Ghislaine Maxwell Asks Court to Identify Victims


Summary generated on August 11, 2020

    Attorneys representing Ghislaine Maxwell in her federal criminal trial on Monday evening filed a letter motion asking a federal judge to order prosecutors to provide the identities of the three victims referenced in Maxwell's indictment so that her defense team can "Meaningfully investigate the alleged conduct."

    Attorneys Mark Cohen and Christian Everdell claimed the government turned over 13,000 non-electronic documents in their initial discovery materials, which contained records related to "One specific individual," but did not specify whether that person was one of the three victims.

    Cohen and Everdell asked the court to compel the government to identify the victims-subject to the court's non-disclosure order-or else risk denying Maxwell a fair trial.

    Because the protective order prohibits Ms. Maxwell, defense counsel, and others on the defense team from disclosing or disseminating the identity of any alleged victim or potential witness referenced in the discovery materials, the disclosure will have no impact on the privacy interests of Victims 1-3.

    To the contrary, many alleged victims have already chosen to speak on the record in criminal proceedings in the Epstein case and in this case; to file civil suits against Mr. Epstein, Ms. Maxwell and others, and to provide deposition testimony and discovery in those suits; and to give interviews to the press and other television and film productions.

    Victims 1-3 are no longer minors, but are now adults in their late 30s or early 40s, which provides additional assurance that they will be willing to appear for trial.

    "With each day that passes without knowing the identities of Victims 1-3, the defense is losing crucial time to conduct a meaningful investigation and prepare its defense so that Ms. Maxwell can receive a fair trial on the schedule set by the Court," the letter stated.

    Maxwell also asked the court to improve the conditions of her confinement and provide her increased access to discovery materials.

    "As a result of what occurred with Mr. Epstein, Ms. Maxwell is being treated worse than other similarly situated pretrial detainees, which significantly impacts her ability to prepare a defense and be ready for trial on the schedule set by the Court," her attorneys wrote.

    "Ms. Maxwell has been confined alone in an area outside of the general population for the entire 36- day period, which is over three weeks longer than the 14-day quarantine period required for all new arrivals to the MDC under current COVID-19 protocols, and there is no indication that this will change."