After a judge ordered on Friday that eight people referred to only as “John Doe” in court filings should have their identities revealed, names of some people associated with Jeffrey Epstein or Ghislaine Maxwell will be made public.
One exception exists. According to Insider, Judge Loretta A. Preska decided that a person identified only as “John Doe 183” in court filings will maintain their anonymity for the time being.
Preska stated that she would permit the person to appeal despite the fact that they were repeatedly mentioned in Maxwell’s sex trafficking trial.
Preska stated at the hearing on Friday that “that Doe’s relationship with Jeffrey Epstein has been a subject of intense media coverage, and Doe 183’s name has appeared in numerous places in unsealed portions of Ms. Maxwell’s criminal trial transcript,”
“In the court’s view, there’s no reason to redact Doe 183 from the documents,” she stated.
Two of the people whose identities were kept secret were allegedly victims of the sex trafficking organization that Epstein is thought to have run before his passing.
Emmy Taylor and Sarah Ransome were identified, but Preska determined that the identity of a third victim would remain secret due to “ongoing trauma.”
Thomas Pritzker’s name was made public on Friday. He is JB Pritzker’s cousin, the governor of Illinois. Preska said that a witness had mentioned his name in a deposition but claimed not to recognize him.
Preska objected, pointing out that the records in which he was identified existed elsewhere and that there had been no accusations of illegal conduct against him, according to Fox News, despite Pritzker’s claim that being named would result in irreparable harm.
According to the Daily Mail, a letter from Laura Menninger, Maxwell’s lawyer, stating that Maxwell would not object to naming people, served as the impetus for Friday’s action.
“After careful review of the detailed objections submitted by [the eight Non-Party Does], counsel for Ghislaine Maxwell writes to inform the Court that she does not wish to further address those objections,” according to a letter from Menninger.
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“Each of the listed Does has counsel who have ably asserted their own respective privacy rights. Ms. Maxwell, therefore, leaves it to this Court to conduct the appropriate review consistent with the Order and Protocol for Unsealing Decided Motions,” the letter said.
Preska presided over a defamation lawsuit Epstein victim Virginia Giuffre filed against Maxwell in 2015, which has since been settled. However, documents gathered in the case have been sought by media outlets.
Giuffre’s lawyer Sigrid McCawley had told the judge that in the case of the John Does, it was “apparent that their objections essentially mirror objections to unsealing that this Court has already rejected: that unsealing certain documents might be embarrassing, would expose non-parties to media attention, and could result in some unfortunate association between the non-parties and Jeffrey Epstein or Ghislaine Maxwell.” CONTINUE READING…