The Ghislaine Maxwell jury did what the regulators failed to do in the Epstein plea agreement

The jury that convicted Ghislaine Maxwell in five out of six cases related to sex trafficking for her late ex-boyfriend, billionaire Jeffrey Epstein, is the latest example of the US jury system proving its worth – where the charges failed.

Recall that Epstein managed to enter into a dating agreement with federal prosecutors in 2008, after which he avoided federal charges of sexually abusing underage girls and pleaded guilty to state charges instead of a relatively short sentence.

Once the legal process was allowed to work and the facts were prepared before a jury, justice was deemed to be done.

As this author noted on Breitbart News recently:

If 2020 was the year of the riots, 2021 would be the year of the jury – the year in which Americans quietly and anonymously asserted the rule of law in the most direct way possible: by considering the facts and declaring guilt or innocence.

Juries had been under rhetorical and political scrutiny since the launch of the Black Lives Matter movement in 2013 and 2014, with activists furious that a Florida jury refused to convict George Zimmerman for the murder of Trayvon Martin, and a grand jury in Missouri refused to prosecute Police Officer Darren Wilson for Michael Brown’s death – as it turned out he was not shot in the back when he raised his hands in surrender, but rather when he attacked Wilson for the second time.

Summary: The year featured several jury trials, the result of which, although at times controversial and surprising, was generally accepted by all but left-wing activists, who had targeted the jury system for years. And in the end, even [Al] The Sharptons of the world found reason in some cases to be convinced that justice had been done.

Through all the political unrest of the last few years, this peculiar feature of the American system of government has proved its lasting value. Long must it continue.

There are those who claim, as Maxwell’s defense attorneys did, that she was largely prosecuted as an attorney for Epstein, who died in custody in 2019 following his re-arrest. However, the jury seems to have focused on the facts: Instead of simply handing down a guilty verdict on all charges, it acquitted her on one of them, suggesting that it was involved in careful deliberation.

Few praise the accusers, who appear to have omitted witnesses and information, which has given rise to accusations that the trial was used as a cover-up. And the judge has left much on the case under seal and kept many of Epstein’s secrets hidden.

Yet as 2021 draws to a close, Americans can take heart that the jury system, though flawed, is working well, against the odds.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and hosts Breitbart News Sunday at the Sirius XM Patriot Sunday night from 7pm to 10pm ET (4pm to 7pm PT). He is the author of the latest e-book, Neither free nor fair: The 2020 US presidential election. His latest book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential election from a conservative perspective. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

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