U.S. says Ghislaine Maxwell was isolated in jail for her safety

Cheryl Sanders
August 14, 2020

The charges include conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, transportation of minors for criminal sexual activity and perjury, among other counts.

Epstein killed himself in his cell at a separate NY facility in August previous year while awaiting trial on charges for the sex trafficking of children. She has denied all of the allegations and intends to fight the charges in court. Her lawyers argue that the defendant is unable to adequately prepare for her trial defense due to the "onerous" conditions of her confinement resulting from the purported prison suicide of Epstein.

"[Maxwell] continues to be surveilled 24 hours a day by security cameras and by multiple prison guards, many of whom do not appear to be regular [Metropolitan Detention Center] personnel", the filing read. The prison guards constantly watch her and take notes about everything she does.

But Assistant Manhattan U.S. Attorney Alex Rossmiller responded Thursday that the Bureau of Prisons' exhaustive measures were to protect Maxwell.

NY law protects against disclosure of a "confidential communication" between an attorney and his or her client.

Maxwell's lawyers called her treatment in jail "a reaction" to Epstein's jailing and death.

They said this was occurring even though she "has never been suicidal and was never diagnosed as exhibiting risk factors for suicide".

They nonetheless said jail officials agreed to give Ms Maxwell 13 hours a day to review materials for her scheduled July 2021 trial, rather than the normal three hours.

Lawyers asked for her to be allowed more time with a computer to study documents related to her case and to be "released to the general population and be granted the privileges given to other pretrial detainees".

Maxwell's lawyers also argued that they can not properly investigate the charges against her because prosecutors will not tell them the identities of three accusers named in Maxwell's indictment.

A USA federal judge has rejected convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein's former girlfriend and alleged accomplice Ghislaine Maxwell's latest attempt to delay the unsealing of documents that her legal team argued would prevent her from having a fair trial.

Her attorneys on Monday requested a 3-week delay in the unsealing of the documents over "critical new information" they said could affect the British socialite's ability to obtain a fair trial.

But in a two-page order, U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska in Manhattan said she had no reasonable basis to order a delay, because a protective order in the criminal case meant the new information could not be disclosed.

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