Lawyers who represent Epstein prosecutor Virginia Giuffre have to destroy evidence from their case against Ghislaine Maxwell after they have not been given proper access to documents
- Lawyers ruled by senior district judges were wrongly given access to documents
- Cooper & Kirk lawyers were directed to destroy the evidence
- Former Epstein lawyer Alan Dershowitz also denied access to the documents
A U.S. district judge has ordered lawyers from Epstein survivor Virginia Roberts Giuffre to destroy evidence from her case against Ghislaine Maxwell.
Senior US district judge Loretta Preska ruled Wednesday that Cooper & Kirk's lawyers had not been given proper access to the documents.
Former Epstein lawyer Alan Dershowitz, who attempted to gain full access to the Maxwell documents, was also rejected.
A U.S. district judge has ordered lawyers from Epstein survivor Virginia Roberts Giuffre (pictured) to destroy evidence from her case against Ghislaine Maxwell
Former Epstein lawyer Alan Dershowitz, who attempted to gain full access to the Maxwell documents, was also rejected
Preska said she was "worried" when she heard orally last week that Giuffres lawyers had received sealed documents against Maxwell.
Giuffre claims that Maxwell recruited her as the "sex slave" of the shameful financier Jeffrey Epstein and his friends when she was a minor.
"The court was concerned when, at the hearing on June 23, it learned that Ms. Giuffre, Cooper & Kirk's substitute lawyer, Boies Schiller Flexner, Ms. Giuffre's former lawyer, had received all of the Maxwell materials in question," said Preska.
Cooper & Kirk's attorneys were asked to explain how these materials came into the firm's possession, and said they had been given access to the materials because Ms. Giuffre had kept them, both in (Giuffre v. Dershowitz) and in also represented in connection with the Boies Schiller company in the Maxwell case. & # 39;
Preska denied claims by Giuffres lawyers that they were entitled to the documents because they had been instructed to represent them in the Maxwell case, the New York Post reported.
Giuffre's protection against Maxwell has kept the potentially explosive Epstein files locked up for a long time.
Preska argued that the protection order only provides access to the "preparation and negotiation" of Giuffres' lawsuit against Maxwell. Since this lawsuit is inactive, "Cooper & Kirk cannot necessarily play an active role in litigation."
Giuffre's protection against Maxwell has kept the potentially explosive Epstein files locked up for a long time (Maxwell and Epstein shown above).
The judge ordered Cooper & Kirk's lawyers to destroy the evidence along with any material derived from it, including the work product derived from it.
She instructed the lawyers to then make an affidavit.
Former Epstein lawyer Dershowitz, who sued Giuffre for "serious damage … to his reputation, business, and health," was also denied access to the documents.
The court ruled: “It is crucial that the agreed unsealing process can only work as intended if non-parties are willing to participate. Transferring all of Maxwell's materials to Mr. Dershowitz, which would necessarily include all of the sealed documents that are the subject of the unseal protocol, would compromise this balance. & # 39;
Dershowitz has repeatedly asked for full access to the Epstein files.