Ghislaine Maxwell, the alleged former madam of the late billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, asked a judge to dismiss the sex case against her for a surprising reason on Monday night.
Court filings obtained by Insider show that lawyers representing Maxwell, 58, are arguing that a judge should dismiss the charges she’s facing because the grand jury that indicted her came from a pool of jurors that were not diverse enough since they lived in the New York suburb of White Plains instead of Manhattan.
“The government procured Ms. Maxwell’s indictment using a grand jury pool that excluded residents of the community in which Ms. Maxwell allegedly committed the offenses with which she is charged, and in which she will be tried, in favor of a grand jury drawn from a community in which Black and Hispanic residents are significantly underrepresented by comparison,” Maxwell’s lawyers said in the filing.
Maxwell was arrested back in July and hit with six charges related to her allegedly grooming young girls for sex with Epstein, and sometimes participating in the abuse herself. She has since been remanded to prison until her trial, which is scheduled to take place in July, after a judge deemed her to be a significant flight risk given her immense wealth and international connections.
Maxwell’s attorneys have unsuccessfully tried to get her set free on bail three times, with them being denied each time. They are also arguing that the charges against Maxwell should be dismissed because they happened in the 1990s, making the facts behind the case difficult to prove.
If Judge Alison Nathan decides not to dismiss all charges against Maxwell, the British socialite’s lawyers are asking her to at least dismiss one. The attorneys have argued that two of the counts, “enticing minors to travel to engage in illegal sexual activity” and “transporting minors with intent to engage in illegal sexual activity,” are basically the same thing. Including both of them violates Constitution’s double jeopardy clause, according to Maxwell’s lawyers.
In addition, Maxwell’s attorneys say that the perjury charges against her need to be handled in a separate trial. She’s been accused of lying about her history with Epstein in a deposition for a separate defamation lawsuit with Virginia Roberts Giuffre, one of the billionaire’s alleged victims.
“The Court and the jury and the Court will have to resolve numerous complex legal and factual issues in connection with the perjury charges that will lengthen and complicate the trial, raise a substantial risk of juror confusion, and may operate to deprive Ms. Maxwell of her counsel of choice,” Maxwell’s lawyers argued.