Judge denies release of bail on Giseline Maxwell after pleading guilty to the Jeffrey Epstein nationality crime case

Judge denies release of bail on Giseline Maxwell after pleading guilty to the Jeffrey Epstein nationality crime case
A federal judge denied on Tuesday the release of bail on Giseline Maxwell, a British social worker accused of facilitating sexual abuse of young girls in the mid-1990s by her former boyfriend Geoffrey Epstein, now deceased investor.

Maxwell, who will remain in prison awaiting trial, pleaded not guilty to a bail hearing in Manhattan federal court, where her lawyer requested her release on a $ 5 million bond.

Judge Alison Nathan said Maxwell was a "very dangerous escape".

Nathan said "the risk is too great" for Maxwell to be released on bail.

The judge referred to Maxwell's wealth, her nationality in Britain and France, and other international relations, and her lack of strong family or commercial ties in the United States, where she rejected the bail application.

Nathan also cited "seriously" the alleged Maxwell crimes as having compelled him to flee and said that there was no bail clause or set of conditions, which would ensure that she appeared in court on charges.

Maxwell, 58, faces up to 35 years in prison if convicted of crimes including inciting minors to travel to sex with Epstein and perjury.

The daughter of the murdered Barron of the British media, Robert Maxwell, did not clearly respond to the judge's decision, which I witnessed and listened to in a video chat from Brooklyn Prison, New York, federal.

The bail rejection came almost a year after the day Epstein himself was denied bail for sex trafficking to children after his lawyers offered to publish $ 100 million in massive bonds.

A federal prosecutor who argued against bail request told Maxwell Nathan that Maxwell had pretended to be “Jane Marshall,” a “journalist” who was looking for privacy, last November when she looked into buying a New Hampshire home where she was found in her pajamas and arrested by clients The FBI on the morning of July 2.

Prosecutor Alison Mo said that Maxwell's agent involved in the purchase pretended to be the wife of a man who identified himself as "Scott Marshall," an alleged retired British Army member who was writing a book. .

The $ 1 million home, which is located on more than 150 acres of land, was purchased by a legal entity created for this purpose, concealing the actual identity of the people who bought the residence.

Moe said the real estate agent realized that Maxwell was the British accent journalist who used another name after she saw news of her arrest.

The attorney general said that Maxwell's deception with the real estate agent, and other factors, justified her detention without bail, as she did a fortune of $ 10 million in assets, including at least $ 4 million in a Swiss bank account.

Maxwell, who had given up her physical appearance in court over the coronavirus pandemic, spoke with a clear and firm voice as she denied the charges laid down in an indictment against her on six counts.

And Maxwell told Nathan early in the hearing, "Not guilty," which lasted just over two hours, which he listened to in a conference call from more than 1,000 people.

Nathan set Maxwell's trial date on July 12, 2021.

Mu estimated that the trial would take three weeks.

Annie Farmer, one of three women whose claims are the basis for a criminal case against Maxwell, told the judge that she should reject the bail application, saying that "the risk posed by Maxwell must be taken seriously."

After she told the judge that she had met for the first time, Farmer said: "She is a sexual predator that has prepared me and abused me and countless children and young women. No remorse has been found for her heinous crimes or the devastating effects her actions have caused." Maxwell when she was sixteen years old.

"Those who survived are asking this court to detain her pending trial," said Farmer, who asked to be identified by her real name during the court session.

Another defendant, identified as Jin Doe, said in a statement read out by Mo to Mo, "Without Giseline, Jeffrey could not have done what he did."

Prosecutors described Maxwell at the risk of a "severe" flight because of wealth, and pointed to her talent for "hiding" as she moved around New England last year since Epstein's arrest in July 2019.

They also claimed that France, one of the countries in which it holds citizenship, does not extradite its citizens on criminal charges.

"There is a very strong incentive for the defendant to flee," Mo said.

"There is a real concern here that the accused can live out of reach for his extradition for years," the prosecutor said.

Moe scoffed at Maxwell's claim that pre-trial federal services "had no income", which the attorney general said was unreliable given the lifestyle Maxwell had.

