NewsGhislaine Maxwell fights to overturn 20-year sex trafficking conviction

Ghislaine Maxwell fights to overturn 20-year sex trafficking conviction

On March 12, a request was made by Ghislaine Maxwell’s legal representative to a federal judge to overturn her 20-year prison sentence for her involvement in assisting Jeffrey Epstein in the exploitation of underage girls. Maxwell’s attorney, Diana Fabi Samson, argued before a three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York, Connecticut, and Vermont that her client should have been granted legal immunity under a previous agreement with Florida prosecutors in 2007.

The defense lawyer asserted that Maxwell’s prosecution should have been precluded based on the plea agreement made with Epstein. This agreement, according to Samson, plays a crucial role in maintaining trust between the government and its citizens regarding legal commitments. Despite Maxwell not being present at the hearing, her attorney emphasized the significance of honoring such agreements.

At the age of 62, Maxwell was sentenced in June 2022 for her involvement in Epstein’s illicit activities. Despite a prior decision by a federal judge to uphold Maxwell’s conviction, her attorney argued in a court appeal that she was treated unfairly as a “proxy” for Epstein’s wrongdoings. The defense further highlighted a juror’s failure to disclose a history of sexual abuse during the trial as a contributing factor to the lack of a fair trial.

While Maxwell’s lawyer contended that disregarding the plea agreement would damage the trust between the government and its citizens, prosecutors presented a contrasting view. They pointed out that the agreement in question was specific to Epstein and did not extend to Maxwell. Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrew Rohrbach emphasized that the agreement was solely intended to prevent prosecution of Epstein in the Southern District of Florida.

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