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Crime Ghislaine Maxwell Trial Judge Questions Would-Be Jurors About Mar-a-Lago

03:15  17 november  2021
03:15  17 november  2021 Source:   thedailybeast.com

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Prospective jurors in the Ghislaine Maxwell case were quizzed about their knowledge of the British socialite, billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein and even Donald Trump 's Mar - a - Lago during jury selection for her upcoming sex trafficking trial Tuesday. Maxwell , 59, appeared in federal court in New York as Judge Alison Nathan questioned dozens of potential members of the jury who will decide her fate later this month. This latest phase of jury selection is known as 'voir dire,' during which about 230 prospective jurors are whittled down to a pool of 50-60 as they are screened for partiality.

NEWYORK – The judge overseeing the trial in New York of British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell on charges of sexual abuse said on Monday she plans to question 231 potential jurors . U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan will start questioning the candidates on Tuesday. She plans to ask jurors Maxwell is a former girlfriend of Epstein, a teacher-turned-globetrotting-investor who counted Britain’s Prince Andrew and former U.S. President Donald Trump among his associates. Epstein died by suicide at age 66 in a Manhattan jail cell in 2019 while awaiting his own trial on sex crimes charges.

At Ghislaine Maxwell’s upcoming sex-trafficking trial, jurors may hear about ritzy locations such as former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach and two world-famous performing arts schools, according to comments made in court.

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On Tuesday, Judge Alison Nathan began the voir dire process of jury selection, which involves questioning 231 potential jurors about their possible biases. Nathan asked members of the pool whether they have opinions about wealthy sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and Maxwell, his accused accomplice and former girlfriend, that make it difficult to be fair and impartial in the case.

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NEW YORK, Nov 15 (Reuters) - The judge overseeing the trial in New York of British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell on charges of sexual abuse said on Monday she plans to question 231 potential jurors . U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan will start questioning the candidates on Tuesday. She plans to ask jurors whether they know any of the people who say they were victims of the abuse and will testify, as well as whether they have opinions about "people who are wealthy or have luxurious lifestyles."

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The judge overseeing the trial in New York of British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell on charges of sexual abuse said on Monday she plans to question 231 potential jurors . U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan will start questioning the candidates on Tuesday. Maxwell , 59, is accused of grooming underage girls for deceased financier Jeffrey Epstein to abuse. She has pleaded not guilty to six counts of sex trafficking and other crimes. The trial 's opening statements are scheduled for Nov. 29. Attorneys for Maxwell have argued that extensive media coverage of her arrest and ties

Nathan also asked potential jurors whether they have views about “people who are wealthy or have luxurious lifestyles,” (none said that they did) or know any witnesses, addresses and entities mentioned in the case. Jurors were presented with a list of those people and places and asked to review it before letting Nathan know whether any names were familiar. That record, however, isn't publicly available.

But under questioning by Nathan, multiple jurors mentioned they knew of Mar-a-Lago and Michigan's Interlochen Arts Academy, where Epstein was a donor in the 1990s, had a rental cabin and allegedly preyed on teen girls. One victim has said Maxwell and Epstein recruited her at the prestigious arts school in 1994 when she was around 13 years old, and that Epstein brought her to Trump's resort and asked the tycoon, “This is a good one, right?” According to the victim's lawsuit, Trump smiled and shared a laugh with the perverted financier. (The victim doesn't accuse Trump of any wrongdoing.)

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Maxwell , 59, was arrested in July 2020 at a secretive estate in Bradford, a small town in New Hampshire. She is charged with sex crimes, conspiracy and perjury related to the actions of the financier Jeffrey Epstein, who killed himself in a Manhattan jail cell in 2019, while awaiting sex trafficking charges. The trial is expected to extend into the new year. On Tuesday, Judge Alison Nathan started questioning potential panelists, a process meant to filter out candidates who might hold biases that could favor the defense or prosecution. Nearly 50 possible jurors were present, brought into the

Meanwhile, at least one person reviewed the list and said they were familiar with Professional Children’s School, a prep school focused on the arts and athletics in Manhattan with a roster of famous alumni, including Yo-Yo Ma, Scarlett Johansson, and Macaulay Culkin. It’s unclear why the school could be mentioned at Maxwell's criminal trial.

Some potential jurors said in court that they’d heard of Epstein on the news, in particular after he died in jail, but not Maxwell.

