Teenage sex trafficker and former socialite Maxwell has argued that her treatment in prison was so bad that she should be given more time to her sentence
Convicted teenage sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell is demanding extra time be deducted from her sentence because she doesn’t like the harsh prison conditions.
In a sentencing note to the judge, Maxwell’s attorneys wrote: “The disparity between Ms. Maxwell’s isolation and the typical conditions of confinement is so marked that they differ not only in degree but also in type.
“That distinction requires a different calibration, where each day spent in isolation should result in an improved time account.”
They also allege that a senior prison guard told Maxwell about concerns she would be “shot by a sniper.”
Prosecutors insist she should face up to 55 years in prison for the “shockingly rapacious” crimes for which she has accepted no responsibility.
Your sentence will be automatically reduced by 22 months because of the pre-trial detention.
But the former socialite argues she should only be detained for a total of “51 to 63 months” because of the harsh conditions at New York’s Metropolitan Detention Center.
The 60-year-old will be sentenced Tuesday after being found guilty of recruiting and grooming young girls for Jeffrey Epstein’s sexual abuse.
She was convicted in December of five counts of sex trafficking and other crimes for recruiting and grooming teenage girls for the American financier, who committed suicide in prison while awaiting trial.
Over the weekend, Maxwell was placed on suicide watch and allegedly put in a “suicide gown” after expressing fears that guards were “threatening her safety”.
Her legal team has argued that if her prison conditions meant she could not prepare for the hearing, they would seek an adjournment.
But government attorneys urged Judge Alison Nathan not to hesitate.
If Maxwell is sentenced to more than three years, after 36 months in US prison she can apply to serve her remaining time in the UK.
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Her victim, Virginia Giuffre, 38, will address a statement to the New York court about the impact.
She will say the Brit “used her womanhood” to get her to give in to Epstein and her sick fantasies of abuse.
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Their testimony reads: “Together you have harmed me physically, mentally, sexually and emotionally.
“I would never have met Jeffrey Epstein without you.”
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Prince Andrew has settled a civil sexual abuse lawsuit against him at the hands of Ms Giuffre for an unconfirmed sum.
He has vehemently denied the allegations and his settlement included no admission of wrongdoing.
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