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World Ghislaine Maxwell prosecutors wrap arguments

06:30  08 april  2022
06:30  08 april  2022 Source:   bbc.com

Maxwell jury ends deliberations for the day, to resume Wednesday

  Maxwell jury ends deliberations for the day, to resume Wednesday The jury in the sex crimes trial of Ghislaine Maxwell asked the judge on Tuesday for transcripts of the testimony of three accusers of the British socialite and retired for the day without reaching a verdict. At one point during the day, the jury asked Judge Alison Nathan for the transcripts of the testimony of three women who testified against Maxwell. Deliberations are to resume on Wednesday.The jury must reach a unanimous decision on each count. If they cannot agree, then the judge could declare a mistrial.The charges against Maxwell stem from 1994 to 2004.

Prosecutors in Ghislaine Maxwell's sex trafficking trial have rested their case following two weeks of testimony.

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Annie Farmer, the last of four alleged victims to testify, recounted on Friday the "dark memory" of abuse by Ms Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein.

Ms Farmer, now 42, said she was groped by Ms Maxwell, who is accused of grooming underage girls for Epstein between 1994 and 2004.

Ms Maxwell has pleaded not guilty to eight charges against her.

Over the past two weeks, prosecutors sought to portray her as an accomplice to Epstein, a convicted sex offender, calling them "partners in crime" who built "a pyramid scheme of abuse".

Ghislaine Maxwell's sex trafficking trial has given the world a glimpse of her strange, luxe life with Jeffrey Epstein

  Ghislaine Maxwell's sex trafficking trial has given the world a glimpse of her strange, luxe life with Jeffrey Epstein Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial has given the world a glimpse of her deeply weird and luxurious life with Jeffrey Epstein, but the mystery at the core of this saga may never be solved.After a three-day adjournment, jurors will return to the courthouse in lower Manhattan tomorrow, as the defence gets its chance to address the question at the heart of the former socialite's sex trafficking trial.

Epstein was convicted of state sex crimes in Florida in 2008, but died by suicide in jail in 2019 while awaiting trial on federal sex trafficking charges.

Ms Maxwell's defence say she is being scapegoated for crimes committed by Epstein because he is not able to face trial.

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Unlike the three women before her who used pseudonyms for their testimony, Ms Farmer took the stand with the words: "I am Annie Farmer."

Previously, she and her sister Maria were among the earliest alleged victims to accuse Epstein and Ms Maxwell of abuse.

The court in New York heard on Friday how she came to meet the two.

Her sister, a painter, had been working for Epstein, acquiring art on his behalf, when he offered help getting her into college, Ms Farmer said.

Maxwell jury faces longer hours because of Covid

  Maxwell jury faces longer hours because of Covid The judge in Ghislaine Maxwell's sex trafficking trial asks jurors to meet for an extra hour each day.Judge Alison Nathan asked them to stay until 18:00 (23:00 GMT) instead of 17:00 every day in view of the city's "astronomical spike" in Covid cases.

She said Epstein bought her a plane ticket to New York and later took them to a movie, where he "caressed" her hand and "rubbed" her leg, only stopping when her sister looked over at them. She was 16 years old at the time.

"I felt sick to my stomach," Ms Farmer said. "It wasn't something that I was at all expecting."

A few months later, she met Ms Maxwell for the first time, at Epstein's Zorro Ranch in New Mexico.

She was under the impression it was an event for college-bound students, but when she arrived, there were no other students.

She recalled how Epstein and Ms Maxwell "appeared intimate", as if they were romantic partners.

She said Ms Maxwell "instructed" her to massage Epstein and showed her how to do it. "I did what she told me," Ms Farmer testified. "I felt very uncomfortable. I wanted to stop."

Produce witnesses or rest your case, Maxwell defense told .
Ghislaine Maxwell's lawyers pleaded for more time Friday to build up their defense in the British socialite's sex crimes trial, but the New York judge pressured them to produce their promised witnesses or rest their case. The defense had indicated it planned to call 35 witnesses as it seeks to persuade a New York jury that Maxwell did not recruit and sexually abuse girls with the late financier Jeffrey Epstein. But after a day and a half of testimony they had called just nine to the stand -- with others dropped, delayed or otherwise unavailable -- leaving federal Judge Alison Nathan increasingly exasperated."I have a rule.

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