One 24-year-old woman said she'd heard of Mar-a-Lago but that “would not impact my ability to be impartial.” She also told the court she'd once reported a professor who was allegedly coercing a student into a sexual relationship with them. That incident also wouldn't impact her suitability on the jury, she said.

A 41-year-old man, who said he has friends who went to Interlochen and the Professional Children’s School, also indicated he’d have no issues with being impartial. He did comment, however, that “historically, the legal system hasn’t worked out for certain members of society.”

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  U.S. judge to question more than 230 potential jurors for Ghislaine Maxwell trial U.S. judge to question more than 230 potential jurors for Ghislaine Maxwell trialNEW YORK (Reuters) - The judge overseeing the trial in New York of British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell on charges of sexual abuse said on Monday she plans to question 231 potential jurors.

Judge Alison J. Nathan’s questions in Manhattan federal court were aimed at seeing if potential jurors can stay impartial in the sordid case against Maxwell . Epstein was arrested in 2019, but the case against him took a shocking turn when the financier and convicted sex offender killed himself while awaiting trial . After Epstein's death, prosecutors turned their sights on Maxwell , his ex-girlfriend. The wealthy, Oxford-educated socialite is the daughter of British publishing magnate Robert Maxwell , who died in 1991 after falling off his yacht — named the Lady Ghislaine — near the Canary Islands while

Judge Alison J. Nathan's questions in Manhattan federal court were aimed at seeing if potential jurors can stay impartial in the sordid case against Maxwell . Nathan sat about 10 feet (3 meters) away from each prospective In this courtroom sketch, Ghislaine Maxwell , center, listens during a court hearing flanked by her attorneys, Bobbi Sternheim, left, and Jeffrey Pagliuca, right, Monday, Nov. 1, 2021, in New York. Maxwell was brought into a Manhattan courtroom for the lengthy hearing where U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan made a series of rulings over how the trial starting later this month will unfold.

About 600 prospective jurors filled out questionnaires this month, and the final panel will be cut down to 12 jurors and six alternates. Opening statements in the six-week trial in Manhattan federal court are scheduled to begin on Nov. 29.

Prosecutors say Maxwell groomed and abused at least four underage girls for her ex-boyfriend, the late financier Jeffrey Epstein, from 1994 through 2004. She has pleaded not guilty and adamantly denies any wrongdoing.

The FBI arrested the 59-year-old heiress in New Hampshire in July 2020, one year after Epstein was indicted in New York for the sex-trafficking of minors. When Epstein killed himself in jail while awaiting trial in August 2019, prosecutors shifted focus to the socialite, who they say was Epstein’s chief cooperator.

Maxwell is charged with six counts including sex trafficking of a minor and sex trafficking conspiracy. If convicted, she faces up to 80 years behind bars.

Over the weekend, the Daily Mail published a jailhouse interview with Maxwell, who claimed she’s been mistreated at Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center. Her lawyers have made similar accusations this year, even suggesting she got a “black eye” from constantly shielding her face from her jail cell’s harsh lighting.

Judge vets potential jurors for Ghislaine Maxwell trial

  Judge vets potential jurors for Ghislaine Maxwell trial NEW YORK (AP) — Prospective jurors got their first glimpse of Ghislaine Maxwell, the British socialite charged with helping Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse girls and women, when a judge began questioning them individually Tuesday. Wearing a black suit, Maxwell hugged her lawyers when she entered the courtroom and briefly sketched a courtroom artist who was drawing her. Judge Alison J. Nathan’s questions in Manhattan federal court were aimed at seeing if potential jurors can stay impartial in the sordid case against Maxwell.The 12 jurors and six alternates who will hear the case will not be chosen until Nov. 29, when opening statements will begin.

Maxwell’s lawyers say the government has unfairly made her a proxy for Epstein, but victims and their attorneys have for years alleged the socialite was a procurer for the perverted money-manager. (At an August 2019 hearing marking the end of Epstein’s charges, one accuser told the court, “Jeffrey is no longer here, and the women that helped him are,” before naming Maxwell and alleged co-conspirator Sarah Kellen as his accomplices.)

“I fear it will be impossible to get a fair trial,” Maxwell told friends, according to the Mail. “I have tremendous fear that overwhelmingly negative media stories will poison my jury pool and affect the outcome of my trial despite the evidence that will demonstrate everything the jurors thought they knew isn’t true.”

“I look forward to finally having my day in court to prove I played no part in Epstein’s crimes,” Maxwell added.

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