Ghislaine Maxwell’s legal team has requested a retrial following suggestions that a jury may not have revealed its past experiences of sexual abuse.
The British socialite was convicted of caring for girls whom Jeffrey Epstein could abuse, but the bombing was quickly thrown into chaos.
Judge Scotty David told the news media that he had shared his own experiences as a survivor of the assault during the deliberations.
A questionnaire from the jury asked the candidates during the selection to reveal whether they had previously been victims of sexual assault, raising the prospect that David’s story had not been revealed.
A retrial would mean the victims would have to testify again, which prosecutors had previously said would be traumatic.
It’s coming, as David recently told a British documentary Ghislaine, Prince Andrew and the pedophile the trial also left its mark on the jury.
He told ITV: “It was emotional. There were tears. Because this is someone’s life at stake.
“And the prosecution had to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Ghislaine Maxwell was guilty of these crimes. And we all felt comfortable, but the emotional strain it took on all of us after spending a week combing everyone the evidence, was all the testimony again., it was brutal.
“I looked at her all the time because I felt like I wanted to see what her reaction would be.
“She looked ahead and didn’t really look around and there was no emotion. It was like a rock.”
During the trial, the victims described how Maxwell played a key role in Epstein’s abuse of them and normalized his behavior.
Ian Maxwell, the Socialist’s brother, broke down when he told the ITV documentary: “I’m just damn angry. And I can not see how anyone, anyone watching this, can not feel that way.
“It’s just wrong. I’ve spent a lot of my time like my brothers and sisters helping Ghislaine.
“We believe in her. We love her and we hope she gets the justice she does
certainly deserves. “
A letter from Maxwell’s lawyer Bobbi Sternheim read: “Today, Ghislaine Maxwell’s lawyer has submitted her proposal for a new trial and accompanying exhibitions under seal.
“For the reasons set forth in the proposal, we request that all submissions regarding Judgment No. 50 remain under seal until the court decides on the proposal.”
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