Ghislaine Maxwell, who was convicted by Jeffrey Epstein of conspiring to recruit and abuse teenage girls, intends to request a new trial in her case after a jury revealed that she was a victim of sexual abuse. Was.
Two defense attorneys – Jeffrey Pagluka and Laura Meninger – said in a letter to U.S. District Judge Alison J. Nathan that “based on undisputed, publicly available information, the court may order a new trial without hearing any evidence.” can and should give”.
“Ms Maxwell intends to request a new test,” he wrote.
“Any submission shall include all known undisputed remarks of the juror, including recorded statements, relevant questionnaires and other non-controversial facts. It is clear to Ms. Maxwell that a new trial is needed based on this record alone.” Is.”
He added that if a hearing is needed, it should happen soon and that all deliberative jurors “need to be investigated, not to impeach the verdict, but to evaluate the conduct of the jury”.
Attorney Christian Everdale said in his own letter to Judge Nathan that he should suspend all other post-trial motions in the case while learning more about the jury’s actions because the revelation “presents indisputable grounds for a new trial.” Is”.
“Should the defense prevail on this motion – and we believe the law and facts are clearly on our side – it will put an end to all other post-trial motions,” he wrote.
He added that Maxwell “should not spend precious time and resources briefing other proposals when this proposal may and should be dormant”.
In interviews published by The Independent and the Daily Mail, a juror described a moment during deliberation when he told fellow jurors in Maxwell’s trial that, like some of the victims of the late financier Epstein, he was a child. He was sexually abused in
And he said he reassured other jurors that the victim’s incomplete memory of the sexual abuse didn’t mean it didn’t happen.
“I know what happened when I was sexually abused. I remember the color of the carpet, the walls. Some of it can be replayed like video,” he said as he told the jury, according to The Independent.
“But I can’t remember all the details, there are some things that go together.”
In their letter to Judge Nathan, even prosecutors said those reports “deserved attention by the court”. The juror was identified in the articles by his first and middle name.
Prosecutors suggested in their letter that Nathan scheduled the hearing at about a month, as well as a schedule for lawyers to file brief details about the applicable law and the scope of the hearing.
“The Government respectfully submits that the investigation of any juror must be carried out exclusively under the supervision of the Court,” prosecutors wrote.
If the judge decides to hold a hearing, his staff should “immediately contact the juror to inform him” and inquire whether he would like to appoint a lawyer regarding this, prosecutors said.
Prospective jurors in Maxwell’s case were asked to fill out a questionnaire that asked: “Have you or a friend or family member ever been the victim of sexual assault, sexual abuse or sexual assault?”
Citing press reports, prosecutors said the juror insisted that he “flew” the questionnaire and did not remember whether he had been the victim of sexual abuse.
Defense lawyers did not respond to requests for comment. Prosecutors said in their letter that they reached out to defense counsel on Tuesday night but have not yet responded.
Epstein killed himself in prison in 2019 as he awaits a sex trafficking trial.
No sentencing date has been set after the conviction of 60-year-old Maxwell, and she still faces charges of perjury.
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