Federal Judge Alison J. Nathan on Thursday, March 18, granted Ghislaine Maxwell’s request to keep certain details of the criminal case accusing her of pedophilia under seal. The judge stated that the information in question is too “sensational and impure” to disclose to the public.
Once again, the case of Ghislaine Maxwell, partner of billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, has aroused controversy when it was revealed that the details of the case will not be disclosed. While it is to be expected that such details are repugnant, as the judge stated, it is inevitable to think that such a decision may be motivated to keep public opinion away from the case and cover up the culprits.
As reported by Fox News, Nathan on Thursday issued a ruling on statements Maxwell had made in connection with recordings the government filed under seal last month.
“Those portions of the transcript, which were redacted in the civil matter, concern privacy interests and their disclosure would merely serve to cater to a ‘craving for that which is sensational and impure,’” Nathan wrote in the order.
The judge also added into the secrecy category the redactions made by prosecutors in filing the transcript of Maxwell’s depositions. Prosecutors had argued that the redactions were necessary to “protect the integrity” of the Maxwell investigation and to protect the privacy of third parties.
In January, Maxwell’s legal team filed 12 motions requesting that the court, among other things, dismiss all charges related to her alleged role as a recruiter of girls for infamous, late sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
The court responded in February with a “comprehensive memorandum of law,” opposing the motions by Maxwell’s attorneys, all of which were filed under lock and key pending rulings on the pleas.
Maxwell, 59, is accused of recruiting and grooming girls to be sexually abused by her then-partner, Jeffrey Epstein, in the 1990s and lying under oath.
She was arrested in July 2020 and since that time has been deprived of her liberty on the grounds that she is a flight risk. Her trial is scheduled to begin in July.
At the end of February, Maxwell made a third attempt to get out of jail on bail. According to a court filings she was willing to renounce her British and French citizenship.
A federal judge has previously rejected two bail attempts filed by Maxwell’s lawyers, including a proposed $28.5 million bail release filed in December 2020, The Associated Press reported.
Among the judges arguments to deny the bail request, she detailed the defendant’s danger of absconding, considering that the defendant holds French and British citizenship.
Lawyers have now made a third offer to get Maxwell out of jail before a trial scheduled for July in Manhattan federal court, but there have been no responses so far.
Maxwell remains under arrest in a Brooklyn, New York jail. She pleaded not guilty to the charges, despite a wealth of incriminating witnesses and evidence. Epstein, her former partner, committed suicide in a Manhattan federal lockup in August 2019 while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.