According to a lawyer for Jeffrey Epstein victims, Ghislaine Maxwell’s bid for a retrial in her sex trafficking case is “not so easy” to achieve.
Maxwell was convicted of grooming girls for Epstein to sexually abuse during a trial in December 2021 but the case was thrown into turmoil when a juror claimed that he was a sexual abuse survivor.
Jurors completed a questionnaire which asked whether they had any experience of sexual assault. Maxwell’s lawyers applied for a retrial suggesting they believe that the juror did not answer accurately.
A lawyer who represented 20 Epstein victims said that an inaccurate answer to the question may not be enough to overturn the guilty verdict.
He said: “This juror issue raises some serious concerns about whether she got a fair trial. As much as I’m a victim advocate, I’m certainly very protective of our criminal justice system. The Sixth Amendment gives her the right to an impartial jury so at the very least juror 50’s revelations post-trial really do raise some serious concerns. That being said, the standard is not so easy to overturn a conviction. The judge has to be pretty convinced that this juror engaged in some sort of intentionally misleading conduct and that is yet to be determined.”
Sources: NY Daily News, MSN
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