the judge on Sunday, based on the New You are able to Occasions. 

Following the government rested its situation on Friday, Maxwell attorney Christian Everdell contended that individuals who’d testify with respect to the socialite “could easily get lots of undesirable attention,” CNN reports. 

“We happen to be getting things i believe are valid demands these witnesses testify anonymously or under some kind of protection, name protection,” he stated, based on the New You are able to Occasions. 

From the 35 people around the defense’s witness list, that they noted a week ago in the court they plan to cut lower, it isn’t obvious the particular three need protection.

Maxwell, 59, is charged with recruiting and grooming teen women included in Jeffrey Epstein’s pyramid of sexual abuse. She faces six federal counts, including transporting minors to take part in criminal intercourse and sex trafficking of kids or by pressure, fraud or coercion. Epstein, who had been found hung in the jail cell in August 2019 at 66, only one month after he was arrested on federal sex trafficking charges, known Maxwell as his “closest friend” inside a 2003 Vanity Fair profile.

Maxwell has pleaded not liable towards the charges against her and it has adamantly denied any wrongdoing.

For additional around the situation, watch Peacock’s “Epstein’s Shadow: Ghislaine Maxwell.”

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