By Luc Cohen
NEW YORK (Reuters) -Ghislaine Maxwell on Friday misplaced her bid to overturn her U.S. intercourse trafficking conviction, even after a juror acknowledged having falsely said earlier than the trial that he had not been sexually abused.
U.S. Circuit Decide Alison Nathan stated the juror, a person identified in court docket papers as Juror 50, testified honestly at a listening to final month, after Maxwell’s attorneys stated his false solutions on a pretrial questionnaire justified granting a brand new trial.
“His failure to reveal his prior sexual abuse through the jury choice course of was extremely unlucky, however not deliberate,” Nathan wrote. “The court docket additional concludes that Juror 50 harbored no bias towards the defendant and will function a good and neutral juror.”
“Juror 50 doesn’t contemplate himself a sufferer and doesn’t let his previous outline him,” Todd Spodek, the juror’s lawyer, stated in a press release. “He listened to the proof and was honest and neutral. That is what justice requires, no more.”
Legal professionals for Maxwell didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.
Maxwell, 60, was convicted in December of serving to the late financier and convicted intercourse offender Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse teenage ladies.
She had pleaded not responsible, saying she was being scapegoated for Epstein’s crimes as a result of he was now not alive. Her sentencing is scheduled for June 28.
Epstein killed himself in a Manhattan jail cell in 2019 at age 66 whereas awaiting trial on intercourse trafficking costs.
Maxwell’s trial represented a reckoning that Epstein, a globetrotting investor who counted elite politicians and enterprise leaders amongst his social companions, by no means had.
It was additionally one of many highest-profile circumstances within the wake of the #MeToo motion, which inspired ladies to talk out about sexual abuse by well-known and highly effective folks.
Maxwell faces as much as 65 years in jail after being discovered responsible on 5 of the six counts she confronted. Her attorneys have vowed to attraction the decision.
NO DELIBERATE LIE
Juror 50 had checked “no” when requested in a pretrial screening questionnaire whether or not he had been a sufferer of sexual abuse.
However after the trial ended he stated in media interviews that he had throughout jury deliberations mentioned having been sexually abused as a baby, and informed Reuters he didn’t recall being requested about it on the questionnaire.
Juror 50, who recognized himself by his first and center names Scotty David, stated he did this for example how Maxwell’s accusers’ recollections might not have been good.
At a March 8 listening to, he stated he rushed by the questionnaire, made a mistake in saying he had not been a sexual abuse sufferer and didn’t intentionally mislead get on the panel.
Maxwell’s attorneys stated they’d have struck the juror from the panel if he had answered truthfully, and contended that his false assertion denied Maxwell her proper to a good trial.
However Nathan stated she had as soon as overseen a homicide trial the place a juror who had a member of the family who was murdered was allowed on the panel.
The decide was elevated this week to the federal appeals court docket in Manhattan, however has retained jurisdiction over Maxwell’s case.
At Maxwell’s trial in November and December, 4 ladies testified that the daughter of British media baron Robert Maxwell recruited and groomed them after they have been youngsters to be abused by Epstein between 1994 and 2004.
Maxwell’s attorneys sought to undermine her accusers by claiming they have been motivated by cash to implicate Maxwell and that their recollections have been flawed.
Decide Nathan additionally rejected a request by Maxwell’s attorneys earlier on Friday to delay her determination on their bid for a brand new trial till after the Paramount+ streaming service aired a documentary about Maxwell during which Juror 50 was interviewed.