Mo also said it was worrisome that Maxwell offered to secure someone else's property for her potential relationship, and at the same time she suggested releasing her and staying in a luxury hotel in New York City while her case was still on trial.

In a court case on Monday, prosecutors told Nathan that when the FBI went to arrest Maxwell at a New Hampshire home, she ignored an order "to open the door, and instead, [tried] to escape to another room in the house, and quickly closed the door behind her."

Prosecutors also said that after she was detained, FBI agents found a Maxwell cell phone at home wrapped in aluminum foil in an apparent attempt to prevent the authorities from tracking his whereabouts.

Prosecutors have said that since her arrest, other people have come forward to support their case against her.

In turn, Maxwell's lawyers asked Nathan to place a bond of personal appreciation for Maxwell for $ 5 million.

Defense attorneys said the bonds would be secured by six unknown signatories, as well as property in Britain worth $ 3.75 million.

Lawyers also suggested that Maxwell, the first person other than Epstein accused of alleged sexual crimes, be confined to a New York residence, with electronic surveillance, as a condition for her release.

"Mrs. Maxwell vehemently denies the charges, intends to fight them, and she is entitled to the presumption of innocence," her attorneys, Mark Cohen and Jeffrey Bagliuca, wrote in a court file last week.

Cohen argued during Tuesday's hearing that prosecutors had failed to demonstrate Maxwell was a flight risk, stating that she had remained in the United States a year since Epstein’s arrest, and that her attorneys had been in regular contact with the prosecutor’s office in an attempt to dissuade them from filing charges against her.

Cohen told the judge that he was "unrealistic", especially given the restrictions imposed by the outbreak of Covid 19, Maxwell and her attorneys can effectively prepare for her trial while in prison.

The lawyer also told the judge that the defense will file a very important [legal] lawsuit that will determine whether this indictment remains, or the form of this indictment.

Maxwell's lawyers argue that the bulk of the case against her, and sexual intercourse charges with minors by Epstein which are, are prohibited by the non-prosecution agreement that Epstein signed with federal prosecutors in South Florida in 2007, as part of his agreement to and pleads guilty to criminal charges To the state in 2008. Lawyers say this agreement covers conspirators with Epstein, of whom Maxwell is allegedly one.

But Moe said Maxwell is not covered by this agreement.

Maxwell is accused of conspiring to entice minors to travel to engage in unlawful sexual acts, the enticement of a minor to travel to engage in unlawful sexual acts, conspiracy to transfer minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, the transfer of a minor with the intention of engaging in sexual sexual activity, and two charges of perjury.

The hearing came a day after Bloomberg News reported that Maxwell was also under investigation by the US Virgin Islands Department of Justice for her alleged participation in the sex trafficking process in Epstein. Epstein owned a large private island in the Virgin Islands, which was known locally as "Pedophile Island".

Epstein was arrested in early July 2019 on charges of child sex trafficking filed in Manhattan Federal Court. Prosecutors charged the billionaire financier with sexually assaulting dozens of underage girls from 2002 to 2005 in his luxury residences in Manhattan and in Palm Beach, Florida. An indictment against Epstein said that he had access to these victims with the help of unknown conspirators.

Weeks after being deprived on bail, Epstein, who was a former friend of Presidents Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, was found almost consciously on the floor of his cell in the federal prison in Manhattan, with signs of his neck.

In August, 66-year-old Epstein died, due to what the authorities ruled was suicide by hanging in the same prison. Two of the guards who were supposed to review Epstein criminally are being prosecuted for trying to cover up their failure to monitor him and other inmates the night he died.

After Epstein's death, prosecutors pledged to continue investigating the alleged conspirators. Maxwell was the most prominent suspect of facilitating Epstein's alleged widespread sexual assault of girls and women.

When she was arrested earlier this month, Maxwell was charged in a six-count indictment with helping Epstein in the mid-1990s to recruit girls and groom, at least one as young as 14, so he could sexually assault them in housing in New York And Florida and New Mexico, as well as at Maxwell's house in London.

The indictment charged that "in some cases, Maxwell was present and involved in the sexual assault of minor victims."

The indictment also said that Maxwell "repeatedly lied when asked about her behavior" during her legal dismissal in 2016 as part of a lawsuit by one of Epstein's defendants.

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