Ghislaine Maxwell It seemed the high spirits were notable this week as she returned to court for jury selection for her sex-trafficking trial.
The 59-year-old wore a black turtleneck sweater and gray panties, because the law forbids jurors from seeing offenders in chains or prison attire. Maxwell shared smiles, hugs and close conversations with her lawyers, and turned in her chair on Thursday to blow a series of kisses to her sister Isabel, who sat in the gallery display. Leah Saffian, a California attorney and friend of Maxwell, was also in the front row this week. She declined to comment. (Based on one Daily mail The report, Saffian staged a photo of Maxwell at an In-N-Out Burger in Los Angeles when the press began looking for her in earnest after Jeffrey Epstein commits suicide in August 2019.)
It’s a far cry from Maxwell’s demeanor at trial hearing on November 1, as she was escorted into a Manhattan federal courtroom in chains and wearing a navy jumpsuit, allegedly after having to climb onto a prison truck on her hands and knees.
The British heir, is face fees for allegedly buying underage girls for Epstein teen sex ring, told the court that she had not been offered any kind of plea agreement. “I did not commit any crimes,” she declared that day.
The questioning of jurors about potential biases, known as the severing jury selection process, began on Tuesday. By late Thursday morning, Judge Alison Nathan had questioned more than 80 jurors about their lives, views and knowledge of Maxwell and Epstein and ultimately settled for 58.
Among those prospects, 12 juries and six replacements will be selected on November 29 before the opening arguments in the trial, which is expected to last six weeks.
““I think it’s strange that someone of that caliber could do it without anyone noticing,” a prospective juror said of Epstein’s death.”
Nathan ruled out a middle-aged man on Thursday because he had met Epstein in person. The man told the court that, years ago, “someone who worked for me laid out an investment vehicle … and Epstein was an investor.”
The man, who arbitrates in financial matters, said news stories about Epstein’s crimes particularly caught his attention because he had met the late sex offender.
Another potential juror was backed up after saying she wasn’t sure if she could be completely impartial to what she heard about the case. The woman also said, “I believe the defendant should not be tried on the basis of Mr. Epstein’s actions.”
On Wednesday, a woman said she had heard allegations in the news about Epstein and Britain’s Prince Andrew but “didn’t know much about” Maxwell other than she was arrested in a rural area. The woman was dropped shortly after mentioning Epstein’s suicide and said she recognized several names on a list of potential witnesses.
Prospective jurors reviewed a registry of names, addresses, and entities that Nathan thought might be mentioned at trial. Many people said they recognized former President Trump stomping the ground Mar-a-Lago, where one accuser, Virginia Giuffre, claims Maxwell recruited her in the late 1990s, and where another victim says Epstein brought her to see Trump. (The woman did not accuse Trump of any wrongdoing.)
“I’m not a conspiracy theorist and don’t like it, but I’ve heard on the news that maybe – I think it’s weird that someone of that caliber could do it and no one would admit it. out,” the woman said of Epstein’s death.
A second woman was disqualified after it was revealed that a family member had been sexually abused as a child and that her daughter was involved with the sexual violence group RAINN. Shortly after the woman said this, Isabel Maxwell passed a note to Maxwell’s attorneys, who then requested an argument with the judge that appears to have resulted in the woman’s disqualification.
“Is there anything about your daughter getting involved in that matter that would interfere with your ability to be fair to both sides here?” Nathan asked the woman, who replied, “No. I think it’s an issue that women and men are both passionate about – but I don’t see how that would prevent me from looking at the evidence. “
However, while Maxwell has reported to friends that she believes bad press about her and Epstein will damage the jury panel, many say they’ve never heard of the former couple. Others said they had heard of Epstein, his private island and the suicide prison but didn’t know much about Maxwell himself.
Meanwhile, Nathan said she hopes to issue a ruling on the evidence for exclusion from trial at another hearing scheduled for Tuesday.
As The Daily Beast report, Maxwell’s legal team asked the court to ban the testimony of one of the four young victims in the indictment, as well as evidence including Epstein’s notorious rolodex and sex toy box about relationships high social. The defense argued the 3-year-old victim was of age of consent in the UK when Maxwell allegedly prepared her for abuse by Epstein in 1994 and 1995.
https://www.thedailybeast.com/ghislaine-maxwell-chuckles-with-attorneys-at-jury-selection-for-her-sex-trafficking-trial?source=articles&via=rss Ghislaine Maxwell giggles with lawyers during the jury selection for her sex trafficking trial