Feds Ordered to Name Ghislaine Maxwell's Elite Co-Conspirators in Epstein Trial
Prosecutors must 'disclose all co-conspirator statements'
Federal prosecutors have been ordered to reveal the names of the alleged co-conspirators who will testify at Ghislaine Maxwell’s upcoming Epstein trial.
Maxwell was charged with procuring underage girls to be sexually abused by sex trafficker and pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, who died while awaiting trafficking charges in a Manhattan jail in 2019.
Maxwell pleaded not guilty to sex trafficking conspiracy charges.
The Epstein madam has been in custody at a federal prison since being arrested in July last year.
Earlier this month, Judge Allison Nathan said Maxwell had a right to know the “identities of any unnamed co-conspirators” so she could “adequately prepare her defenses,” the New York Post reported.
Prosecutors must “disclose all co-conspirator statements it intends to offer at trial,” Nathan decided.
But claims that revealing identities could cause “potential danger to co-conspirators” or risk “compromising continuing investigations" were rejected by the judge.
“The Government provides no explanation for this purported harm, and none is apparent to the Court,” Nathan wrote.
“Thus, the Court finds that this concern alone does not outweigh the risk of surprise to the Defendant in this case or the need for the parties to litigate co-conspirator issues in advance of trial to ensure the absence of delay.”
Maxwell requested prosecutors name the two co-conspirators described in their indictment.
In a separate case, Maxwell also faces perjury charges for allegedly lying in a deposition in a civil case filed by Virginia Giuffre, who claimed Royal Prince Andrew sexually abused her.
Giuffre sued under New York’s Child Victims Act, a 2019 law giving survivors of childhood sexual abuse a window to sue their alleged abusers over conduct that occurred many years or decades earlier.
U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan, who oversees Giuffre’s lawsuit, has urged both sides not to dwell on “technicalities” and instead to focus on the case’s substance.
“I can see a lot of legal fees being spent and time being expended and delay, which ultimately may not be terribly productive for anyone,” Kaplan said at a Sept. 13 hearing.
Neon Nettle reported that Andrew was officially served papers in the case alleging he raped a minor multiple times after he was trafficked to him by Epstein.
In a filing with the U.S. District Court in Manhattan, lawyers for Virginia Giuffre, the child sex slave raped by Prince Andrew and others, said they successfully sent the civil lawsuit to the prince’s Los Angeles-based lawyer Andrew Brettler by email and FedEx.
Under federal rules, the Duke of York has 21 days to respond or could face a default judgment.