By Chris King • 09 February 2021 • 3:25
GHISLAINE MAXWELL Loses Bid To Stop Her Deposition Excerpt From Being Released to the public
Loretta Preska, the Manhattan-based U.S. District Judge in the Ghislaine Maxwell case, told her that the public has every right to hear a 20-line excerpt from her July 22, 2016 testimony, as the content is about massages, and not mentioning any private sexual activity of consenting adults.
Judge Preska wrote, “There is no reason not to unseal this portion of testimony. While the court acknowledges Ms. Maxwell’s interest in a fair criminal trial, Ms. Maxwell can argue all her points to the presiding judge in her criminal trial, as she has already”.
The July 22, 2016 deposition in question is the one from the now-settled civil defamation lawsuit brought by Virginia Giuffre against Maxwell, large sections of which, Judge Preska had already released, but 59-year-old Maxwell is claiming the 20 lines of testimony are the basis of one of the perjury charges against her.
She says that the transcript should be left out of her trial, claiming that the prosecutors had obtained the deposition transcript illegally, and Maxwell’s lawyers say that once that testimony is released then any argument they could put forward would be compromised.
U.S. District Judge, Alison Nathan, will be the one to decide whether to admit or suppress the deposition, with Maxwell arguing that the prosecution is only trying to convict her because they have no other target since Epstein died.
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Originally from Wales, Chris spent years on the Costa del Sol before moving to the Algarve where he is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news.
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