A judge has upheld Ghislaine Maxwell’s verdict on sex trafficking and denied her a new trial.
Maxwell, 60, was convicted in December of dealing with girls for being abused by the disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein.
Following the conviction, Maxwell’s legal team requested a new trial because one of the jurors before the trial erroneously stated that he had never been sexually abused.
Potential jurors are asked a series of questions prior to the trial to verify that they have no experience or opinions that could lead to bias during the trial. Maxwell’s lawyers argued the fact that the juries had been abused meant that he could not be impartial.
Asked during a prior screening whether he had been sexually abused, the juries, identified only as Scotty David, put “no”. But in post-trial TV interviews, he admitted he had been.
The jury said it was an “unintentional mistake” and said he “flew through” the document and was “super distracted” by everything going on in the jury room.
Scotty David, known as Juror 50, said it was “one of the biggest mistakes I’ve ever made in my life”.
ONE another jury member had also revealed sexual abuse after the trial.
On Friday, U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan found that Scotty David had testified “credibly and truthfully” during a hearing last month about Maxwell’s attempt to get a new trial.
“His failure to disclose his previous sexual abuse during the jury selection process was extremely unfortunate, but not intentional,” the judge said.
“The court further concludes that juries 50 did not harbor any bias towards the defendant and could serve as a fair and impartial jury.”
Maxwell faces up to 65 years in prison and was expected to appeal his sentence, which followed a month-long trial. No date has been set for the sentencing.
Epstein, 66, took his own life in a prison in Manhattan in August 2019 while awaiting a trial on charges of sex trafficking.