Ghislaine Maxwell attends day 1 of the 4th Annual WIE Symposium at Center 548 on September 20, 2013 in New York City.
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British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell on Tuesday misplaced her bid to be transferred from solitary confinement into the general inmate population of the Brooklyn jail where she is being held on charges of abetting Jeffrey Epstein’s sexual abuse of underage girls.
Manhattan federal courtroom Judge Alison Nathan additionally denied a request by Maxwell’s legal professionals to order that the U.S. Bureau of Prisons monitor her in the identical method that the company screens different detainees in that jail.
Maxwell’s legal professionals have argued that her potential to put together for trial is being hampered by the truth that she is being held beneath strict restrictions, which embody being carefully watched by, amongst different folks, BOP psychologists.
Nathan, in her denial Tuesday, wrote that Maxwell “has provided the Court with no evidence, and no reason to believe, that the surveillance measures are motivated by improper purposes.”
Nathan additionally rejected a request by protection legal professionals that prosecutors be compelled to disclose the identities of three women whose claims of being abused by Epstein after Maxwell recruited them as underage ladies kind the premise of the pending legal prices towards her.
The choose stated that that request for disclosure was “premature” within the case, which is scheduled to go to trial subsequent yr.
Maxwell, 58, is being held with out bail on prices associated to her alleged recruitment and grooming of women to be sexually abused by the rich cash supervisor Epstein, typically together with her participation, at a number of places within the mid-1990s.
One of the alleged victims was simply 14 years outdated on the time she was recruited.
Maxwell is also charged with perjury for allegedly falsely denying whereas beneath oath for depositions in a civil lawsuit her alleged conduct as his procurer.
She was arrested in early July at a million-dollar hideaway in New Hampshire on the fees, which had been filed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.
Maxwell has pleaded not responsible within the case, which has drawn worldwide consideration for, amongst different issues, Maxwell’s and Epstein’s past friendships with Presidents Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, in addition to with Prince Andrew and different celebrities.
Epstein died last August from what has officially been ruled a suicide by hanging within the Manhattan federal jail where he was being held on child sex trafficking charges associated to abuse of dozens of women from 2002 by means of 2005.
On Aug. 10, Maxwell’s legal professionals wrote Nathan, looking for the choose’s “assistance to improve Ms. Maxwell’s conditions of confinement at the Metropolitan Detention Center … and her access to the discovery in this case, so that she can meaningfully participate in her defense.” Discovery is proof that’s turned over to events in a authorized case.
“Ms. Maxwell has been treated less favorably than a typical pretrial detainee, and this has impacted her ability to assist in her defense,” the legal professionals wrote.
“It has become apparent that the BOP’s treatment of Ms. Maxwell is a reaction to the circumstances surrounding the pretrial detention and death of Mr. Epstein.”
The letter went on to say that due to “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.”
Defense legal professionals advised Nathan that “Ms. Maxwell has been held under uniquely onerous conditions,” which embody being confined exterior the general population of the MDC.
“She continues to be surveilled 24 hours a day by security cameras and by multiple prison guards, many of whom do not appear to be regular MDC personnel,” the legal professionals wrote.
“These prison guards constantly observe Ms. Maxwell and take notes on her every activity, including her phone conversations with defense counsel.”
The letter stated that till not too long ago, Maxwell had been subjected to suicide watch protocols, which included being compelled to put on particular clothes, and to being woken up each few hours every night time.
“Her cell is searched multiple times a day and she has been forced to undergo numerous body scans,” the letters stated.
Last week, in one other courtroom submitting, Maxwell’s legal professionals advised Nathan, “The defense recently learned that some of these prison guards were, in fact, BOP psychologists who were observing Ms. Maxwell and evaluating her for hours each day without her knowledge.”
“We are aware of no other pretrial detainee receiving such treatment,” the legal professionals added.
Nathan, in rejecting the request to order BOP to shift Maxwell into the jail’s general population, wrote, “The BOP is providing the Defendant with conditions that allow her access to discovery materials so that she can meaningfully participate in the preparation of her defense.”
“Further action by the Court as this juncture is therefore unnecessary,” Nathan wrote.
But the choose added that if “facts on the ground change such that the Defendant is not being provided sufficient access to her legal materials, defense counsel may seek intervention by the Court.”
The choose additionally wrote, in addressing the monitoring of Maxwell by the BOP, that the company has a “duty to ensure the safety and security of the Defendant.”