If Harvey Weinstein and Invoice Cosby might be launched on bail whereas awaiting trial for intercourse abuse expenses, Ghislaine Maxwell deserves the identical therapy, her attorneys argued in a brand new court docket submitting Thursday.
Attorneys for the accused Jeffrey Epstein madam filed a movement with the Second Circuit Court docket of Appeals requesting it overturn a decrease court docket’s resolution to reject Maxwell’s request for bail 3 times — and deal with her the identical method as “rich males.”
“The reality is that rich males charged with comparable or extra severe offenses, a lot of whom have overseas ties, are routinely granted bail in order that they’ll successfully put together for trial. Bernie Madoff. Harvey Weinstein. Invoice Cosby. John Gotti. Marc Dreier. Dominique Strauss-Kahn. Ali Sadr. Adnan Khashoggi. Mahender Sabhnani. The listing goes on and on,” lawyer David Oscar Markus argued within the movement for pretrial launch.
“In every case, the court docket set cheap situations of bond and the defendants appeared, regardless of comparable arguments by the federal government that the defendant confronted severe expenses or that the proof was sturdy or that he had overseas ties or that he had nice wealth. Ms. Maxwell is entitled to the identical alternative as male defendants to arrange her protection.”
Maxwell, 59, has been locked up for “over 280 days” in “nightmarish,” “jaw-droppingly appalling situations” which can be extra “becoming for Hannibal Lecter” and she should be instantly launched so she can adequately put together for trial earlier than she deteriorates past restore, her attorneys argue.
They declare guards wake her up each 15 minutes by shining lights “instantly into her small cell” and topic her to the fixed glare of neon lights and intrusive searches — “together with having fingers compelled into her mouth in a squalid facility the place COVID has run rampant.”
“These situations would help a criticism for merciless and strange punishment for a convicted felon. Ms. Maxwell is just not one. She is harmless until and till she is confirmed responsible past an inexpensive doubt — an occasion which is extremely unlikely given the dearth of proof towards her,” the movement reads.
Attorneys for the disgraced British socialite, the daughter of a billionaire newspaper tycoon, additionally complained that the water on the Metropolitan Detention Heart in Brooklyn is “typically cloudy and isn’t drinkable” and her meals was microwaved with a plastic masking, rendering it “inedible.”
“She is on suicide look ahead to no motive. She continues to shed weight, her hair, and her potential to pay attention,” the movement states.
Maxwell’s attorneys argue she is unable to adequately put together for trial and evaluate over 2.5 million prosecution pages as a result of she solely has entry to a “gutted laptop, which doesn’t have the power to look, edit, or print.”
They additional argue the case towards Maxwell is “palpably weak,” consisting of “nameless, untested rumour accusations” that solely surfaced when Manhattan federal prosecutors wanted a “scapegoat” after Epstein died in federal custody.
On Monday, Maxwell was hit with two new intercourse trafficking expenses primarily based on a fourth girl’s allegations that Maxwell recruited her for Epstein when she was simply 14 years outdated.
Maxwell’s attorneys argued in a submitting Wednesday that the timing of the brand new expenses was “tactical gamesmanship” and will result in a delay in trial, at present set for July 12.
The appeals court docket has but to challenge a ruling on the movement.
Maxwell has denied any wrongdoing.