There could potentially be more charges coming in the Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell sex trafficking case, Miami Herald reported.
In a filing filed on Friday, federal prosecutors expressed within the document that the federal grand jury investigation into Epstein, his alleged madam Ghislaine Maxwell and their potential co-conspirators is ongoing, the news agency wrote.
Maxwell was arrested and charged in July in the Southern District of New York with four counts of sex trafficking of a minor stemming from allegedly recruiting and grooming at least three girls between 1994 and 1997 for Epstein to abuse, as Anewspost reported.
Anewspost further reported that Maxwell also stands accused of participating in the abuse of at least one of the victims, who claims that Maxwell raped her repeatably. Maxwell as also accused in Virginia Giuffre's deposition of participating in orgies with Epstein.
Giuffre alleges that Epstein kept her as a 'sex slave' with Maxwell's assistance.
Maxwell is seeking to use what her lawyers have described as “critical new information” that they obtained from the government in the criminal case to block the release of her 2016 deposition from a separate civil defamation suit that was brought by Virginia Giuffre, an alleged victim of Epstein and Maxwell, in 2015. The case was actually settled in 2017 for an undisclosed sum however media organizations then sued for documents in the case to be made public reopening the case.
Federal prosecutors argued in the recent filing on Friday that if Maxwell gains permission to release the information she’d like to put forth it would endanger their ongoing investigation.
“It would be grossly inappropriate for defense counsel to be permitted to sift through the criminal case discovery and cherry-pick materials they may believe could provide some advantage in their efforts to defend against accusations of abuse by victim plaintiffs, delay court-ordered disclosure of previously sealed materials, or any other legal effort the defendant may be undertaking at any particular time,” the prosecutors wrote.
It's unknown whether that investigation could potentially lead to more charges against Maxwell, charges against other people within Epstein and Maxwell's network, or charges against their high profile friends who were involved in the abuse.
“As the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York has stated publicly, the investigation into the conduct of the defendant in this case and other possible co-conspirators of Jeffrey Epstein remains active,” prosecutors wrote. “The full scope and details of that investigation, however, have not been made public.”
Maxwell's lawyers argue that the release of her deposition could damage her chances at a fair trial, due to the negative publicity that would follow. “If the unsealing order goes into effect, it will forever let the cat out of the bag,” the lawyers said, warning that “intimate, sensitive, and personal information” about Maxwell might “spread like wildfire across the Internet.”
Reuters reports, that her lawyers also argued an unsealing would "let the cat out of the bag" and cause irreversible and unconstitutional negative publicity, as well as undermine the “truth-seeking function” of Maxwell’s trial by leading witnesses to “recast their memories of events from decades ago.”
It's not surprising that Maxwell's lawyers would seek to try to prevent victims from recasting their memories or telling their tale during a trial. As John Vibes reported for Anewspost, lawyers for Maxwell attempted to silence Jeffrey Epstein’s victims through the courts, by requesting that a judge block the victims from posting about evidence from the criminal case online. The terms proposed by Maxwell’s legal team also attempted to dictate which evidence could be seen in court.
“There is a substantial concern that these individuals will seek to use discovery materials to support their civil cases and future public statements,” the lawyers wrote, according to The Guardian.
Maxwell’s lawyers asked the appeals court for permission to seal more than 1,000 pages of additional materials, which include her deposition, filed with the appeal.
Some documents from the defamation case were released last month when Judge Loretta Preska ordered that 80 documents or hundreds of pages would be made public, Anewspost previously reported. During the court hearing at Manhattan’s federal court, Judge Loretta Preska ruled Maxwell’s right to privacy was outweighed by the need for the documents to become public.
Anewspost previously reported that Bill Clinton was seen with at least two young girls according to Giuffre’s testimony. Giuffre’s testimony also included a 139-page document titled: “The Billionaire’s Playboy Club” in which she accused Prince Andrew of groping her and another girl. All of the accused have denied allegations.
The files didn’t just include testimonies naming names by Giuffre, they included personal emails between Epstein and Maxwell, as well as information from a discussion between Giuffre and her lawyer as Anewspost previously reported. Maxwell’s attorney’s earlier argued that the records should be kept under seal, stating it was a “personal intrusion into her sex life.” Her lawyers also expressed that the files were “extremely personal, confidential and subject to considerable abuse by the media”.
Maxwell is separately seeking to have prosecutors identify her three accusers of her indictment and challenging her confinement conditions at the Brooklyn jail.
Prosecutors say they are protecting the identities of sexual assault victims and are under no legal obligation to identify them.
In the past, Maxwell’s lawyer, Jeff Pagliuca, even went as far as outlining seven categories which he believes prosecutors, the FBI, and victims’ lawyers should be banned from talking about when referencing Maxwell’s case. This list includes the “character or reputation of the accused” and “any opinion as to the accused’s guilt or innocence or as to the merits of the case or the evidence in the case.”
Pagliuca further stated the case was inappropriately handled with the raid at Maxwell’s $1 million home in New Hampshire on July 2nd. Adding, Maxwell was apprehended “without notice.” Someone should probably tell Pagliuca and the rest of Maxwell's lawyers that they are trying to defend an accused pedophile and silence alleged victims from speaking out about their horrific experiences.
Pagliuca wrote: "Because plain vanilla surrenders lack the fanfare and attendant media coverage afforded to secret, armed, raids at dawn, the Government chose to invade Ms. Maxwell’s New Hampshire residence, arrest her, and stage a media presentation that included numerous statements that prejudice Ms. Maxwell’s right to a fair trial."
Frankly, it's quite appalling to watch lawyers attempt to prevent victims of sex trafficking from speaking and getting well-deserved justice. But what's more shocking is the attempts to hide evidence in their favor to shield their client whom they know has a plethora of evidence against her proving guilt, asking for a "fair trial." Suppressing evidence and trying to silence victims from speaking, as well as the media from reporting, isn't a fair trial that's anything but and it's utterly disturbing lawyers would go to these lengths for an accused pedophile and procurer of children.
Maxwell is indicted under six counts in Manhattan federal court by a secret Grand Jury the charges allege that Maxwell helped Epstein groom girls as young as 14 years old, going back as far as 1994. The indictment admonitions include – conspiracy to entice minors, transporting minors, and perjury. As Anewspost reported, Maxwell has pleaded not guilty set to have her trial next July in 2021.