Crime Why No Ghislaine Maxwell Pictures Have Been Released Since Her Arrest
Prosecutors: 'Alarming' that Maxwell may publicize victims
NEW YORK (AP) — Some witnesses in the criminal case against Jeffrey Epstein’s former girlfriend may face harassment and intimidation and could be reluctant to cooperate with the government if defense attorneys are allowed to discuss them publicly, prosecutors said Tuesday. Prosecutors asked a Manhattan federal court judge to block lawyers for British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell from publicly identifying women who have already spoken about the financier or Maxwell on a public forum.
Ghislaine Maxwell's mugshot has not been released to the media since her arrest on charges of grooming victims for sexual abuse by the convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. Here's why.
Prosecutors say the British socialite tried to flee when the FBI raided her remote house in New Hampshire in early July.
However, after they successfully brought her in and charged her with a 17-page indictment of child grooming and perjury offences, no custody image was released.
Federal Judge Postpones Unsealing of Some Jeffrey Epstein Documents After ‘Eleventh-Hour’ Request from Ghislaine Maxwell
While many of the documents are to be unsealed as early as Thursday, some will wait for Monday. That's unless the Court of Appeals intervenes. Read the judge’s order below. Ghislaine Maxwell – Epstein Files – Order by Law&Crime on Scribd Internal quotations and citations omitted from legal quotes.
Photos of suspects are sometimes given to the media but only in accordance with Department of Justice (DOJ) policy.
Rules state a mugshot can only be released if it serves a legitimate law enforcement purpose.
An FBI spokeperson told Newsweek: "We do not release mugshots absent a law enforcement purpose, for example, when a person is a fugitive."
Police are also permitted to release images when seeking witnesses who may only know a suspect by their face, not their name.
However, photos of Maxwell are widely available from photo libraries due to her many appearances on the red carpet and at official events.
Alleged victim Virginia Giuffre has also released a photo of the woman she claims was Epstein's accomplice.
In the image, Maxwell stands propped in a doorway at her London townhouse while, in the foreground, Prince Andrew has his arm around Giuffre.
Ghislaine Maxwell: Judge delays the unsealing of a deposition from Jeffrey Epstein's alleged former accomplice
A federal judge delayed the unsealing of a deposition of Jeffery Epstein's former girlfriend and alleged accomplice to allow her time to appeal its release. © Sketch by Christine Cornell Ghislaine Maxwell, who appeared in a video link from a federal jail in Brooklyn, sat with her dark hair pulled back tight in a bun in a dark brown crew neck prison shirt.
A photograph of Maxwell appears in the indictment, however, a DOJ source told Newsweek a "booking photo" was not used to avoid the risk of influencing a jury.
Material that could cause jurors to develop ideas of a defendant's guilt or innocence before a trial starts are considered prejudicial and therefore governed by specific rules.
Maxwell pleaded not guilty on July 14 and was denied bail after a judge ruled she had an "extraordinary capacity to avoid detection."
She now faces spending the next year in jail, currently the Metropolitan Detention Center, in Brooklyn, while she awaits trial in July 2021.
The daughter of British newspaper tycoon Robert Maxwell last week faced seeing documents from a 2015 libel case brought against her by Giuffre and other victims unsealed.
They revealed claims Prince Andrew lobbied the U.S. government to help secure Epstein's plea deal, which saw him sentenced to just 18 months.
They also included allegations Bill Clinton traveled to the New York socialite's private island with two young girls, which he denies.
More documents had been due for release today, but Maxwell was granted permission to appeal the decision to make them public.
On Friday, two judges from the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the depositions should be held back pending the outcome of the hearing set for September 22.
Fact check: Sex crimes by public officials not connected to Ghislaine Maxwell .
Posts say sex crimes by dozens of public officials are connected to Ghislaine Maxwell, an associate of Jeffrey Epstein. But they're not.Last year, Epstein killed himself in a New York jail, official autopsy results show, but conspiracy theories allege he was killed because he had damaging information about other powerful people.