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Jury error did not affect Ghislaine Maxwell’s verdict, Judges Rules

Judge Nathan added that “Juror 50’s lack of attention and care in accurately answering each question on the questionnaire is regrettable, but the court is confident that the non-disclosure was not intentional.”

Bobbi C. Sternheim, an attorney for Ms. Maxwell, said Friday night, “We strongly oppose the court’s denial of Ms. Maxwell’s motion for a new trial.”

“The defense was denied an opportunity to question juror 50 during the recent hearing,” added Ms. Sternheim. “This important issue, among many other issues, is being brought before the Court of Appeal and we are optimistic about Ms. Maxwell’s success on appeal.”

Nicholas Biase, a spokesman for the US Attorney’s office in Manhattan, declined to comment.

Todd A. Spodek, juror’s attorney, said in a statement, “Jury 50 does not consider himself a victim and does not let his past define him. He listened to the evidence and was fair and impartial. That is what justice demands, nothing more.”

Ms Maxwell’s conviction was the culmination of a convoluted, year-long case that involved celebrities and politicians and spawned conspiracy theories centered around Mr Epstein, who died by suicide while in custody awaiting his own trial. But the odyssey continued even after the jury reached its verdict.

Hours before Judge Nathan’s decision, Ms Maxwell’s attorneys wrote to the judge, asking her to postpone her decision in light of new information — another media interview with Juror 50, set to be released on a streaming service. Prosecutors disagreed with the request, and the judge denied it.

The judge’s ruling followed an unusual hearing on March 8, in which she asked Juror 50 to return to court and testify under oath about his answers to the questionnaire and whether they had compromised his impartiality.

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/04/01/nyregion/ghislaine-maxwell-trial-juror-ruling.html Jury error did not affect Ghislaine Maxwell’s verdict, Judges Rules

Ethan Gach

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