Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell attend Batman Ceaselessly/R. McDonald Occasion on June 13, 1995 in New York Metropolis.
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Ghislaine Maxwell and federal prosecutors have briefly teamed as much as ask a decide to maintain a proposed questionnaire for potential jurors sealed from public view earlier than Maxwell’s upcoming trial.
Maxwell is the British socialite accused of appearing as a procurer of underage women to be sexually abused by her good friend Jeffrey Epstein.
Prosecutors, in a letter to the decide filed in court docket late Tuesday night, mentioned Maxwell’s attorneys need the written questionnaire and proposed collection of oral questions for would-be jurors saved secret “to keep away from media protection that will prejudice the jury choice course of.”
“The Authorities consents to the protection’s request,” prosecutors from the U.S. Legal professional’s Workplace for the Southern District of New York wrote to Manhattan federal Decide Alison Nathan, who is because of preside over Maxwell’s trial subsequent month.
In the identical letter, prosecutors famous that the submission of proposed jury questions contains notations of objections Maxwell’s attorneys and prosecutors have with specific questions advised by both occasion.
Jury questionnaires as a rule embody queries about whether or not a possible juror has prior information of a prison case, from information articles or different sources, whether or not they know individuals related to the case, and whether or not they or individuals they know have been victims of crimes.
Nicholas Biase, a spokesman for the prosecutors’ workplace, declined to touch upon the letter. A lawyer for Maxwell didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell seems throughout her arraignment listening to on a brand new indictment at Manhattan Federal Courtroom in New York, April 23, 2021, on this courtroom sketch.
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She has pleaded not responsible within the case, and has been held with out bail in a Brooklyn federal jail since final 12 months pending trial. Her trial subsequent month will deal solely with the sex-related prices. She might be tried at a later date for the perjury case.
In one other letter to Nathan filed Tuesday, prosecutors mentioned their “conservative” estimate is that they are going to relaxation their case in opposition to Maxwell inside 4 weeks from the beginning of the trial subsequent month, however that they might relaxation “as early because the third week of trial” offered that cross-examination of witnesses by protection attorneys will not be overly lengthy.
Maxwell’s attorneys, based on the identical letter, estimate their case will final about two weeks. However that might change after protection attorneys evaluate the prosecutors’ witness and exhibit lists.
Each side are asking Nathan to seat jurors for the trial who can be found “past the Christmas vacation,” the letter mentioned.