On Friday, prosecutors in New York urged Judge Alison Nathan to keep former Jeffrey Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell behind bars, and deny a recent bail proposal that totaled nearly $30 million.
In a filing with the U.S. District Court in Manhattan, prosecutors said Maxwell has essentially rehashed previously rejected arguments for bail, and that she remains an “extreme flight risk” from “incredibly serious” charges, Reuters reported on Friday.
“Nothing in the renewed bail application alters the analysis that led this court to conclude that the defendant ‘poses a substantial actual risk of flight,’ and that no combination of conditions could assure her appearance,” prosecutors said in their ruling.
Maxwell faces up to 35 years in prison if convicted at her scheduled July 2021 trial.
Maxwell’s bail application said she “vehemently maintains her innocence” against allegations she assisted Epstein in his crimes.
Maxwell’s defense team was hoping to keep the details of the bond’s co-signers private, due to fears that they would be harassed by members of the public.
“They are legitimately afraid if their identities become public, they will be subjected to the same relentless media scrutiny and threats that Ms. Maxwell has experienced for more than a year,” Maxwell’s attorney’s argued in a bail request.
However, it was ultimately revealed that her husband, who was putting up much of the money, is tech CEO Scott Borgerson.
In her second longshot bid for bail, Ghislaine Maxwell claimed she won't flee because she has a secret husband
She told authorities they're getting divorced, prosecutors just revealed.
— Adam Klasfeld (@KlasfeldReports) December 18, 2020
While it was suspected that she and Borgerson were married, she refused to reveal his name at an initial bail hearing this summer. An additional portion of the bail would have come from Ghislaine’s brothers, Kevin, and Ian Maxwell.
Maxwell seemed confident about the proposal, but prosecutors are doing everything they can to prevent her release.
In a letter to the court this month, Maxwell attorney Bobbi Sternheim argued that her client was being mistreated in custody because officials at a different prison failed to keep Jeffrey Epstein safe last year.
“The conditions under which she is detained are punitive, unwarranted, deleteriously impacting her ability to prepare her defense, and interfering with counsel’s ability to provide the legal representation to which she, and any other detainee, deserves,” Sternheim said, according to News Week.
She also claimed that Maxwell is starting to lose her hair and has lost a significant amount of weight while she has been behind bars.
“It is obvious that Ms Maxwell is bearing the brunt of BOP [Board of Prisons] incompetence,” Sternheim said.
“The Department of Justice is seeking to repair the BOP’s tarnished reputation by placing Ms. Maxwell under extraordinarily harsh conditions, not in any response to Ms. Maxwell’s requirements, but rather in response to the failed handling of a completely different inmate,” she added.
At first, Maxwell’s clothes were taken away, and she was forced to wear paper gowns as a precaution, so she didn’t have any materials that she could use to hang herself with.
Maxwell’s was later allowed to wear normal prison clothes and is now no longer considered a suicide risk, but authorities are still taking extreme measures, according to her attorneys.
In court last month, her attorneys argued that she is having her sleep interrupted by guards with flashlights every 15 minutes. The guards are apparently checking to make sure that she’s still breathing.
Maxwell is under constant video surveillance, even during her meetings with attorneys. She has also complained about being held in solitary confinement and asked to be moved in with the general prison population, but her request was denied for her own safety.
How can anyone vanish and hide from the world for almost a year?
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