Judge refuses to overturn guilty verdict in Ghislaine Maxwell case

British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell was convicted late last year on charges that she helped finance mogul Jeffrey Epstein to traffick and sexually abuse underage girls.

While Maxwell’s attorney attempted to have her conviction overturned, a federal judge just made clear that such a decision won’t be happening. 

According to UPI, U.S. District Court Judge Alison Nathan announced in a decision last Friday that she was rejecting Maxwell’s request to reverse her jury’s verdict.

Several counts voided

“The government at trial presented extensive witness testimony from multiple victim witnesses and others, as well as corroborating documentary and physical evidence,” Nathan was quoted as saying.

“The testimony and other trial evidence established [Maxwell’s] role in grooming and recruiting underage girls and using the cover of massage to perpetrate sexual abuse,” the judge continued.

Earlier, Maxwell scored a legal victory in having several counts on which she had been convicted declared as and thus “multiplicitous” a violation of the Fifth Amendment.

However, Nathan stressed that “[t]his legal conclusion in no way calls into question the factual findings made by the jury.”

“Guilty of conspiring”

“Rather, it underscores that the jury unanimously found-three times over-that the [Maxwell] is guilty of conspiring with Epstein to entice, transport, and traffic underage girls for sexual abuse,” the judge insisted.

The judge added that even though a victim referred to as “Jane” did not travel with Maxwell, that fact did not preclude the defendant from being guilty of trafficking her.

“Jane also testified that Maxwell was present on some occasions when Epstein sexually abused Jane in New York when she was under the age of 17,” Nathan stated.

“The court concludes that this evidence, taken together, was sufficient for the jury to find beyond a reasonable doubt that [Maxwell] knowingly transported Jane to New York with the intent to engage in sexual activity illegal under New York law, or at minimum, aided and abetted Epstein in doing so,” she concluded.

Maxwell’s trial came two years after Jeffrey Epstein was found dead while in federal custody while awaiting trial. The cause of his death was determined to be suicide.

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