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Ghislaine Maxwell attorneys to 2nd Circuit: She’s no monster

NEW YORK (AP) — Defense attorneys insisted Ghislaine Maxwell is “no monster” as they requested an appeals court Monday for her release on bail so she will be able to better prepare for trial on funds she procured ladies for Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse.

The attorneys told the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that the British socialite has no longer been given an ample quite loads of to give an explanation for that she would no longer wing if she modified into allowed to not sleep for trial at home under 24-hour armed guard and with collateral posted to enhance a $28.5 million bail.

The attorneys have thrice failed to convince a Prolonged island federal make a decision to release their 59-three hundred and sixty five days-extinct client. Maxwell faces an arraignment Friday on sex trafficking funds added to an indictment final month.

Her trial is determined for July 12 on funds alleging she recruited and groomed teenage ladies from 1994 to 2004 to plan sexual massages to her one-time boyfriend. Closing week, her attorneys requested that the trial be delayed till next January, asserting the recent funds require months of investigation.

Maxwell has pleaded no longer responsible. Epstein killed himself in 2019 in a Prolonged island federal lockup as he awaited trial on sex trafficking funds.

As they have incessantly argued sooner than, attorneys for Maxwell wrote that she is being punished in part because of Epstein is out of attain.

“She just isn’t any monster, however she is being treated esteem one because of of the ‘Epstein develop,’” they wrote.

The attorneys urged the 2nd Circuit to “test the inform energy” of the government case by insisting on a more thorough bail hearing where they could perchance give an explanation for that every story told by the four those who declare they had been victims of Epstein and Maxwell “has dramatically modified over time.”

“Firstly, no longer one of the predominant nameless accusers even mentioned Ms. Maxwell. As they hired the the same law agency, sought money and standing, joined a mosey, and preferrred after Epstein died, did the accusers delivery up to point the finger at Ms. Maxwell. Removed from corroboration, that is fabrication,” they wrote.

A spokesperson for prosecutors declined observation.

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