Ghislaine Maxwell jury requests transcripts as they continue deliberations

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The jury deliberating in Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex-trafficking case requested to view transcripts Tuesday of testimony from three of her accusers.

The 12-person panel sent a note to Judge Alison Nathan shortly after 10 a.m., only about an hour after they started their deliberations for the day.

“We would like the transcripts, testimony of Jane, Annie and Carolyn,” the jurors wrote in the note, referring to three Maxwell accusers who were called by prosecutors at trial.

Jane had told the jury she met Maxwell and the fallen British socialite’s pedophile pal, financier Jeffrey Epstein, at age 14 when the pair approached her at a Michigan arts camp in the early 1990s. 

Jane was then groomed for abuse at Epstein’s Palm Beach mansion by Maxwell, prosecutors said.

Annie Farmer, the only accuser to give her full name, said Maxwell gave her a nude massage and groped her when she was just a teen after she was lured to Epstein’s New Mexico ranch.

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One of Maxwell’s lawyers was spotted outside the courthouse loading cardboard boxes into a white van.
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Carolyn testified that she met Maxwell and Epstein when she was 14 and ended up giving massages to the millionaire more than 100 times at his Palm Beach estate — and “something sexual happened every single time.” She said Maxwell arranged the sessions and groped her at least once. 

Prosecutors and Maxwell’s defense team ended their cases Monday afternoon with closing arguments.

The jury was charged by Nathan on Monday afternoon and deliberated for about 50 minutes before heading home for the night without reaching a verdict.

Later Tuesday morning, one of Maxwell’s lawyers was spotted outside the courthouse helping load cardboard boxes into a white van.

It’s unclear what was in the boxes, but one of the containers had “shred all” scrawled on it in black marker.

Assistant US Attorney Alison Moe had urged jurors at the trial to view Maxwell as a “sophisticated predator” who preyed on young, vulnerable girls as Epstein’s “right hand” and “partner in crime.”

“Maxwell and Epstein were partners. They were partners in crime who sexually exploited young girls together,” Moe said. 

Throughout the trial, Maxwell’s lawyers sought to undermine the credibility of her accusers, including by suggesting some of them may have false memories about their experiences with Maxwell.

Maxwell embraces her defense attorney Bobbi Sternheim as she enters the courtroom.
A courtroom sketch of Maxwell embracing her defense attorney Bobbi Sternheim as she enters the courtroom.
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“If you’re under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time you acquire the memory, that affects the quality of the formation of the memory in the first place. The older a memory gets, the more susceptible it is to post-event information,” defense lawyer Laura Menninger told the jury.

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