Who & What You Need to Know
To begin, Maureen Comey is a prosecutor in the case. Her father is disgraced former FBI Director and elite tool, James Comey.
The one certain point about Ghislaine Maxwell, who goes on trial next week, is that preliminary actions are already controversial. The former girlfriend and so called “madame” of financier Jeffrey Epstein, pleaded not guilty to all six counts and faces up to 80 years in prison if convicted on all charges.
The second point is that mainstream media will be defending their own, and likely their share of using propaganda to protect some of the famous and powerful connected to the case.
🔹On Monday, U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan in Manhattan said she would allow testimony from two psychologists, Elizabeth Loftus and Park Dietz, the defense has offered as experts.
Dietz is expected to rebut the testimony of prosecution witness Lisa Rocchio, a psychologist expected to discuss how underage sexual abuse victims are “groomed” by their predators.
Sen. Chuck Schumer on Tuesday night announced his recommendation that Judge Nathan be elevated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit.
In a statement recommending that current White House resident Joe Biden nominate her, Schumer praised Nathan as a “deeply respected legal leader” and emphasized that she would be the second openly lesbian woman to serve as a federal appellate judge.
“Ali Nathan is an outstanding judge for the Southern District of New York and her experience, legal brilliance, love of the rule of law and perspective would be invaluable in ensuring the federal judiciary fulfills its obligation to ensure equal justice for all,” Schumer said.
Biden officially nominated Nathan, who previously served as associate White House counsel for the Obama-Biden Administration, on Tuesday.
🔹Opening statements in the trial begin on Nov. 29 for Maxwell, who prosecutors say procured underage girls for Epstein to sexually abuse from 1994 to 2004. She originally pleaded not guilty and has been incarcerated in a Brooklyn jail since her arrest in the summer of 2020.
🔹Monday, human-rights lawyers François Zimeray and Jessica Finelle announced they were working on behalf of Maxwell’s siblings and filed an action with the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.
The filed document alleges Maxwell, 59, is subject to “inhumane and degrading” conditions in the Brooklyn lockup and that her “ongoing demonization in the media” has jeopardized her right to a fair trial.
🔹Observers are taking note of a revelation from Virginia Giuffre after a federal appeals court ordered the release of the sealed documents in a lawsuit that Giuffre filed against Maxwell.
The suit indicates, Maxwell, a British publishing heiress was Epstein’s madam. Maxwell has rejected allegations that she has acted as a procurer for Epstein and denied she facilitated Prince Andrew’s acts of sexual abuse and was Epstein’s madam.
Virginia Giuffre revealed that Epstein and Maxwell trafficked her to powerful people for erotic massages and sex. She claimed in 2016 depositions that Maxwell directed her to have sex with former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, Britain’s Prince Andrew (whom she has accused before), wealthy financier Glenn Dubin, former senator George Mitchell, now-deceased MIT scientist Marvin Minsky, and modeling agent Jean-Luc Brunel, as well as “another prince,” a “foreign president,” a well-known prime minsiter” and the owner of a “large hotel chain” in France.
Epstein, who made international news as a jailed registered sex offender, was found dead in a high security cell at New York’s Metropolitan Correctional Center on August 10, 2019 under suspicious circumstances. The Media and officials alleged his death was suicide, but extremely coincidental circumstances (no guards, security cameras not working, not suicidal, concern for his safety, etc.) casts about as much doubt in Epstein’s cause of death as there is on the legitimacy of Biden winning the 2019 Election.
Bill Richardson and Company
🔹New Mexico’s Richardson, the former governor, DNC chairman, and presidential candidate. served as President Clinton’s Energy Secretary and UN Ambassador in the late ’90s. He was reportedly a guest of honor at Jeffrey Epstein’s secluded Zorro Ranch outside of Stanley, New Mexico, and appears in Epstein’s “little black book” of contacts. Giuffre has previously claimed that Epstein transported her to New Mexico as his underage “sex slave.”
Richardson returned $50,000 in campaign donations from Epstein after the financier’s 2007 plea deal in Florida.
🔹Others who were part of Epstein social circle include prominent elite figures such as former President Bill Clinton, Supreme Court Justice John Roberts, Prince Andrew, Woody Allen, Harvey Weinstein, Alec Baldwin and others.
Videotaping Sex Encounters For Blackmail
🔹Ex-arms dealer Ari Ben-Menashe claims that Maxwell’s father brought Epstein to Israel in the 1980s to blackmail people for the Jewish state.
Epstein’s mode of operation, according to Ben-Menashe, was taping targets having sex with young women. “Underage girls was his forte,” says Ben-Menashe.
Epstein installed concealed cameras at strategic locations on his properties to allegedly record sexual activity with underage girls by prominent politicans, entertainers, business people, and others for blackmail and persuasion purposes.
🔹Maxwell told friends that Epstein’s private island in the Virgin Islands was completely wired for video.
🔹One friend believed that Maxwell and Epstein were videotaping everyone on the island as an “insurance policy.”
🔹When police raided his Palm Beach residence in 2006, two hidden pinhole cameras were discovered in Epstein’s home.
“It doesn’t end with her — there are a lot of other people to blame,” testified Jennifer Araoz, who accused Epstein of raping her when she was 15, according to a court document.
🔹Araoz has separately sued Epstein’s estate and Maxwell, claiming that Maxwell “oversaw” the billionaire’s “process.”
🔹Araoz’s attorney, Eric Lerner, is quoted in the documents as stating, “One of the reasons the focus is on Ghislaine is because she has knowledge of that web. But it seems like there’s a lot of powerful men around Jeffrey Epstein who are part of this web who don’t appear to be part of any investigation right now.”
On March 29, prosecutors unsealed a new indictment against Epstein charging her with two more counts of sex trafficking related to another accuser.
🔹These new charges claim Maxwell groomed and sex-trafficked a 14-year-old girl for Epstein to abuse between 2001 and 2004 at his Palm Beach estate in Florida.
🔹Originally the trial was to begin in July, but was moved to the fall as set by federal U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan. The Manhattan judge indicated this postponement was necessary and appropriate because federal prosecutors added these new charges to the case. COVID-19 protocols made trial preparation more difficult.
In October, one of Maxwell’s attorneys, Bobbi Sternheim, wrote to Judge Nathan about his client’s sleep deprivation. She also included a photo of Maxwell with a bruise under her left eye as an exhibit.
“While Ms. Maxwell is unaware of the cause of the bruise, as reported to medical and psych staff, she has grown increasingly reluctant to report information to the guards for fear of retaliation, discipline, and punitive chores,” Sternheim wrote. “However, there is concern that the bruise may be related to the need for Ms. Maxwell to shield her eyes from the lights projected into her cell throughout the night.”
According to Sternheim, Maxwell “resorts to using a sock or towel to cover her eyes in an awkward attempt to shield them from disrupting illumination every 15 minutes.”
“Ms. Maxwell continues to be disrupted throughout the night by guards shining a flash/strobe light into her cell, claiming that her breathing must be checked,” Sternheim continued. “The myth that Ms. Maxwell’s conditions of confinement are related to her being a suicide risk was laid to rest during the oral argument: There is nothing to support that contrived claim.”
Maxwell’s attorneys characterized the government’s timing of the trial “obvious tactical gamesmanship” and indicated more preparation was necessary for her defense.
“The Court concludes that the interests of justice justify granting a short continuance,” the judge wrote in her ruling, “Such an adjournment would plainly give the defense team sufficient time to prepare for trial in light of the additional charges contained in the S2 indictment while also ensuring that the trial proceeds without undue delay.”
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