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Ghislaine Maxwell’s lawyers call timing of new charges ‘tactical gamesmanship’

Ghislaine Maxwell’s attorneys slammed federal prosecutors for submitting new charges in opposition to the disgraced socialite about three months earlier than her trial is slated to start, writing in a letter the transfer is “apparent tactical gamesmanship.” 

On Monday, Manhattan federal prosecutors slapped the accused madam with two new intercourse trafficking charges in a superseding indictment primarily based on a new sufferer’s allegations that Maxwell bought her to Jeffrey Epstein when she was 14 years previous. 

Late Wednesday, Maxwell’s attorneys griped concerning the new charges in a letter to US District Decide Alison Nathan. They stated the new raps “drastically change the main target of this case”— and argued bringing charges primarily based on proof that has lengthy been within the authorities’s possession “is stunning, unfair, and an abuse of energy.” 

“Counsel haven’t but decided whether or not to formally transfer for a continuance. This determination will not be a simple one. Ms. Maxwell and her lawyers have been diligently making ready for trial,” the letter states.

Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Audrey Strauss, speaks to the media at a press conference to announce the arrest of Ghislaine Maxwell, the longtime girlfriend and accused accomplice of deceased accused sex-trafficker Jeffrey Epstein back in July 2020.
Appearing United States Legal professional for the Southern District of New York, Audrey Strauss, speaks to the media at a press convention to announce the arrest of Ghislaine Maxwell, the longtime girlfriend and accused confederate of accused sex-trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, again in July 2020.
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“Nevertheless, the federal government’s continued refusal to supply essentially the most primary discovery – names of accusers – coupled with what quantities to a new indictment (after what was imagined to be the shut of discovery and the decision of very sophisticated authorized points) has successfully prevented trial preparation from transferring ahead in an orderly method,” the letter reads.

“Accordingly, we now have requested a possibility to check with authorities counsel with the aim of clarifying the need of transferring the trial date.” 

Maxwell’s attorneys additional stated the “late-breaking submitting” is impacting the accused intercourse trafficker’s constitutional rights. 

“The Courtroom is conscious of the extraordinary circumstances of Ms. Maxwell’s detention, its deleterious impact on her well being and well-being, and the reasonable concern whether or not she will probably be sturdy sufficient to face up to the stress of trial,” the attorneys wrote. 

Ghislaine Maxwell is still awaiting trial after sex trafficking charges were handed down on her last summer.
Ghislaine Maxwell continues to be awaiting trial after intercourse trafficking charges had been handed down on her final summer season.
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Citing transcripts from earlier hearings, the attorneys stated they had been underneath the impression that no superseding indictment could be filed and subsequently, made preparations for a July 12 trial date, which now will not be doable. 

“The timing means that the choice to supersede was prompted by the submitting of protection pretrial motions and authorities concern concerning the now-apparent weak point of its case. The federal government could also be entitled to supersede however not when its determination disrupts the schedule set by the Courtroom and relied on by Ms. Maxwell,” the letter reads. 

“This delay has a prejudicial impact on counsel’s readiness for trial and Ms. Maxwell’s extended detention.” 

The attorneys as soon as once more prodded Nathan to launch Maxwell to house confinement, a request they’ve made now 4 instances after regular rejections. 

“Ms. Maxwell is entitled to a good trial with efficient help of counsel. If counsel really feel that further time is required to ensure these constitutional rights, Ms. Maxwell will endure the consequence by her continued detention. The Courtroom has the ability – and, certainly, the discretion – to accommodate this constitutional conflict. Granting a continuance and releasing Ms. Maxwell on essentially the most restrictive situations of house detention,” the attorneys wrote. 

“Absolutely, the Courtroom can impose situations that ‘clip her wings’; and fulfill perceived flight issues with out maintaining Ms. Maxwell locked in a BOP cage.” 

Maxwell’s lawyers reiterated their request for an in-person arraignment and need witnesses to testify at her bail listening to, “concerning the purported power of the federal government’s case.” 

Prosecutors haven’t but filed a response.

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