60-year-old Ghislaine Maxwell, the spouse of sexual offender Jeffery Epstein, was convicted on five criminal offenses, including sex trafficking, on December 29, 2021, for recruiting and grooming four girls for Epstein to abuse between 1994 and 2004.
Epstein, 66, reportedly had a “black book” containing the names of the international rich and famous who visited his Caribbean hideaway.
In 2008, Epstein was arrested in Florida and pleaded guilty to prostitution-related counts, while pleading not guilty to further federal accusations.
According to reports, he committed suicide in his cell following his detention and prior to his trial.
Maxwell will now face charges and a sentence.
Prosecutors have recommended that Maxwell serve at least 30 years in jail, citing her ‘complete lack of remorse’ Maxwell desires a term shorter than twenty years, according to the Daily Mail.
On June 28, U.S. Circuit Judge Alison Nathan will administer the punishment in federal court in Manhattan.
The Mail said that defense attorneys stated in a sentencing application last week that she should serve no more than five years in prison.
According to the complaint, ‘Ms. Maxwell has always worked hard. Her many educational, occupational, and avocational accomplishments include becoming an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), a helicopter pilot, a submersible pilot, a banker; partnering with the Cleveland Clinic to establish a telemedicine platform to enable people in remote areas to obtain quality medical treatment; helping develop the Clinton Global Initiative; and supporting a variety non-profit and charitable organizations’.
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Maxwell has also requested a more lenient sentence of just four years and three months in jail, arguing that she is being scapegoated as a proxy for Epstein’s crimes.
Her legal filings claimed that helping launch the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) demonstrated she has a ‘desire to do good in the world’.
The prosecution does not share the defense’s glowing opinion of Maxwell.
In a later section the document states that Maxwell is not an ‘heiress, villain, or vapid socialite’.
‘As part of a disturbing agreement with Jeffrey Epstein, Maxwell identified, groomed, and abused multiple victims, while she enjoyed a life of extraordinary luxury and privilege. In her wake, Maxwell left her victims permanently scarred with emotional and psychological injuries,’ prosecutors wrote. Read more…