By LARRY NEUMEISTER, Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) – Defense attorneys insisted Ghislaine Maxwell was “not a monster” when she asked an appeals court Monday for her bail in order to better prepare for her trial for sexually abusing girls for Jeffrey Epstein procured.
The attorneys informed the 2nd US Court of Appeals that the British celebrity was not given a reasonable opportunity to prove that she would not flee if she was at home under 24 hour security and with in support of a bail $ 28.5 million.
The attorneys have failed three times to convince a federal judge in Manhattan to release their 59-year-old client. Maxwell faces sexual trafficking charges Friday, which was added to an indictment last month.
Her trial is scheduled for July 12th for allegedly recruiting and caring for teenage girls from 1994 to 2004 to offer sexual massages to her one-time boyfriend. Last week, her lawyers moved to postpone the trial until next January as the new charges require months of investigation.
Maxwell has pleaded not guilty. Epstein killed himself in a Manhattan federal prison in 2019 while awaiting trial for sex trafficking.
As they have repeatedly argued, Maxwell attorneys have written that she will be punished in part for being unavailable to Epstein.
“She’s not a monster, but she’s treated like one because of the ‘Epstein Effect’,” they wrote.
The lawyers asked Circuit 2 to test “the real strength” of the government process by insisting on a more thorough bail hearing in which they could prove that every story told by the four people who said it was different that they were victims of Epstein and Maxwell, “has changed dramatically over the years.”
“At first none of the anonymous prosecutors mentioned Ms. Maxwell. When they hired the same law firm, hunted for money and fame, joined a movement, and only after Epstein’s death did the prosecutors begin pointing fingers at Ms. Maxwell. Far from confirming this, it is a fake, ”they wrote.
A prosecutor’s spokesman declined to comment.
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