Ghislaine Maxwell on September 20, 2013 in New York City.
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Convicted sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell was sentenced Tuesday 20 years in prison for recruiting and grooming teenage girls was sexually abused by Jeffrey Epstein.
Maxwell, 60, a British socialist, was given a lighter sentence of 30 to 55 years. federal prosecutors searched for the “instrumental role in the horrific sexual abuse of numerous teenage girls.”
Maxwell is the daughter of a millionaire the late Baron Robert Maxwell.
Prosecutors sought the maximum allowable fine of $750,000.
Annie Farmer, the only one among Four people denounced Maxwell Farmer’s attorney, Sigrid McCawley, said he would testify under his full name during the trial, expected to speak in court along with several other women once the verdict is announced.
Sentencing closes a chapter in the famous story of Epstein, a once powerful financier whose friends and contacts include powerful men from former presidents. Donald Trump and Bill Clinton arrived Britain’s Prince Andrew – and who escaped justice by hanged himself in 2019 in a Manhattan federal prison cell while he awaits trial on sex trafficking charges.
Maxwell sentenced in December of five federal sex-trafficking charges following a three-week trial in which defense attorneys tried and failed to convince a jury that the primary reason prosecutors were pursuing her that they can’t track Epstein anymore.
Prosecutors wrote in a sentencing affidavit filed last week in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York that Maxwell enjoyed “a life of luxury and special privileges” while she engaged in a “disturbing deal” with Epstein.
Prosecutors added: “Instead of showing a sign of accepting responsibility, the defendant made a desperate attempt to place the blame wherever else possible.
Her attempts to “provoke the Government for prosecuting her and claiming that she is responsible for Epstein’s crimes are both absurd and offensive,” they wrote in response to the claims. statements made by Maxwell’s attorneys at the trial and in the bail application, a sentencing memorandum and other subsequent documents.
Maxwell has been behind bars ever since she arrested in July 2020.
Her attorneys filed a formal request for a retrial in January after they raised concerns about the possibility of jury failure revealed that he was sexually abused as a child.
After she baked the jury, U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan refuse request.
“His failure to disclose his previous sexual abuse during the jury selection process is regrettable, but not intentional,” Nathan wrote.
Nathan said jurors had no prejudice against Maxwell and could serve fairly.
Then, on Saturday, Maxwell’s attorney, Bobbi Sternheim, reported in a letter to Nathan that her client, who has been on a suicide watch since her arrest nearly two years ago, had been disqualified. from the general population at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Brooklyn.
Sternheim said Maxwell was put in solitary confinement on Friday “without justification” and boldly asserted that she “did not commit suicide.”
“If Ms. Maxwell remains on a suicide watch, is barred from reviewing legal documents prior to sentencing, has insomnia and is denied sufficient time to meet and speak with an attorney, we will formally postponed on Monday for adjournment,” Sternheim wrote.
Maxwell also tried to plead for leniency by claiming that she had a positive influence on other prisoners by offer to teach them yoga.