IMPARTIALITY One juror allegedly influenced the rest of the jury by disclosing that he had been sexually abused during deliberations. An accusation taken seriously by the federal prosecutor's office -les-lawyers-of-ghislaine-maxwell-agrave-ask-for-a-new-procegraves-7a6013d.jpg “alt =” Epstein Affair: A problem with a jury prompts Ghislaine Maxwell's lawyers to ask for a new trial “/>

Ghislaine Maxwell speaking with one of her attorneys, Jeffrey Pagliuca, during her trial, in New York on December 27, 2021. – Elizabeth Williams/AP

In the Epstein case, lawyers for Ghislaine Maxwell, found guilty on December 29 of sex trafficking, found a flaw that could help their client. They indeed asked & oacute; Wednesday a new trial on the grounds that one of the jurors would have influenced; the rest of the jury by proving to have been himself a victim of sexual abuse during the releases.

In a court document dated & oacute; on Wednesday, the lawyers rely in particular on an article in the Daily Mail , in which one of the jurors confides in having summoned; his memories as a victim during the deliberations to enlighten the rest of the jury. The defense sees & ldquo; & ldquo; irrefutable grounds for a new trial & nbsp; & rdquo ;.

After 40 hours of deliberation over five days, the jury had declared; Ghislaine Maxwell, 60, guilty of five of the six charges against her, including the most serious, that of sex trafficking with her former partner, financier Jeffrey Epstein, who died in prison in 2019. No date has been given. again fixed for the pronouncement sentence, which now risks being delayed.

The prosecutor wants an investigation

The lawyers' request was made. taken seriously by the Federal District Attorney's Office in Manhattan, which suggested that he be resigned. in the court of & ldquo; conduct an investigation & nbsp; & rdquo;, in particular to find out whether the jury has revealed itself well during the jury constitution process, that is to say before the start of the hearings, to have been done; victim of sexual violence in the past. Information that could have led & agrave; further examination in its selection, the defense can then argue its partiality; for such a case.

Judge Alison Nathan responded later Wednesday, in another written document, that the defense request would be well considered, without however ruling on an investigation. She stared at January 19 for the defense to present its arguments, with a deadline of February 2 for the prosecution to be answered.

Jury memory hole ;

In the Daily Mail article, the juror, a 35-year-old man, presents; under both first names Scotty David, explains that his background has enabled him to enlighten other jurors that victims of sexual abuse do not always have a linear and exact memory of their trauma. The defense had attacked during the trial certain testimonies, by noting inconsistencies in the accounts of the victims. The jur & oacute; said on the other hand not to remember if one asked him & eacute; if he had been victim of sexual abuse, claiming to have & ldquo; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & rsquo; & rsquo; & rsquo; the questionnaire we had given him, but he assures us that he would have answered honestly if the question had been given to him. posed.