Jury deliberations in Maxwell’s intercourse trafficking trial may run by means of the New 12 months’s holidays, US choose warns.
Jurors in america have requested for transcripts of the testimony of 5 witnesses on the intercourse crimes trial of British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, because the choose prompt they work by means of the New 12 months’s holidays if wanted.
Maxwell, 60, is accused of recruiting and grooming teenage women to have sexual encounters with the late financier Jeffrey Epstein between 1994 and 2004.
The jury requested clarification from the choose on Wednesday concerning their schedule for deliberating for the rest of this week.
Choose Alison Nathan advised them they need to convene every single day till a verdict is reached – together with New 12 months’s Day on Saturday, in addition to on Sunday – until they’ve “unmovable commitments”.
The query about holidays, and requests to overview testimony, had been the newest indicators that the jury was not near a verdict because it started its fifth full day of deliberations.
Choose Nathan on Tuesday warned of an rising threat of a mistrial as a result of speedy unfold of the Omicron COVID-19 variant in New York. She cited fears of the virus spreading amongst jurors and trial individuals, which may trigger a “substantial delay” to proceedings.
Throughout a three-week trial, jurors heard from 4 girls who mentioned Maxwell was central to facilitating their abuse by Epstein, Maxwell’s former boyfriend and employer.
Her lawyers have argued she is being scapegoated for Epstein’s behaviour since he’s now not alive. Epstein killed himself in a Manhattan federal jail in August 2019 as he awaited his personal intercourse trafficking trial.
Maxwell has pleaded not guilty to 6 counts of intercourse trafficking and different crimes.
Her legal professionals argued that the ladies’s recollections had been corrupted within the many years for the reason that abuse allegedly occurred, and known as to the stand Elizabeth Loftus, a psychology professor on the College of California, Irvine.
Loftus told the jury about experiments through which she and colleagues had efficiently planted false recollections in examine individuals’ minds.
“Even traumatic experiences may be subjected to post-event suggestion,” Loftus mentioned. “False recollections … may be very vivid, detailed. Individuals may be assured about them, individuals may be emotional about them, despite the fact that they’re false.”
Loftus has been an knowledgeable witness or marketing consultant for the defence in tons of of trials, together with these of OJ Simpson and Harvey Weinstein.
Jurors additionally requested for the testimony of three different defence witnesses: Maxwell’s former govt assistant, Cimberly Espinosa, and two FBI brokers, Amanda Younger and Jason Richards.
The opposite transcript requested was that of a prosecution witness, Shawn, a former boyfriend of one in all Maxwell’s accusers, a lady who was recognized in court docket solely as “Carolyn”.
Maxwell, 60, was arrested in July 2020. Deemed a flight threat, she has been held with out bail ever since.
Choose Nathan has repeatedly rejected bail attempts, together with a $28.5m package deal that might have required Maxwell to undergo 24-hour armed guards at her residence to make sure her look in court docket.