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The jury for the trial of British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell resumed its deliberations on Monday, but the verdict has not yet been rendered.
The second full day of deliberations ended last Wednesday as jurors requested more transcripts of trial evidence.
They requested a whiteboard and sticky notes in different colors, as well as a transcript of the testimony of one of the witnesses, indicating that they may still have some work to do before making a decision.
They also asked U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan for a definition of a word in the indictment.
She referred them to the legal instructions she read to them just before deliberations began a week ago.
It was the third full day of deliberation, interrupted by the Christmas holidays.
Before sending the jurors home for Monday night, Judge Nathan said that upon their return on Tuesday, if they fail to reach a verdict, they should consider deliberating until 6 p.m. – an hour later. than usual.
But she added: “I don’t want to put pressure on you in any way. You should take all the time you need.”
What is Ghislaine Maxwell accused of?
Maxwell is accused of recruiting and preparing four teenagers, at least one of whom is 14, to have sex with Jeffrey Epstein, her ex-boyfriend and employer, between 1994 and 2004.
All four accusers say Maxwell was a central part of Epstein’s plans, both when she was his girlfriend and after.
Epstein committed suicide in 2019 in a prison cell in New York City pending trial for sexual abuse.
What does Maxwell say?
She has pleaded not guilty to all six counts of which she is charged.
Her lawyers have argued prosecutors are scapegoating her because Epstein is dead, and say the accusers’ memories cannot be trusted.
Among the six charges is one count of sex trafficking punishable by up to 40 years in prison.
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