Ghislaine Maxwell trial meanwhile is without a verdict. The Jury deliberates in extended hours due to fear of omicrón. The number of positive covid cases in New York City has increased alarmingly. As of this publication, a unanimous verdict has not been achieved.
by Maibort Petit
Freedom Voice Reporting
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2021
Concerns about a Ghislaine Maxwell trial annulment due to the increase in COVID cases in New York forced Judge Alison Nathan to instruct jurors to conduct deliberations at an extended hour of overtime and with the requirement that they must work to reach a verdict, including on New Years weekend.
The authorities of the city of New York reported this Tuesday that there are 128 thousand positive cases of the omicron variant of COVID-19 in the last 5 days. On alarm, Judge Nathan said she was concerned the pandemic could cause a mistrial in Maxwell's case if jurors or participants had to self-quarantine.
Ghislaine Maxwell is accused by the United States government of crimes of abuse and sex trafficking of minors in relation to the Jeffrey Epstein case.
Nathan warned jurors to sit down every day until a verdict is reached due to the surge in Omicron cases.
Judge Nathan had also requested that the jurors stay until 6 p.m. every day, but the jurors rejected the request and asked to meet only until 5 p.m., which was accepted by the magistrate.
The court maintains a COVID-19 protocol that includes the use of N-95 and KN-95 masks and social distancing.
Nathan explained that everyone who goes to court must comply with measures to ensure that the trial is not annulled in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak among jurors and the rest of the trial participants.
The judge also reversed the order she gave last week, which stipulated that jurors would not have to deliberate on Thursday and Friday due to the New Year holidays, but this Tuesday she put severe pressure on the jury, noting that deliberations could be included. weekend if no verdict was reached by then.
Jurors began deliberating on Ghislaine Maxwell's future on December 21.
Prosecutors have accused Maxwell and the late millionaire Jeffrey Epstein of trafficking and sexually abusing minors. The accusations focus on events that occurred between 1997 and 2004 when the accusers were 14 years old and 17 others.
Maxwell has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The trial of the British socialite lasted three weeks.
Prosecutors called 24 witnesses in 10 days, including the four victims listed in the indictment against Maxwell, who were just 14 years old when Epstein sexually abused them. Two accusers testified under the pseudonyms "Jane" and "Kate"; a third, Carolyn, used her first name; and the last, Annie Farmer, was identified by her full name. The women described Maxwell as the main accomplice of the financier who recruited them into his teenage sexual circle, groomed them and facilitated abuse in their homes around the world. Prosecutors worked on the narrative of the sentimental relationship and complicity that Epstein (who committed suicide in prison in 2019) and Maxwell had, which highlighted the luxury and alleged abuse of minors who came from broken homes or whose families had economic problems. They also highlighted the alleged code of silence imposed on their employees. The defense for its part has warned that prosecutors are accusing Maxwell of Epstein's alleged crimes and that the British socialite is a government scapegoat who cannot criminally prosecute Epstein because he committed suicide in prison. It has also maintained that the four women who accuse Maxwell did not mention his name when FBI agents interviewed them for hours in 2007. The defense maintains that the trial is based on false testimonies, lies and that the prosecution has no evidence to prove more beyond a reasonable doubt the guilt of the accused. If found guilty of all six charges, Maxwell faces a maximum sentence of 70 years in prison.
Why this report is important....
This report will be one of many. With our southern borders open, sex and human trafficking are a real concern. Of course none of those situations will get the attention and media of this sensational case.
We must speak up for the most vulnerable, our children.....
About the Author
Maibort Petit is a Venezuelan writer, researcher and political scientist specialized in Transnational Organized Crime. Based in New York, she works for various Hispanic media outlets and as a consultant for various firms in New York and Washington DC.
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