Ghislaine Maxwell prosecutors will drop perjury charges if there's no retrial in sex trafficking case
By SEAMLESS DAILY
13 January 2022
In a letter to US District Judge Alison Nathan on Monday night, prosecutors said dropping the perjury counts would reflect the victims' "significant interests in bringing closure to this matter and avoiding the trauma of testifying again".
maxwell lied about her knowledge of epstein's behaviour in a separate civil lawsuit in 2016.
each charge carries a maximum five-year prison term.
They also asked the Manhattan judge to sentence Maxwell within about three to four months.
Judge Nathan decided last April to try them in a separate trial.
The judge gave Maxwell's lawyers until 19 January to formally explain why the conviction should be overturned.
Prosecutors have until 2 February to respond.
Prosecutors are prepared to dismiss two perjury charges against Ghislaine Maxwell if she is not granted a retrial in her sex-trafficking case.
Maxwell, 60, faces up to 65 years in prison after she was convicted last month of recruiting and grooming four young girls for Jeffrey Epstein to abuse between 1994 and 2004.
Last week, the defense seized on reports in the British media saying a juror had revealed to other jurors during weeklong deliberations that he was sexually abused as a child in trying to persuade them that Maxwell should be found guilty.
But Maxwell's lawyers have urged the US court to "grant her a new trial", saying that there was a “ compelling basis ” to overturn her conviction after two jurors revealed they had been victims of sexual abuse.
Maxwell should not be required to participate in the preparation of a presentence report as it would adversely her Fifth Amendment rights, they said.
"Ms Maxwell will be forced into the position of not cooperating with the Probation Department's investigation because any statement she makes to Probation, and any documents she provides, may be used against her at her retrial," the defence statement argued.
Epstein, 66, took his own life at a Manhattan jail in August 2019 as he awaited a trial on sex trafficking charges.
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