A judge disputed Ghislaine Maxwell’sfor a new trial and dismissed her claim of jury bias. Maxwell filed the motion in January after a man on the jury made the motion She of the sex trade late last year revealed he was a victim of childhood sexual abuse, something he failed to disclose during the jury’s selection.
“In summary, the court concludes that the evidence on file does not support a finding that juror 50 was biased,” US Circuit Judge Alison J. Nathan wrote Friday. “The testimony of 50 jurors revealed no actual bias. And Jury 50 was not biased by implication or inference.”
Nathan said the man was distracted while answering the jury questionnaire and “was not a victim or otherwise involved in the actual crimes.
The juror had previously told the judge he “scanned the questionnaire far too quickly” and did not intentionally give the wrong answer to a question about sexual abuse.
“I didn’t lie to get on this jury,” he said.
“His failure to disclose his past sexual abuse during the jury selection process was very unfortunate but not intentional,” the judge wrote. “The court further concludes that juror 50 had no bias against the defendant and was able to serve as a fair and impartial jury.”
Maxwell, a British socialite, was convicted in December for helping the millionairesexually abused several teenage girls. in what was ruled a suicide in his Manhattan jail cell in August 2019.
Maxwell’s sentencing is scheduled for June 28, the judge wrote on Friday.
In a letter to Nathan in January, Maxwell’s attorneys said that “based on undisputed, publicly available information, the court can and should order a new trial without an evidentiary hearing.”
In return, the judge set a timeline for the defense to request a new trial, saying she should file the request by January 19, with prosecutors expected to respond by February 2. She asked them to address whether “some sort of investigation” was permissible or required. Nathan also said she would provide a court-appointed attorney for the jury.
The judge’s order came after defense attorneys said Maxwell “intended to file for a new trial,” with a bill that would contain all of the jury’s known uncontested remarks, along with recorded statements and the questionnaire completed by all jurors.
“Ms. Maxwell is clear that based on these records alone, a new trial is required,” they said at the time, demanding that all trial jurors be examined to assess their conduct if a hearing is held.