GHISLAINE Maxwell applied for RETRIAL weeks after her conviction, it has been reported.
Lawyers for the social networking site of Brit shamed Maxwell have asked for her sex trafficking conviction to be overturned after a juror failed to disclose that he had been sexually abused as a child before the trial. .
In a court filing on Friday, they said the retrial motion was filed confidentially, but referred to Grand Jury 50, Scotty David, Online email report.
Attorney Bobbi C. Sternheim wrote in a letter to Judge Alison Nathan: “For the reasons outlined in the Motion, we request that all submissions relating to Grand Jury No. 50 remain sealed for until the Court renders a Motion.”
It comes later Scotty David’s jury, who sat in the three-week trial in New York, revealed that he had told the jury about his own abuse as a child during deliberation, potentially influencing the verdict.
Last month, 60-year-old Maxwell was convicted of sex trafficking and beating girls for abuse by pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, with the pair being described as “accomplices in the crime”.
A jury of six women and six men found her on five of the six counts because she was not found guilty of soliciting a minor to engage in an illegal sexual act after more than 40 consideration now.
But prosecutors said earlier this month there was “irrefutable reason” for a new trial after Scotty David was hospitalized.
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David was the first of two jurors to reveal they had experienced sexual abuse and the role that sharing it played in the deliberations.
He first told DailyMail.com that he had not disclosed this history during the jury selection process because it had not been asked in the jury questionnaire.
When pointed out that question 48 out of 50 asked exactly that question, he told the publication he did not remember, but answered all questions “honestly”.
In a letter to Federal Court earlier this month, US State Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Damian Williams, wrote: “In particular, the jury described being a victim of abuse sexual use.
“Assuming the accuracy of the report, the juror asserted that he ‘skimmed through’ the prospective juror’s questionnaire and did not recall being asked if he had been a victim of abuse. sexual or not, but say ‘he will answer honestly’.”
The letter was signed by all four prosecutors and requested a hearing scheduled for the month.
When asked about Maxwell’s convictions, David previously told Independence: “For those who testified, for those who came forward and those who did not. I’m glad Maxwell was held accountable.
“This ruling shows that you can be found guilty regardless of your status.”
Prosecutors, who have requested an investigation into the jurors’ statements, will have until February 2 to respond to Maxwell’s request.
US District Judge Alison Nathan last week scheduled a Maxwell sentencing hearing for June 28.
Last month, Maxwell was found guilty of helping to lure vulnerable teenagers to Epstein’s various properties for him to sexually abuse between 1994 and 2004.
On the final day of the trial in December, Assistant U.S. Attorney Alison Moe briefed the prosecution against Maxwell, who she said was an “adult woman who preyed on children.” vulnerable”.
Prosecutors said Maxwell was a “sophisticated predator who knew exactly what she was doing” who had “run over and over with the same book”.
“She manipulates her victims and grooms them. She caused deep and lasting harm to young girls,” said Moe.
When the verdict was reached by a jury of six women and six men, Maxwell – called “dangerous” by the prosecution – showed little emotion.
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