United States prosecutors offered to drop two pending perjury charges against Ghislaine Maxwell if she is not granted a retrial in her sex trafficking case.
In a Jan. 10 letter to U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan, the prosecutors said that the government was willing to dismiss the perjury counts “in light of the victims’ significant interests in bringing closure to this matter and avoiding the trauma of testifying again.”
The perjury charges concern allegations that Maxwell lied about what she knew about late disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein’s behavior in depositions taken in 2016 for a separate civil lawsuit.
Prosecutors also asked Nathan to sentence Maxwell within about three to four months, but Maxwell’s defense team opposed to setting any timeline.
Lawyers for Maxwell has called for a new trial after a juror revealed to the media after the conviction that they were sexually abused in the past.
Maxwell’s attorneys argued that the juror’s account was a “compelling basis” to overturn Maxwell’s conviction.
The juror’s personal sexual abuse account “influenced the deliberations and convinced other members of the jury to convict Ms. Maxwell.”
Nathan gave Maxwell’s attorneys until Jan. 19 to formally explain why her conviction should be overturned.
Meanwhile, Nathan gave prosecutors until Feb. 2 to respond.
Maxwell faces up to 65 years in prison after being convicted for her role in recruiting and grooming teenage girls to be sexually abused by Epstein.
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