Attorney Warns That Ghislaine Maxwell Might Be Acquitted


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Attorneys for some of Epstein’s accusers are questioning why just four victims were called by prosecutors (led by the daughter of former FBI Director James Comey) in the Ghislaine Maxwell sex-trafficking trial.

“They had a mountain of evidence that they could have brought,” said Adam Horowitz, who previously represented a number of Epstein victims, noting that prosecutors “had a very difficult burden and didn’t seem to put on as much evidence forward as I thought they would have.”

Former girlfriend and subordinate of Epstein, Maxwell is accused of grooming and enticing underage girls for sexual abuse by the convicted pedophile and his friends. Bloomberg reports that he died in a jail cell while awaiting his own trial for sex-trafficking in 2019.

In the event of conviction, the British socialite could face up to 40 years in prison. Her lawyers argued that she was being blamed for Epstein’s crimes.

“An acquittal wouldn’t surprise me,” Horowitz said. “It’s a difficult case and [the prosecution] put on some really good witnesses, but the defense did a good job poking holes in some of them.”

Attorney Robert Lewis, representing Epstein victim Sarah Ransome, who attended the trial but did not testify, also believes Maxwell’s lawyers made some inroads with jurors.

“The defense has readied some interesting questions” that will need to be discussed by the jury, he said. “Some of them might be inclined to acquittal.”

According to the lawyers, the defense relied on an age-old “playbook” to discredit the four victims who testified. Maxwell’s lawyers asked them about discrepancies between their testimony in court and earlier accounts they provided to law enforcement or in civil suits on cross-examination. As an example, Carolyn was asked why she acknowledged Epstein called her on one occasion in a lawsuit, but credited it to Maxwell on the stand. Source: Bloomberg.

“I think it’s normal for people to tell the same story a little differently each time,” remarked Horowitz. “But in the context of a jury trial, when it’s sworn testimony, it becomes effective when the defense can poke those holes.”

As part of Maxwell’s case, her team also argued that her accusers’ lawyers manipulated their memories to extract the largest jury award possible – with each of the accusers being asked about the millions of dollars they had received through previous settlements.

While the accusers denied financial incentives for witnesses, prosecutors stated ‘unequivocally’ that money was not at stake for witnesses.

Lisa Bloom, an attorney who is representing a number of Epstein victims, said that the defense “wants us to believe, without proof, that civil lawyers manipulated the victims’ memories, or that victims’ failure to go after Maxwell years ago means they are lying now.” Blood added, “We don’t believe the jury will buy these lies and myths.”

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