NEW YORK—A U.S. decide on Monday granted Ghislaine Maxwell’s request to delay her trial on costs she procured teenage women for the late financier Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse, and stated the trial will start within the fall.
U.S. District Choose Alison Nathan in Manhattan stated a “brief” postponement of the scheduled July 12 trial was acceptable as a result of federal prosecutors added new costs to the case, and COVID-19 protocols made trial preparation tougher.
Nathan ordered prosecutors and Maxwell’s attorneys to suggest by Might 10 their “earliest potential” trial date. “No further delay is important or within the pursuits of justice,” she added.
Attorneys for Maxwell didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark. A spokesman for U.S. Legal professional Audrey Strauss in Manhattan declined to remark.
Maxwell, 59, has pleaded not responsible to sex trafficking and different costs over her alleged position in procuring 4 teenage women for Epstein to abuse between 1994 and 2004.
She had sought to delay the trial till a minimum of Nov. 8, and maybe to subsequent January, as a result of including the intercourse trafficking costs to her indictment on March 29 greater than doubled the dimensions of the federal government’s case.
Prosecutors opposed an adjournment, however stated they may settle for a March 2022 begin date to keep away from scheduling conflicts.
Nathan stated any adjournment should be “now not than crucial,” noting that Maxwell is being jailed in Brooklyn.
“Importantly, any victims and the general public extra broadly have a powerful curiosity in trial continuing with out undue delay,” she added.
Maxwell’s attorneys have complained repeatedly that her trial preparation is impeded by her therapy in jail.
She has objected to guards who allegedly intervene together with her evaluation of proof, and wake her at evening by shining flashlights into her cell to make sure she doesn’t commit suicide.
Epstein killed himself in a Manhattan jail in August 2019 whereas awaiting trial on intercourse trafficking costs.
By Jonathan Stempel