In Ghislaine Maxwell’s Upcoming sex trafficking test, the jury can hear about the luxury venues as before President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Resort in Palm Beach and two world-renowned performing arts schools, according to comments made in court.
On Tuesday, Judge Alison Nathan began dire voir jury selection process, which involves questioning 231 potential jurors about their possible biases. Nathan asked the members of the group if they had an opinion on wealthy sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and Maxwell, his accused accomplice and ex-girlfriend, that makes it difficult to be fair and objective in the case.
Nathan also asked potential jurors if they had a view of “people who are rich or have lavish lifestyles” (no one said they did) or know any witnesses, addresses, and entities. mentioned in the case. The jurors were given a list of people and places and asked to look at it before letting Nathan know if any names were familiar. However, that record is not made public.
But under Nathan’s questioning, many jurors said they knew about Mar-a-Lago and Michigan’s Interlochen Academy of the Arts, of which Epstein was a sponsor in the 1990s, there is a cabin for rent and allegedly preying on teenage girls. One victim said Maxwell and Epstein recruit her at the prestigious art school in 1994 when she was about 13 years old, and Epstein took her to Trump’s resort and asked the mogul, “This is a good place, isn’t it?” According to the victim’s lawsuit, Trump laughed in general with the perverted tycoon. (The victim did not accuse Trump of any wrongdoing.)
Meanwhile, at least one person reviewed the list and said they were familiar with the Professional Children’s School, an arts and sports-focused preparatory school in Manhattan with a roster of famous alumni, including Yo-Yo Ma, Scarlett Johansson and Macaulay Culkin. It is unclear why the school might be mentioned in Maxwell’s criminal trial.
Several potential jurors said in court that they had heard about Epstein, especially after he died in prison, but not Maxwell.
One 24-year-old woman said she had heard of Mar-a-Lago but that it “wouldn’t affect my ability to be carefree.” She also told the court that she once reported a professor allegedly forcing a student to have sex with them. That incident also won’t affect her suitability for the jury, she said.
“The judge also asked potential jurors if they had a view of ‘people who are rich or have lavish lifestyles.’”
A 41-year-old man, who said he has friends who studied at Interlochen and the Professional Children’s School, also said he has no problem with impartiality. However, he did comment that “historically, the legal system was not suitable for some members of society”.
About 600 potential jurors filled out the questionnaires this month, and the final panel will be reduced to 12 jurors and six replacements. Opening statements in a six-week trial in Manhattan federal court are scheduled to begin Nov.
Prosecutors say that Maxwell groomed and abused the least four teenage girls for her ex-boyfriend, the late financier Jeffrey Epstein, from 1994 to 2004. She pleaded not guilty and staunchly denies any wrongdoing.
The FBI arrested the 59-year-old heir in New Hampshire in July 2020, a year after Epstein was indicted in New York for sex trafficking of a minor. When Epstein committed suicide in prison while awaiting trial in August 2019, prosecutors turned their focus to the social network, who they said was Epstein’s key collaborator.
Maxwell was charged with six counts including sex trafficking of a minor and conspiracy to sell sex. If convicted, she faces 80 years behind bars.
Last weekend, Daily mail published a prison interview with Maxwell, who claimed she was abused at Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center. Her lawyers have brought similar allegations this year, even recommend She suffers from “black eyes” because she constantly covers her face from the bright light of her cell.
Maxwell’s attorneys say the government has unfairly made her an agent for Epstein, but victims and their attorneys have for years accused the social site of being a purveyor of money. perverted money manager. (At a Hearing August 2019 marking the end of the Epstein charge, one accuser told the court, “Jeffrey is no longer here, and the women helped him,” before naming Maxwell and his accomplices. Sarah Kellen as his accomplice.)
“I’m afraid there won’t be a fair trial,” Maxwell told friends, according to Letters. “I am extremely afraid that too much negative media stories will poison my jury group and affect the outcome of my trial even though the evidence will prove all that the jurors say. think they know is not true.”
“I look forward to finally having a court date to prove that I did not participate in Epstein’s crimes,” Maxwell added.
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