Maxwell to seek new trial after juror reveals he was victim of sex abuse, lawyers say

Source: CBS News

“Ghislaine Maxwell, convicted last week of conspiring to recruit and groom teenage girls to be abused by Jeffrey Epstein, plans to request a new trial after a juror in her case revealed he was a victim of sexual abuse, her defense lawyers said Wednesday. The lawyers said in a letter to U.S. District Judge Alison J. Nathan that ‘based on undisputed, publicly available information, the Court can and should order a new trial without any evidentiary hearing.’ The judge late Wednesday set a schedule for the defense to ask for a new trial … In interviews published by Reuters, The Independent and the Daily Mail, one juror described a moment during the deliberations when he told fellow jurors in Maxwell’s trial that, like some of the victims of the late financier Epstein, he had been sexually abused as a child. And he said he convinced other jurors that a victim’s imperfect memory of sex abuse doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.” (01/06/22)