A diverse panel of 12 busy men and women scrutinized evidence scams on their first day of deliberation in sex trafficking belong to Ghislaine Maxwell, requested testimony from all three of her alleged victims and notes from the FBI interview. Although only the jurors were aware of the debates taking place inside the deliberation room, the jurors’ notes provided clues about their deliberations.
A former federal prosecutor described the notes as a “mixed bag” for prosecution and defense.
“All accepted exhibits precede you”
Apparently absent from the list of witnesses that the testimony jury wanted to examine was “Kate“, a former British actress testified under a pseudonym accusing Maxwell of grooming her for sexual abuse by Jeffrey Epstein. It is indisputable that “Kate” is 17 years old, above the age of consent in the relevant jurisdictions. United States District Judge Alison Nathan instructed jurors that “Kate” was not an alleged victim.
The first note provides a bit of insight into what the juror wanted to examine inside the transcript of “Jane, ” Carolyn, and Annie Farmer’s testimony.
But the grand jury’s second note offered a glimpse.
The jury wanted to review notes from the FBI’s 2007 interview with Carolyn, but jurors mistakenly called the notes “deposition.” That combination may be speaking for itself.
Notes of FBI interviews with witnesses, known as 302s, are unauthenticated recordings of unrecorded conversations and cannot be entered into evidence. Maxwell’s defense attorneys tried to undermine her accusers’ testimony throughout the trial by claiming that they told the jury a different story than they had told authorities. federal years earlier.
Judge Nathan drafted an answer clarifying to the jury that what they asked for was not evidence.
“All admitted exhibits precede you,” the instructions read.
Lawyer Mitchell Epner, a former federal prosecutor who led sex-trafficking cases in the County of New Jersey in 2003 and 2004, found that the grand jury request was in favor of the defense.
“Surname [defense attorneys] Epner, who is now a consultant with Rottenberg Lipman Rich PC, said. “At least one jury focused on that.”
Maxwell and her legal team appear to agree with that analysis.
After the hearing where the grand jury notes were read back, Maxwell’s attorneys Bobbi Sternheim appeared to be smiling in her ear under her mask as she chatted with an audience in the gallery. Maxwell himself, who seemed a bit nervous when the judges returned with a note, was also upbeat. The jurors never received the FBI notes they requested.
Although those notes were not made public, they were described in Carolyn’s testimony.
According to attorney Maxwell Jeffrey Pagliuca, part of the note said: “Carolyn noticed an elderly woman with short black hair and an unknown voice at Epstein’s residence.”
“Isn’t that what you told the FBI when you told them the truth in 2007?” Pagliuca asked on December 7.
“Yes,” Carolyn replied.
Pagliuca questioned the “unvoiced” aspect of that comment, in defense of his British client.
“Now, at that point in your life, you already know what a British accent is, don’t you?” he pressed.
Carolyn agrees she did, but she added that she “didn’t speak with an accent.” She testified that she told authorities that Maxwell had a “voice.” In accordance with Department of Justice policy, no recording of this interview can resolve the controversy.
“This confusion was designed by the Department of Justice,” Epner noted. “They created the 302 system, so you can never take them as evidence in court.”
“And in this case, it could backfire for them,” he added.
The same notes allege that Carolyn obtained Epstein’s number from a “phone directory”. Carolyn testified that she was referring to her “personal book,” not a directory.
“Government proposal is ‘Yes’”
Just before deliberations closed for the day, jurors returned a note promising more for the prosecution, asking Judge Nathan if they could consider Annie Farmer’s testimony as evidence of “conspiracy.” commit crimes in crimes one and three or not”.
For Assistant United States Attorney Maurene Comey, the answer was too obvious.
“The one-word answer would be correct here,” said Comey. “The government proposal is ‘Yes.'”
Judge Nathan’s instructions to the jurors were not much different: “The answer is yes, you can consider”.
Epner told Law & Crime that prosecutors had to be “extremely happy” with that question and answer.
“When the judge speaks, it is the voice of authority in the courtroom,” he noted in a phone interview. “Jurors look to the judge for non-objective information. And when jurors ask a judge a question, it almost always means that there was a dispute between jurors on the matter. “
Judge Nathan’s affirmative, “very boneless” responses favor those who believe they can consider Farmer’s testimony and “go with the wind” of any counter-statement, Epner said. , Epner said.
The allegations in Farmer’s testimony were conspiring to induce individuals under the age of 17 to travel commercially between states with the intent to engage in illegal sexual activity and conspiracy to transport individuals under the age of 17. 17-year-old traveling commercially between states for the purpose of engaging in illegal sexual activity.
One of two sisters who reported Epstein to the FBI in the 1990s, Annie Farmer told the jury she was 16 years old when she flew to Epstein’s ranch in New Mexico. She testified that Maxwell touched her breasts while massaging there, and Epstein crawled onto her bed and tried to cuddle her.
According to that account, Farmer won’t be a minor in New Mexico, but she will be in her home state of Arizona — as well as in New York, where she said Epstein felt her feet in the theater previous movie.
The prosecution’s theory on the case is that Maxwell violated those two counts through transportation, not the alleged acts.
Farmer’s mother Janice Swain authentication reported that her daughter went to Epstein’s ranch after experiencing the New York movie theater because she thought Maxwell would be there to take care of her.
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