Judge denies Ghislaine Maxwell’s request to overturn conviction – Connect FM | Local news radio

(NEW YORK) – A federal judge in New York denied Ghislaine Maxwell’s request to overturn her sex trafficking convictions for lack of evidence, but agreed with the defense that some of the counts were repetitive, slashing the count by 10. number of years in prison Maxwell faces. when she is sentenced next month.

Judge Alison Nathan ruled Friday, April 29 that “the jury’s guilty verdicts were readily supported by the extensive testimony and documentary evidence admitted at trial.”

Maxwell, 60, was convicted of five counts: sex trafficking of a minor, transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity and three related counts of conspiracy.

The judge agreed with the defense that the conspiracy counts were “multiple” because they charged the same offence.

“The overall conspiracy – which, as the government argued and proved at trial, used a single ‘playbook’ to groom and sexually abuse underage girls – constitutes a single conspiracy offense with multiple victims,” the court says. decision.

Maxwell is expected to be sentenced on June 28.

“This legal conclusion in no way calls into question the factual findings made by the jury. Rather, it underscores that the jury found unanimously – three times – that the defendant is guilty of conspiring with Epstein to lure, transport and traffic underage girls for the purpose of sexual abuse,” the decision reads.

The conclusion, however, reduces the maximum possible prison sentence by 10 years. Maxwell could be sentenced to 55 years in prison.

Nathan had previously rejected Maxwell’s offer for a new trial based on a juror’s revelation during deliberations that he had been sexually abused as a child. The juror failed to make the disclosure during a pre-trial questionnaire.

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