Ghislaine Maxwell may get a second chance to get acquittal Jeffrey Epstein charges passed a new trial, and attorney Lisa Bloom said “this sucks.”
British social page is convicted of sex trafficking The girls were sexually abused by their exes between 1994 and 2004.
However, a The jury, Scotty David, gave media interviews in which he revealed he was a victim of sexual abuse, raising questions about whether he disclosed this fact in his questionnaire.
Juries have been asked to detail any history of sexual abuse and while his answers have not been made public, prosecutors have called for an investigation and plea for a violations.
Lisa Bloom, who represents eight of Epstein’s victims, wrote on Twitter: “Ghislaine Maxwell could get a new trial. Really. Because someone else was sexually abused.
“It was terrible.
“Jury Scotty David gave an interview. He said he disclosed his history of sexual abuse during discussions. Fine, that’s allowed. But….
“Like all of the people on the jury panel, he filled out a pre-trial questionnaire. One question asked was whether he was a victim of sexual abuse, and if so, to describe what happened, without a name.”
Bloom said “lawyers and judges know” the answers the jurors gave and described the prosecution’s call for an investigation as a “bad sign.”
The judge ordered David to be provided with a court-appointed attorney, at the prosecutor’s request.
A defense motion briefing to pursue a new trial has been scheduled for January 19, which Bloom describes as a “very bad sign”.
The judge’s order reads: “The parties’ briefing must address whether a certain investigation is authorized and/or required and, if so, the nature of that investigation.”
Bloom writes: “IF he is lying and IF the court finds it to be documents, the judge can order a new trial.
“My heart can’t help but feel sorry for the four victims who will have to do it all over again.
“And this story highlights how many people have been sexually abused. It’s rampant.
“And because this juror was a victim, and was brave enough to tell his story in the courtroom and stand with other victims, a convicted sex trafficker may have to make amends. .
“Just a punch to the guts of the 8 Jeffrey Epstein victims that I represent.”
A court filing written by Maxwell’s team: ” Supreme Court argued that in order to obtain a new trial, a party must first prove that a juror did not truthfully answer an important question of nonsense, and then further prove that a correct answer would provide a valid basis for a cause challenge. “
It added: “This standard applies even if the juror’s conduct was purely accidental and unintentional.”
In other words, Maxwell’s team appeared willing to argue that they could have asked the court not to legally select Scotty David on the jury if he had presented his experience adequately.
If he didn’t, it would give them no chance to challenge his choice, causing a case of confusion, even if he didn’t intentionally mislead the court.
Bloom stressed that jurors have a right to talk about their personal experiences, including sexual abuse.
She wrote on Twitter: “I want to be clear: being a victim of sexual abuse does NOT disqualify you from serving on a sex abuse jury.
“On the contrary, I WANT the victims on my jury. Many victims say they cannot serve on my trial for this reason. But please, we need you.
“The issue is whether this juror lied to his questionnaire, depriving the defense of the opportunity to ask him Qs during the jury selection process to see if he was biased. .
“BTW, why do we assume victims are biased and not non-victims? Non-victims often have skewed, skewed views about abuse.”
The Government letter read: “Assuming the accuracy of the report, the juror asserts that he ‘passed’ the prospective jury questionnaire and does not recall being asked whether he was a victim of the crime. victim of sexual abuse or not but has said he ‘will answer honestly.’
“Based on the foregoing, the Government believes that the Court should conduct an investigation.”
https://www.newsweek.com/ghislaine-maxwell-possible-mistrial-punch-gut-epstein-victims-lisa-bloom-1666180 Ghislaine Maxwell There Could Be a ‘Punch in the Gut’ for Epstein’s Victims — Lisa Bloom