Prosecutors in Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex trafficking case ask for a spring sentencing date – but defense attorneys for the sentenced lady want to wait until they know for sure whether she will face another trial .
The disagreement between the two sides was highlighted in a letter to Manhattan Federal Judge Alison Nathan on Monday.
The memo also included a surprise update from prosecutors, who said they were prepared to dismiss two perjury charges against Maxwell if his request for a new trial failed.
“In the event that the accused’s post-trial motions are denied, the government is prepared to dismiss the separate perjury charges at the time of sentencing, in light of the important interests of victims in bringing this to a close. case and avoid the trauma of testifying again. “, wrote the prosecutors.
A perjury lawsuit against Maxwell seemed to be on the horizon – as last week the judge asked prosecutors and the defense to submit a draft timeline for the case.
Maxwell faces two counts of allegedly lying under oath in an affidavit she gave in 2016 in a libel case brought against her by Jeffrey Epstein’s accuser Virginia Roberts Giuffre in the Southern District of New York.
Maxwell, 60, was convicted late last month of sex trafficking and other charges for luring and treating underage girls for her longtime companion, Jeffrey Epstein, for abuse between 1994 and 2004.
However, the disgraced socialite’s conviction was thrown into chaos last week after a juror revealed to multiple media outlets that he was a survivor of childhood sexual abuse.
The juror claimed he was not asked about his history of sexual abuse during the jury selection process. But potential jurors were actually asked multiple questions about their past experiences of sexual abuse and were warned that their answers could be factored into determining their ability to be impartial.
The juror who spoke to Reuters, identified by first and middle name Scotty David, said he had “skimmed” the questionnaire, but was sure he had answered the question honestly.
The revelations prompted Maxwell’s attorneys to request a new trial and prosecutors called for a jury inquiry.
Prosecutors have called for Maxwell to be sentenced in three to four months, but the defense objected to setting a timetable, arguing that there is a “compelling basis” to overturn his conviction.
Maxwell faces up to 65 years in prison on his conviction.
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