They got Ghislaine Maxwell but she just drove the get-away car. What about the bank robbers? Seems Biden DOJ not interested in going there.
Ghislaine Maxwell, a British socialite and former partner of US financier Jeffrey Epstein, was convicted on Wednesday of engaging in child sex trafficking. Maxwell, 60, was found guilty on five of the six charges brought against her in a New York City court.
That could carry a sentence of up to 40 years, which means she could spend the rest of her life behind bars. In general, she could be sentenced to up to 65 years in prison. Her legal team said she would appeal to another higher court.
After the verdict was read in court, Maxwell poured himself a glass of water and took two sips.
The most serious charges, accusations of sex trafficking by Epstein to abuse minors, relate to the testimony of Caroline, who testified during the trial that she visited Epstein between 2001 and 2004. She was paid for sex trafficking in her home. in Florida.
Caroline was only 14 years old when she first visited.
One of Jeffrey Epstein’s accusers, Theresa Hulme, praised the women who testified.
“Justice prevails today,” Hulme told the BBC. “Ghislaine Maxwell doesn’t get another chance to take anything away from anyone.”
Compelling Testimony Leads to Conviction of Ghislaine Maxwell for Sex Trafficking
Four women testified at trial. They all said that Epstein abused them before their 18th birthday, which Maxwell asked them to do, facilitated the abuse and even had sexual contact.
Epstein is accused of paying girls under the age of 18 to perform sexual acts at his mansions in Manhattan and Florida.
He was arrested on July 6, 2019, after landing on a private plane in New Jersey. He had previously avoided conviction on similar charges in a controversial secret deal in 2008 in which he agreed to plead guilty to lesser charges.
Prosecutors described Epstein and Maxwell as “partners in crime.”
Epstein committed suicide in his New York prison cell on August 10, 2019, while awaiting trial on sex trafficking and conspiracy charges. He is 66 years old.
The billionaire has pleaded not guilty. If he is convicted, he faces up to 45 years in prison.
Before the criminal case against him, he was known for his wealth and high-profile connections.
He is often seen mingling with the rich and powerful, including former Presidents Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, as well as Britain’s Prince Andrew.
“Relief” among the victims
Anne Farmer, one of Maxwell and Epstein’s victims, said the verdict brought “comfort” to survivors.
“I am relieved and grateful,” said the woman, who was the only person to testify in court using her real name.
For Farmer, the jury’s decision demonstrates that while both perpetrators have money and power, no one is above the law.
Meanwhile, lawyers representing another victim, Jane, thanked the court for recognizing Maxwell’s “important role in helping Epstein” and praised the women who have come forward in recent weeks.
“Strong women survivors of the abuse of Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein can sleep better tonight knowing the justice system got it right,” said Robert Glassman.
Gloria Allred, another lawyer representing several of Epstein’s attackers, told the BBC the results sent a message to other sexual predators preying on vulnerable young women.
“He can be charged, he can be prosecuted and he could end up with life in prison,” she said.
Virginia Giuffre, one of the most outspoken victims of Maxwell and Epstein in the media, commented that she “will always remember this day.”
“After experiencing the horrors of Maxwell’s abuse, my heart goes out to the many other girls and young women who suffered at his hands and had their lives destroyed,” she said.
Giuffre previously claimed that she was forced to have sex with Prince Andrew three times. The Duke of York denies the allegations.