The mainstream reporting of the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell has been lackluster, to say the least. She’s been Jeffrey Epstein’s decades-long business partner and was arrested by the FBI on charges of procuring underage girls and sex trafficking on July 2, 2020, in New York.
Her trial began on November 29, 2021. She was found guilty in December of 2021, for five out of the six charges she was accused of, which includes the sex trafficking of a minor between 1994 and 2004. In essence, procuring minors for Epstein to abuse at his leisure. The jury came down with its verdict after forty hours of deliberation. These charges can lead to a sixty-five-year prison stint for the former elitist socialite.
She is still incarcerated in the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Brooklyn, NY while awaiting sentencing. U.S. Circuit Judge Alison Nathan, who presided over Maxwell’s trial is scheduled to sentence Maxwell on June 28. Prosecutors will submit their own sentencing recommendations prior to the sentencing date.
Maxwell’s attorneys will be arguing that Ghislaine Maxwell should have a much lighter sentence.
“Ghislaine Maxwell should spend fewer, and perhaps far fewer, than 20 years in prison for helping deceased financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse teenage girls, her lawyers said on Wednesday, arguing that Epstein was the ‘mastermind’ behind the abuse.
Maxwell, 60, ‘cannot and should not bear all the punishment for which Epstein should have been held responsible,’ her lawyers wrote in a sentencing memorandum filed in Manhattan federal court.”
Although Maxwell’s defense team portrayed her as a “victim” throughout the trial, asserting that Epstein exuded a charismatic “cult of personality persona” that mesmerized those around him to do his evil bidding, this defense ploy failed during the trial. I personally hope it doesn’t work during sentencing.
On June 17, 2022, roughly a week before sentencing, Maxwell’s attorneys stated that her cellmate has been approached by “unknown sources” to contract-kill Maxwell.
“Maxwell’s lawyers made the allegation in a Wednesday court filing, which sought to secure a lighter sentence in their case… ‘One of the female inmates in Ms. Maxwell’s housing unit told at least three other inmates that she had been offered money to murder Ms. Maxwell and that she planned to strangle her in her sleep’ the filing read…”
With this revelation, the unidentified inmate was moved to a different unit in the Brooklyn Holding Facility in an abundance of caution.
I’m slightly skeptical about this claim. The claim of a “murder-for-hire” plot from Maxwell’s lawyers comes years after Epstein “killed himself” in his New York cell. This incident gave rise to multiple theories that he was in fact murdered.
“According to court records released to the press, visitors to Epstein’s Hellish island included former President Bill Clinton, British Royal, Prince Andrew, and Bill Gates, amongst others.”
It can be hypothesized that there may be many, many more people who flew to this horrific island who would not want to be identified and would want Maxwell silenced to secure their anonymity.
In my opinion, this scenario can be possible. However, this possibility appears to be an exploitation tactic used by Maxwell’s attorneys to secure a much lighter sentence. A Jury convicted Maxwell of five out of six serious felonious sex crimes, including sex crimes against minors. She should face the maximum sentence.