New York — A U.S. judge on Monday granted a request to postpone her trial on suspicion that Ghislaine Maxwell had procured a teenage girl for the late financier Jeffrey Epstein for sexual abuse. Said it would start in the fall.
Judge Alison Nathan of the U.S. District Court in Manhattan said in a scheduled July 12 trial, as federal prosecutors added new charges to the case and the COVID-19 protocol made it difficult to prepare for the trial. He said a “short-term” postponement was appropriate.
Nathan ordered the prosecutor and Maxwell’s lawyer to propose a “as soon as possible” trial date by May 10. “No additional delays needed or for the benefit of justice,” she added.
Maxwell’s lawyer did not immediately respond to the request for comment. A spokesman for Federal Attorney Audrey Strauss in Manhattan declined to comment.
Maxwell, 59, was acquitted of sexual trafficking and other charges for her alleged role in raising four teenage girls for Epstein’s abuse between 1994 and 2004. Insisted.
She will postpone the trial until at least November 8, perhaps January next year, as the government’s proceedings have more than doubled in size when she added sexual trafficking charges to her March 29 indictment. Was supposed to be.
Prosecutors opposed the postponement, but said they could accept the March 2022 start date to avoid schedule conflicts.
Nathan pointed out that Maxwell was imprisoned in Brooklyn and said the postponement must be “not longer than necessary.”
“Importantly, victims and the general public are keenly interested in proceeding with the trial without undue delay,” she added.
Maxwell’s lawyer has repeatedly complained that her preparations for the trial have been hampered by her treatment in prison.
She opposed the allegedly obstructing the review of the evidence and woke her up at night with a flashlight in her cell to prevent her from committing suicide.
Epstein committed suicide in a Manhattan prison in August 2019 while awaiting a trial on sexual trafficking charges.