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Ghislaine Maxwell loses case to overturn sex trafficking conviction – but gets 10-year maximum sentence reduced

The 60-year-old British social media site – who was convicted of recruiting girls for Jeffrey Epstein’s abuse – still faces up to 55 years in prison when he was sentenced in June after losing his latest case.

Ghislaine Maxwell loses bid to overturn sex trafficking conviction - but has maximum sentence cut by 10 years
Ghislaine Maxwell loses bid to overturn sex trafficking conviction – but has maximum sentence cut by 10 years

Ghislaine Maxwell failed in her attempt to overturn the sex trafficking conviction, paving the way for her to be sentenced to decades in prison.

Lawyers for the British social networking site asked a judge to dismiss the ruling on a variety of grounds, including insufficient evidence.

In December, Maxwell was convicted of recruiting underage girls to U.S. financier Jeffrey Epstein for sexual abuse between 1994 and 2004.

In a written ruling, New York District Judge Alison Nathan said the jury’s guilty verdicts were “readily supported” by witness testimony and documentary evidence at the trial.

However, the judge said she would only sentence Maxwell, 60, to three of the five charges she was convicted of.The judge said three of the charges in force included the same offence and should have upheld only one of those three guilty verdicts.

It reduced Maxwell’s maximum possible sentence from 10 years to 55 years in prison, according to Reuters.

Judge Nathan wrote: “This legal conclusion has no way of raising questions about the actual findings made by the jury.

“Instead, it emphasizes that the jury unanimously found — three times — that the defendant was guilty of conspiring with Epstein to entice, transport and transport underage girls for sexual abuse.”

Maxwell – the daughter of the late newspaper magnate Robert Maxwell – will be sentenced on June 28.

Earlier this month, a judge declined to convict Maxwell after a juror revealed that he had been sexually abused as a child.

The jury did not reveal that truth during pre-trial screening to answer questions about sexual abuse previously posed in a written questionnaire.

The juror said he “skimmed too fast” through the questionnaire and did not intentionally give the wrong answer.

In his ruling, Judge Nathan said the jury’s failure to disclose his previous sexual abuse during the selection process was regrettable but not intentional.

The judge also concluded that the juror had “no prejudice against the defendant and could serve as a fair and objective jury.”

Maxwell, who was arrested in July 2020, has been in prison throughout her legal trials.

Epstein, a convicted sex offender, was 66 when he took his own life in his cell in August 2019 while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.

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