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World Appeals court delays release of Ghislaine Maxwell deposition

02:28  01 august  2020
02:28  01 august  2020 Source:   aljazeera.com

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Friday temporarily delayed the release of a 2016 deposition about Ghislaine Maxwell ’s sex life, after she argued it could destroy her ability to get a fair trial against criminal charges she aided the late financier Jeffrey Epstein’s sexual abuse of girls.

An appeals court in the United States on Friday temporarily delayed the release of a 2016 deposition about Ghislaine Maxwell 's sex life, after she argued it could destroy her ability to get a fair trial against criminal charges she aided the late financier Jeffrey Epstein's sexual abuse of girls.

a screen shot of Jeffrey Epstein, Ghislaine Maxwell posing for a picture: Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested on July 2 and has been held in a Brooklyn, New York jail after a judge denied bail, calling her a flight risk [File: Lucas Jackson/Reuters] © [File: Lucas Jackson/Reuters] Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested on July 2 and has been held in a Brooklyn, New York jail after a judge denied bail, calling her a flight risk [File: Lucas Jackson/Reuters]

An appeals court in the United States on Friday temporarily delayed the release of a 2016 deposition about Ghislaine Maxwell's sex life, after she argued it could destroy her ability to get a fair trial against criminal charges she aided the late financier Jeffrey Epstein's sexual abuse of girls.

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US District Judge Loretta Preska denied Ghislaine Maxwell 's request to block the release of depositions from a 2016 civil lawsuit Wednesday but delayed the unsealing until Monday Unless an appeals court rules against it, the deposition and documents relating to it will be unsealed on Monday.

FILE PHOTO: Ghislaine Maxwell appears via video link during her arraignment hearing where she was The depositions came from a now-closed civil defamation lawsuit against Maxwell by one of Maxwell filed a notice of appeal less than an hour after Preska ruled. She faces a Thursday deadline

The 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals issued the order after last-ditch scrambles by Maxwell to keep potentially embarrassing information, which her lawyer said could make it "difficult if not impossible" to find an impartial jury, out of the public eye.

Maxwell's appeal will be heard on an expedited basis, with oral argument scheduled for September 22.

Her deposition had been taken in April 2016 for a now-settled civil defamation lawsuit against the British socialite by Virginia Giuffre, who had accused Epstein of having kept her as a "sex slave" with Maxwell's assistance.

Dozens of other documents from that case were released late on Thursday, after the presiding judge concluded that the public had a right to see them.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Ghislaine Maxwell , the longtime associate of Jeffrey Epstein, on Thursday urged a U.S. appeals court to block the release of The deposition is scheduled for release on Aug. 3, unless the appeals court orders a delay or further arguments. Maxwell , 58, has pleaded not guilty

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Ghislaine Maxwell , the longtime associate of Jeffrey Epstein, on Thursday urged a U.S. appeals court to block the release of a deposition about her sex life, saying it could destroy her ability to get a fair trial against criminal charges she aided the late financier's sexual abuse

The release of Maxwell's deposition had been scheduled for Monday, pending the outcome of the appeal.

Maxwell, 58, has pleaded not guilty to helping Epstein recruit and eventually abuse three girls from 1994 to 1997, and committing perjury by denying her involvement under oath.

She was arrested on July 2 and has been held in a Brooklyn jail after a judge denied bail, calling her a flight risk. Maxwell's trial is scheduled for next July.

Epstein was found hanged at age 66 last August in a Manhattan jail, while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges for abusing women and girls in Manhattan and Florida from 2002 to 2005. He had also pleaded not guilty.

In seeking to keep Maxwell's deposition sealed, her lawyers said in court papers on Thursday she had been promised confidentiality by Giuffre's lawyers and the presiding judge at the time, through an agreed-upon protective order, before answering many personal, sensitive and "allegedly incriminatory" questions about her dealings with Epstein.

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Ghislaine Maxwell 's legal team is attempting to have the other documents slated for release today amended, which could possibly slow down their release . Ghislaine Maxwell 's stall tactics FAIL as judge orders the release of unsealed docs but delays bombshell depositions until at least next week.

Her deposition will be one of many that will be unsealed. However, it is not clear what prominent names could be identified through the documents though, as US District Judge Maxwell 's attorney asked for a two-week emergency stay to appeal the decision by the court , but was given only a week.

They said further that Maxwell was blindsided when prosecutors quoted from the deposition in her indictment, and accusing Giuffre of leaking the deposition to the government.

In a court filing on Friday, Giuffre's lawyers called Maxwell's appeal "frivolous, and a transparent attempt to further delay the release of documents to which the public has a clear and unequivocal right to access".

The lawyers also called the allegation Giuffre leaked the deposition "completely and utterly false".

Friday's order also covers a second deposition by an unnamed Epstein accuser that Maxwell also wanted to be kept under seal. Other documents from Giuffre's lawsuit that quote or disclose information from the depositions also remain sealed.

Among the documents released on Thursday were a few emails between Epstein and Maxwell dated January 2015, including one where Epstein told Maxwell that she had done "nothing wrong".

Lawyers for Maxwell said on July 10 in a court filing requesting bail in her criminal case that she had not been in contact with Epstein for "more than a decade".

Maxwell is now battling prosecutors in her criminal case about the scope of a protective order intended to protect her right to a fair trial while ensuring the privacy of her accusers.

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