LAW & CRIME - Aug 11, 2020 -
Attorneys representing Ghislaine Maxwell in her federal criminal trial on Monday evening filed a letter motion asking a federal judge to order prosecutors to provide the identities of the three victims referenced in Maxwell’s indictment so that her defense team can “meaningfully investigate the alleged conduct.”
Maxwell, who is alleged to have been the madam and confidante to deceased megamillionaire and accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, is currently awaiting trial in Manhattan on charges of conspiracy to entice minors to engage in illegal sex acts and perjury. In the letter to U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan of the Southern District of New York (SDNY), Maxwell’s attorneys contend that depriving her of the alleged victims’ identities would preclude her from properly preparing a defense.
“Here, it is clear from the face of the indictment that the government’s case is based on the accounts of Victims 1-3, the three individuals specifically referenced in the indictment. It is therefore critical for the defense to know the names of these individuals as soon as possible, so that we can mount an effective defense investigation and adequately prepare for trial,” the letter stated. “This is especially true in this case where the alleged misconduct took place on unspecified dates roughly 25 years ago in multiple locations—namely, New York, Florida, New Mexico, and the United Kingdom—and where the central figure, Jeffrey Epstein, is alleged to have engaged in misconduct with dozens, if not hundreds, of alleged victims. The defense should not have to speculate which of these individuals are Victims 1-3 referenced in the indictment.”