Lawyers in Ghislaine Maxwell’s upcoming sex-trafficking trial have requested to cover from public view parts of jury selection, in keeping with a brand new courtroom submitting.
Federal prosecutors for the Southern District of New York wrote to Judge Alison Nathan that they agree with a request by Maxwell’s attorneys that the questionnaires and proposed voir dire — or questions posed to jurors by the decide or lawyer — be sealed to keep away from press protection of the method.
“The defense respectfully requests that the joint proposed juror questionnaire and joint proposed voir dire be filed under seal to avoid media coverage that may prejudice the jury selection process. The Government consents to the defense’s request,” a trio of federal prosecutors wrote to Nathan on Tuesday night time.
Jury questionnaires and the questioning of potential jurors are usually accessible to the press and public in federal prison trials.
In a subsequent letter to Nathan, prosecutors wrote they anticipate their case could last as long as 4 weeks when the trial begins on Nov. 29.
“That estimate is conservative, and the Government anticipates that it could rest as early as the third week of trial, provided that the cross examinations of witnesses do not exceed the length of direct examinations,” they wrote.
Maxwell’s attorneys anticipate their protection to final roughly two weeks, in keeping with the letter.
Maxwell is accused of procuring underage ladies for multimillionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein to abuse within the Nineteen Nineties and early 2000s.
She’s pleaded not responsible to the fees and has requested 5 occasions that she be set free on bail pending trial. She’s been denied every time.
The disgraced British socialite is being held on the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn pending trial and has repeatedly complained about horrendous situations on the lockup.