By Ron Howells • 14 August 2021 • 7:12
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Ghislaine Maxwell loses a fresh bid to dismiss her sex trafficking charges despite Bill Cosby’s claims.
A U.S. judge has rejected Ghislaine Maxwell’s fresh bid to dismiss her sex-trafficking charges, which the longtime associate of Jeffrey Epstein claimed was justified by the recent sensational overturning of Bill Cosby’s 2018 sexual assault conviction.
U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan in Manhattan, New York, said she was not bound by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s June 30 decision to free Cosby, and that Maxwell had not been promised she would not be prosecuted, as the Pennsylvania court said Cosby had.
Nathan also threw out Maxwell’s arguments that prosecutors waited too long to charge her with sex trafficking between 2001 and 2004, saying Congress’s 2006 elimination of the statute of limitations applied retroactively.
The 59-year-old British socialite has pleaded not guilty to the eight-count indictment, which concerns her alleged efforts to find and groom underage girls for Epstein to sexually abuse between 1994 and 2004.
Maxwell is currently being held in a Brooklyn jail and faces 80 years in prison if convicted meaning she would never get out, her trial is scheduled to begin in November.
Cosby was freed from prison after Pennsylvania’s highest court said a 2005 agreement not to charge him with drugging and assaulting Andrea Constand meant he should not have been criminally charged a decade later.
Lawyers for Maxwell said her case was similar because she had been immunised under Epstein’s 2007 nonprosecution agreement (NPA) with federal prosecutors in Florida, in exchange for pleading guilty to Florida state prostitution charges.
Maxwell had testified in a since-settled $50 million civil lawsuit against her by Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre, and the lawyers said it was unfair for prosecutors to use that testimony to build their criminal case.
But Nathan said the cases weren’t the same, and adhered to her April ruling that Epstein’s agreement did not bind the Manhattan prosecutors or cover accused co-conspirators.
Cosby’s case “focused on whether prosecutors were required to honour a promise that the court found to be clear in the absence of a formal plea agreement. Even if this Court agreed with the analysis in [Cosby’s case], that opinion sheds no light on the proper interpretation of the NPA in this case,” Nathan wrote.
Giuffre has recently filed a separate civil lawsuit against Prince Andrew, accusing him of sexually assaulting her two decades ago when she was 17. The prince has previously denied her accusations of sexual abuse.
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