December 29th, 2021
The trial of British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell has finally wrapped up with jurors having reached a verdict after 40 hours of deliberations. The 12-person panel determined Maxwell was guilty on 5 of 6 charges and is facing up to 65 years in prison.
Maxwell was originally charged with: one count of enticement of a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, one count of transportation of a minor with intent to engage in illegal sex acts, one count of sex trafficking of a minor, And three counts of conspiracy, which are related to the other counts.
She was found guilty of all charges except for enticement of a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts, dropping the maximum sentence to 65 instead of 70 years.
When Ms. Maxwell was arrested in July 2020, she was also charged with two counts of perjury, accusing her of lying under oath in 2016 during depositions for a lawsuit related to Mr. Epstein. In April, Judge Alison J. Nathan granted the defense’s request to sever the perjury counts, which will be tried separately.
The jury deliberated for five full days, requesting troves of evidence and sordid witness testimony that was presented during the month-long case, before finding Maxwell guilty. A sentencing date has not yet been set.
The ruling establishes a precedent that could cause other victims and prosecutors who may have been timid or apathetic about coming forward to trust that the jury can and do get it right more often than we’d expect.
On top of that, there are a lot of folks on the sideline who believe it wasn’t just Ghislaine Maxwell who deserves a day in court. The evidence points to the possibility that there was a large web of influential individuals who are also guilty of taking advantage of these women.
The Gateway Pundit ran a piece claiming that a “legal source connected with the case” said that if Maxwell is found guilty of her charges, she plans to “start naming names” in order to try and secure a lesser sentence.
Though the trial delivered perhaps more justice than most anticipated, many observers have expressed they will be upset if this is the end of the case.