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Ghislaine Maxwell denied new trial in Jeffrey Epstein sex crime case

Ghislaine Maxwell appears via video link during her arraignment hearing where she was denied bail for her role aiding Jeffrey Epstein to recruit and eventually abuse of minor girls, in Manhattan Federal Court, in New York, July 14, 2020 in this courtroom sketch.
Jane Rosenberg | Reuters

A federal judge Friday denied granting a new trial to British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, who had argued that her conviction for procuring underage girls to be sexually abused by Jeffrey Epstein was tainted by the presence of a juror who did not disclose he had himself been sexually abused.

Judge Alison Nathan said in her ruling that Maxwell’s lawyers had failed to satisfy the requirements for granting a new trial in a criminal case.

Nathan wrote that the juror had credibly testified that he “skimmed way too fast” over a questionnaire before Maxwell’s trial that asked prospective jurors if they had been the victims of sexual abuse.

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