The prosecution in the Ghislaine Maxwell trial is now coming under fire for only putting 4 victims on the stand.
Attorney Adam Horowitz, who has represented many Epstein victims, said that he didn’t think the prosecution put “as much evidence forward as I thought they would have.”
Now that the Ghislaine Maxwell sex-trafficking trial is in the hands of the jury, lawyers representing some of Epstein’s accusers are asking why just four victims were called by prosecutors (led by the daughter of former FBI Director James Comey).
“They had a mountain of evidence that they could have brought,” said attorney Adam Horowitz, who has represented several Epstein victims, noting that the prosecution “had a very difficult burden and didn’t seem to put on as much evidence forward as I thought they would have.”
If convicted, the British socialite faces up to 40 years in prison. Her lawyers argued that she’s being scapegoated for Epstein’s crimes.
“An acquittal wouldn’t surprise me,” said Horowitz. “It’s a difficult case and [the prosecution] put on some really good witnesses, but the defense did a good a job poking holes in some of them.”
Robert Lewis, who represents Sarah Ransome, an Epstein victim who has attended the trial but is not testifying, also thinks Maxwell’s lawyers made some inroads with jurors.
“The defense has readied some interesting questions” that the jury will need to discuss, he said. “Some of them might be inclined to acquittal.”
The lawyers said the defense was relying on an age-old “play-book” of discrediting the four victims who testified. On cross-examination, Maxwell’s lawyers questioned them about inconsistencies between their trial testimony and previous accounts they’ve given to law enforcement or in civil suits. For instance, Carolyn, who testified using only her first name was asked why she said in a lawsuit that Epstein called her on one occasion but attributed the same call to Maxwell on the stand. -Bloomberg
The daughter of James Comey is the lead prosecutor in the Ghislaine Maxwell case:
A report recently surfaced that stated Ghislaine Maxwell could start naming names if convicted.
What is going on here?