マクスウェル, 60, was found guilty on 29 December by a federal jury on five charges, 含む 性的人身売買 for the recruitment and grooming of four girls between 1994 そして 2004 for sexual encounters with her former boyfriend and “partner in crime” ジェフリーエプスタイン.
Maxwell’s attorneys said on Saturday the socialite had been placed on suicide watch despite not being at risk of self-harm.
Bobby Sternheim said that she had been “abruptly removed” from the general prison population and denied access to toothpaste, soap, legal papers, and any clothes except a protective “suicide smock”, rendering her unable to review documents relating to her sentencing.
Federal prosecutors have sought a 30-55 year sentence for Maxwell, who was convicted of recruiting and grooming girls as young as 14 to be abused by Epstein.
Maxwell’s lawyers have asked the judge to give her only 4-5 刑務所での年, arguing that her difficult childhood made her susceptible to Epstein’s influence.
Statements from seven victims submitted to the court called Maxwell “dangerous and devious”.
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Inmate praises ‘genuine and kind’ Ghislaine Maxwell
An inmate at the Metropolitan Detention Center says Ghislaine Maxwell has volunteered to teach yoga and English to prisoners in her unit.
The letter signed by Tatiana Venegas was submitted by Maxwell’s lawyers ahead of her sentencing on Tuesday.
“When Ghislaine Maxwell first arrived in the unit, she introduced herself to everyone with a handshake. ‘Hi, I’m Maxwell’ she says with a smile genuine and kind.
“It took some of us by surprise. Within one week of Maxwell arriving, she had volunteered to teach ESL, teach yoga, and help women with their GED (adult learning programme).」
Maxwell has been jailed in the detention center in Brooklyn since her arrest in July 2020.
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Prosecutors say Ghislaine Maxwell sentencing should proceed
In a new filing on Monday morning, prosecutors argue that Maxwell’s sentencing should not be delayed even though she has been placed on suicide watch.
Maxwell still has access to all of her legal documents and can be visited by her attorneys, according to a letter submitted by US Attorney for the Southern District of New York Damian Williams.
They said the both the warden and chief psychologist at the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) in Brooklyn have confirmed that Maxwell is able to “continue to prepare for sentencing unencumbered”.
“While she claimed to the (Bureau of Prisons Inspector General’s Office) to be in fear for her safety, she refused to tell psychology staff what that fear is.
“Given the defendant’s inconsistent accounts to the (Inspector General) and to psychology staff, the Chief Psychologist assesses the defendant to be at additional risk of self- harm, as it appears she may be attempting to be transferred to a single cell where she can engage in self-harm.
“The defendant will remain on suicide watch until the MDC assesses that she is no longer at heightened risk of self-harm.”
Judge Alison Nathan is expected to issue a ruling on whether the sentencing can go ahead.
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“Ghislaine Maxwell sexually exploited young girls for years. It is difficult to overstate the magnitude of her crimes and the harm she caused. Her crimes demand justice,” prosecutors wrote in a filing ahead of the sentencing.
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