US Judge Alison J. Nathan refused to order a new trial weeks after questioning the juror under oath in a New York courtroom about why he had withheld his personal history as a survivor of abuse on a questionnaire during the jury selection process.
The juror said he had ‘scanned too quickly’ through the questionnaire and intentionally did not give the wrong answer to a question about sexual abuse.
“I didn’t lie to be on this jury,” he said.
In his opinion, Nathan said the juror’s failure to disclose his past sexual abuse during the jury selection process was very regrettable, but not deliberate.
The judge also concluded that the juror “had no bias against the defendant and could serve as a fair and impartial juror”.
Maxwell’s lawyers had said they potentially could have objected to the man’s presence on the jury on the grounds that he might not be fair to someone charged with a similar crime.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office declined to comment. Messages were left for Maxwell’s attorneys.