Ghislaine Maxwell juror says ‘brutal’ trial deliberations left them in tears while socialite was ‘like a stone’
Ghislaine Maxwell’s legal team have formally requested her conviction to be overturned and the case go to a retrial, following revelations that one of the jurors in her sex-trafficking case was himself a victim of sexual abuse.
In a letter to the court, Maxwell’s lawyers wrote that they have filed her “motion for a new trial”.
They added: “For the reasons set forth in the motion, we request that all submissions pertaining to juror No. 50 remain under seal until the court rules on the motion.”
Following Maxwell’s conviction on five counts of sex trafficking and other crimes, it emerged that one of the jurors in the trial had himself been a victim of sexual abuse.
The juror No. 50, Scotty David, told several news outlets that he had been abused as a child and said he spoke to the other jurors of his experience of being sexually abused.
Maxwell’s legal team are arguing that Mr David’s comments necessitate a retrial.
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How the original article appeared in The Independent
Here is how the original interview with juror Scotty David appeared in The Independent earlier this month.
The interview revealed that Scotty David believed the witness testimonies because he himself is a survivor of sexual abuse.
He told Lucia Osborne-Crowley : “This verdict is for all the victims. For those who testified, for those who came forward and for those who haven’t come forward. I’m glad that Maxwell has been held accountable.”
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Holly Bancroft20 January 2022 08:19
Read in full: Ghislaine Maxwell files request for retrial over juror’s revelation of own sexual abuse
Lawyers for socialite and convicted sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell have formally requested her case go to a retrial, after one of the jurors in her case revealed he was himself a victim of sexual abuse.
Maxwell, 60, was convicted on five counts of sex trafficking and other crimes for recruiting and grooming teenage girls to have sexual encounters with the late financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
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Holly Bancroft20 January 2022 08:14