A federal judge in New York has denied a request by Ghislaine Maxwell for a new trial three months after she was found guilty of sex trafficking charges by a jury that included one juror who later revealed he was a victim of sexual abuse. U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan ruled Friday that “Juror 50” showed no bias during Maxwell’s trial late last year. The British socialite’s lawyer argued that the juror’s failure to disclose his history of being sexually abused as a child resulted in her having a “biased” jury.
The jury had found Maxwell guilty on December 29, 2021, on five of six counts related to a sex trafficking scheme in which she was accused of procuring young girls to be sexually abused by her then-boyfriend, the late financier Jeffrey Epstein.
Originally identified as “Juror 50,” and later asked to be identified by his first and middle names, Scotty David was earlier given immunity from prosecution and testified in court about why he didn’t disclose that information on his juror questionnaire. “The court concludes that Juror 50 testified credibly and truthfully at the post-trial hearing,” Nathan wrote in her order. “His failure to disclose his prior sexual abuse during the jury selection process was highly unfortunate, but not deliberate.”
A U.S. judge upheld Ghislaine Maxwell's sex-trafficking conviction, saying a juror's failure to disclose his sexual-abuse history did not affect the verdict https://t.co/sEafA99Hai pic.twitter.com/OgDhapGk4S
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Judge Nathan also said in her ruling that the jury system “doesn’t prevent people with experiences similar to those involved in a case from serving on a jury”.
Ghislaine Maxwell will have to spend her time behind bars after her conviction was upheld, all I’m saying is to make sure Bill Barr doesn’t visit her. Jeffrey Epstein took his secrets to the grave, and I’m sure Donald Trump wants her to do the same. pic.twitter.com/aCvwClp0ndSee Also
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Ghislaine Maxwell’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for June 28th. She faces up to 65 years in prison.