The previous British socialite had contested the July 12 trial date after she was hit with a superseding indictment in late March. Maxwell’s attorneys referred to as the federal government’s timing “apparent tactical gamesmanship” and had stated they wanted extra than simply over three months to arrange her protection. However prosecutors opposed any delay.
Choose Alison Nathan, who had admitted to contemplating the protection’s request, has ordered the events to confer and give you proposed dates for this fall.
“The Court docket concludes that the pursuits of justice justify granting a brief continuance, the choose wrote in her ruling, “Such an adjournment would plainly give the protection crew enough time to arrange for trial in gentle of the extra expenses contained within the S2 indictment whereas additionally making certain that the trial proceeds with out undue delay.”
The choose gave no room for any additional delays.
On March 29, prosecutors unsealed a brand new indictment charging Maxwell with two extra counts of intercourse trafficking regarding a brand new accuser. The brand new expenses declare Maxwell groomed and sex-trafficked a 14-year-old woman for former boyfriend Jeffrey Epstein to abuse between 2001 and 2004 at his Palm Seashore property in Florida.
Epstein, a financier and registered intercourse offender, was discovered unresponsive in a cell at New York’s Metropolitan Correctional Middle in August of 2019, whereas he was awaiting trial on intercourse trafficking expenses.
Based on the federal government, the trial is estimated to final about 4 weeks. Maxwell, Epstein’s alleged madam, at her attorneys’ request, must later face a second prison trial in Manhattan Federal Court docket after Choose Nathan beforehand dominated to separate the perjury expenses towards her from the sexual misconduct case.
Maxwell, 59, is charged with recruiting, grooming and trafficking women to be sexually abused by Epstein within the 1990s by way of 2004 and for mendacity below oath. She’s being held at Metropolitan Detention Middle in Brooklyn, New York.