Prosecutors for Ghislaine Maxwell will dismiss perjury charges if there is no retrial in the sex trafficking case

Maxwell's lawyers have called for a retrial in her sex abuse case. Pic: MediaPunch/Shutterstock

Ghislaine Maxwell's two perjury counts will be dropped if her conviction for assisting Jeffrey Epstein's sexual assault is upheld.

The charges are scheduled for a separate trial, but prosecutors stated that dismissing the case would provide victims with "closure" and spare them the "trauma of testifying again."

The offer to drop the charges was made in a letter to District Judge Alison Nathan on Monday night.

In a second civil complaint filed in 2016, Maxwell has misled her knowledge of Epstein's behavior. Each charge carries a potential punishment of five years in prison.

Maxwell, 60, was convicted of trafficking minor girls to Jeffrey Epstein for sexual assault last month and now faces up to 65 years in prison.

Between 1994 and 2004, she was accused of recruiting and grooming four youngsters for Epstein to molest in massage rooms at his different residences.

Prosecutors also requested in the letter that the judge sentence Maxwell in about three to four months.

Defense attorneys oppose establishing a timeline because they have requested a retrial in the leading case after two jurors who convicted her testified to having been sexually abused.

'Irrefutable grounds for retrial'

They told Judge Nathan that the issue "presents incontrovertible grounds for a new trial."

Maxwell's attorneys have been given until 19 January 19rmally to explain why they believe the conviction should be reversed. Prosecutors have until FebruaFebruary 2ovide their responses.

Epstein, an American investor, was discovered dead in his cell in August 2019 in New York, with the medical examiner concluding that he committed suicide.

Publish : 2022-01-11 18:27:00

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