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The jury that has in its hands the verdict for the case of Ghislaine Maxwell, former right-hand woman of tycoon Jeffrey Epstein, who is accused of collaborating with him in several episodes of sexual abuse of minors, will not pronounce its verdict until next week.
The arguments of the defense and the prosecution were pronounced last Monday, and since the afternoon of that day the case passed into the hands of the jury, which was initially expected to leave ready its verdict before the 24th, a holiday in New York.
But the two full days of deliberations (16 hours in total) were not enough for the twelve jurors to reach an agreement on the six charges against Maxwell, and when Judge Alison Nathan proposed to reconvene tomorrow, a working day, they declined and preferred to meet again on Monday.
In other words, during the next four days of Christmas break, the twelve jurors agree not to talk to each other, but also not to discuss the subject of the trial with their respective environments, which is difficult to imagine in the family or social gatherings that these dates bring.
Likewise, they must not expose themselves to written or televised information, or even social networks, which could contaminate their opinion on the case.
In the past two days, the jurors have asked to see again the testimonies of the four main witnesses, those who claim to have been victims of sexual abuse by Epstein with the help of Maxwell, and have also asked to have access to the FBI reports when he interrogated them at the time.
For specialists who have followed the trial in detail, this seems to indicate that the jury is leaning towards the thesis of the defense —which in its closing arguments stressed the contradictions between the victims’ statements to the FBI and to the court—something that seems to support the triumphalist gestures that the defense lawyers exchanged yesterday.
In any case, Ghislaine Maxwell, 59 years old and remanded in custody since the summer of 2020, can be convicted or acquitted on all or only on one of the six charges against her, some of them relating to only one of the victims, but others, such as charge number 5, are more serious because it includes “conspiring to engage in sex trafficking with individuals under 18”, and involves several victims.