A federal judge is ordering prosecutors of longtime Jeffrey Epstein ‘madame’ Ghislane Maxwell to disclose the identities of alleged Maxwell co-conspirators they intend to quote at trial, in a development that could shine new light on rich and powerful individuals involved in Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking empire.
Maxwell’s attorneys have sought for co-conspirators that prosecutors intend to quote as evidence to be publicly named, allowing them to question their standing and credibility. In a pre-trial ruling on Friday, Judge Alison Nathan required the prosecutors charging Maxwell to reveal the names of those who would submit co-conspirator statements in the case, in which they’d presumably admit to working with Maxwell in Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking activities.
Judge Nathan’s ruling will require the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York to disclose co-conspirator statements to the court and the defense, preventing Maxwell’s lawyers from what they’ve argued would amount to a “trial by ambush.”
Prosecutors intend to introduce co-conspirator statements from two individuals during trial proceedings. Judge Nathan’s ruling rejected arguments from SDNY prosecutors that naming co-conspirators would jeopardize their safety or compromise ongoing criminal investigations.
“The government argues that there is no risk of surprise because ‘it currently intends’ to introduce the alleged co-conspirator statements of only two individuals,” the ruling states. “At the same time, however, the Government proffers that it ‘may change its view as it prepares for trial.
The Court thus finds the Government’s reassurance hollow and insufficient to ensure that the Defendant may adequately prepare her defenses.”
It’s possible that Maxwell’s trial could feature co-conspirator statements from individuals involved in Epstein’s sex crimes- seeking leniency in return for providing testimony on Maxwell.
US oligarch Bill Clinton is a longtime associate of both Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislane Maxwell, having met with the latter even after Epstein’s child prostitution conviction in 2008. No less than three credible witnesses- two with verified links to Epstein’s “Pedophile Island” of Little St. James-attest to Clinton traveling to the island, an accusation that Clinton has strenuously denied.
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