A US decide on Friday upheld Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex-trafficking conviction, regardless of a juror’s acknowledgment that he had falsely said earlier than the trial he had not been sexually abused.
Maxwell (60) had been convicted in December of serving to the late financier and convicted intercourse offender Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse teenage ladies.
The British socialite requested a brand new trial in January after one among her 12 jurors stated in media interviews he had been sexually abused as a baby.
Asked in a pretrial screening questionnaire whether or not he had been a sufferer of sexual abuse, the juror checked “no”.
Maxwell’s attorneys would have struck the juror from the panel if he had answered actually, and stated his false assertion denied Maxwell her proper to a good trial.
Prosecutors contended that Maxwell couldn’t present the juror, recognized in courtroom papers as Juror No 50, was biased, after he stated throughout jury choice he could be honest and neutral and resolve the case primarily based on the proof.
In her resolution on Friday, US Circuit Judge Alison Nathan stated the juror, known as Juror 50 in courtroom papers, testified in truth at a listening to final month over Maxwell’s request for a brand new trial.
“His failure to disclose his prior sexual abuse during the jury selection process was highly unfortunate, but not deliberate,” the decide wrote. “The court further concludes that Juror 50 harboured no bias toward the defendant and could serve as a fair and impartial juror.”
Maxwell’s attorneys have vowed to enchantment the responsible verdict. – Reuters