Ghislaine Maxwell files for retrial in sex abuse case
Ghislaine Maxwell’s lawyers have officially requested a retrial, weeks after she was convicted on sexual abuse charges.
The 60-year-old was found guilty of recruiting and trafficking young girls to be sexually abused by the late Jeffrey Epstein between 1994 and 2004.
She has yet to be sentenced and faces up to 65 years in jail.
The retrial request comes after a juror in the case told media that he used his own experience of being sexually abused to influence jurors when reaching a verdict.
In Wednesday’s court filing in New York, one of Maxwell’s lawyers asked for it to remain publicly released until the court rules on “submissions pertaining to Juror 50”.
Maxwell was found guilty on five of the six counts she faced, including sex trafficking a minor.
The court heard how she was “dangerous” and Epstein’s “partner in crime” before she was found guilty in December 2021.
Her jail term will be decided by US District Judge Alison Nathan, who has not yet set a sentencing date.
Judge Nathan will be waiting to receive a pre-sentence report which will be compiled by an impartial investigator.
They will look into aspects such as Maxwell’s background, family, education and employment history to determine if any of these should influence the severity or leniency of the sentence.
Maxwell was found guilty of:
- sex trafficking of a minor
- transporting a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity
- conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity
- conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of minors
- conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts
She was found not guilty of one count – enticement of a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts.
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