Judge Smacks Down Ghislaine Maxwell – Rejects Her Request To Keep Explosive Documents Sealed
Ghislaine Maxwell just suffered yet another setback in court when a judge rejected her latest attempt to delay the unsealing of some explosive court documents after her lawyers claimed to have “critical new information” that could affect both her criminal sex trafficking case and her civil defamation case.
Daily Mail reported that New York judge Loretta Preska denied Maxwell’s request, writing that the 58 year-old British socialite “knows, her ipse dixit does not provide compelling grounds for relief.” This is a latin term that means making an assertion without proof.
On Monday night, Maxwell’s attorneys had tried to delay the unsealing of documents from a defamation suit brought against her by the late billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s “sex slave” Virginia Roberts Giuffre back in 2015. Though the legal team did not elaborate on what exactly they had found, they said it came to their attention last Friday and that it was subject to a court protective order.
This came one month after Preska ordered a number of court documents to be unsealed, and more of these documents are set to be unsealed in the weeks to come. Maxwell’s team managed to keep the documents sealed for a bit longer after a flurry of last-minute court filings, most notably keeping hidden her deposition and that of a Jane Doe’s.
On Monday, Maxwell’s lawyers also wrote a letter to the judge asking that she be moved out of solitary confinement, complaining about the conditions she has been forced to live in since being arrested in July. In this letter, Maxwell’s team whined about the “onerous” conditions she’s faced in prison, including 24/7 camera surveillance and guards taking notes on her every move.
“It has become apparent that the BOP’s treatment of Ms. Maxwell is a reaction to the circumstances surrounding the pretrial detention and death of Mr. Epstein,” the lawyers argued in the court filing. “As a result of what occurred with Mr. Epstein, Ms. Maxwell is being treated worse than other similarly situated pretrial detainees.”
The attorneys claimed that this has all affected Maxwell’s ability to adequately prepare her own defense, which is why they want her to be “released to the general population and be granted the privileges given to other pretrial detainees.” In addition, they want her to be given more computer time so that she can review the mass of documents in her case.