Ghislaine Maxwell‘s lawyers have cited a non-prosecution agreement similar to one obtained by Bill Cosby in seeking to drop the sex trafficking case against the British socialite and associate of Jeffrey Epstein’s.
Cosby, 83, was released from prison Wednesday after serving more than two years of a three-to-10-year sentence on a 2018 conviction for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman in 2004. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned the conviction, basing the decision on the grounds that Cosby had an agreement with a previous prosecutor that he wouldn’t be charged in the case.
Late Friday, lawyers for Maxwell, 59, argued in a letter to U.S. District Court Judge Alison Nathan that her case should also be dropped since she had a similar NPA and is “in a similar situation” as Cosby, they added.
“The government is trying to renege on its agreement and prosecute Ms. Maxwell over 25 years later for the exact same offenses for which she was granted immunity in the NPA,” the attorneys wrote. Maxwell, a self-described “confidante” of financier Jeffrey Epstein, allegedly recruited underage girls for a sex trafficking network he ran from about 1997 to 2004. Epstein, 66, was found dead in August 2019 of a suspected suicide in his prison cell where he was being held on sex trafficking charges.
Ghislaine Maxwell cannot suppress evidence the government obtained from a grand jury subpoena of records from her civil litigation with Virginia Giuffre, a federal judge ruled in her criminal case. pic.twitter.com/KPSIZW3fEp
— Adam Klasfeld (@KlasfeldReports) July 1, 2021
Already facing six counts of participating in Epstein’s sex trafficking network, Maxwell was hit with two new charges in March lengthening the duration of the alleged conspiracy due to the involvement of an additional alleged victim.
Just two days later—
"Ghislaine Maxwell's Lawyers Cite Bill Cosby's Victory, Claiming Her Case Presents a 'Similar Situation'"
My latest, @lawcrimenews.
— Adam Klasfeld (@KlasfeldReports) July 2, 2021
Maxwell has pleaded not guilty to all charges. If convicted, she could face up to 80 years in prison.