Late last week, Ghislaine Maxwell’s lawyers issued their brief to the federal court on sentencing. Maxwell is asking for the minimum sentencing possible after she was found guilty of multiple counts of trafficking and abuse. Maxwell’s defense (in the sentencing brief) is that her daddy was mean to her sometimes and that she was ripe for Jeffrey Epstein’s exploitation too. Except her argument makes zero sense. Federal prosecutors just released their sentencing brief and obviously, they’re not buying it either. Maxwell will be sentenced next Tuesday. (“C U Next Tuesday!”)
Federal prosecutors in Manhattan, writing that Ghislaine Maxwell had made the choice to conspire with Jeffrey Epstein for years, “working as partners in crime and causing devastating harm to vulnerable victims,” asked a judge on Wednesday night to sentence her to at least 30 years in prison.
Ms. Maxwell’s lawyers, in a brief last week, asked the judge, Alison J. Nathan, to impose a sentence below the 20 years recommended by the court’s probation department. The lawyers suggested that the government had decided to prosecute Ms. Maxwell after Mr. Epstein’s jailhouse suicide in 2019 to appease his victims and “repair the tarnished reputations” of the Justice Department and the Bureau of Prisons, in whose custody the disgraced financier died.
The defense also suggested that blame for Ms. Maxwell’s conduct lay with Mr. Epstein and her father, the late British media magnate Robert Maxwell, who they said was a cruel and intimidating parent. The government, in its letter on Wednesday to Judge Nathan, dismissed those claims, asserting that if anything stood out from Ms. Maxwell’s sentencing submission, it was her failure to address her criminal conduct and her “utter lack of remorse.”
“Instead of showing even a hint of acceptance of responsibility,” the office of Damian Williams, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, wrote, “the defendant makes a desperate attempt to cast blame wherever else she can.”
The prosecutors said Ms. Maxwell’s attempt “to cast aspersions on the government for prosecuting her, and her claim that she is being held responsible for Epstein’s crimes, are both absurd and offensive…Maxwell was an adult who made her own choices,” the government added. “She made the choice to sexually exploit numerous underage girls.”
[From The NYT]
Yep. I mean, just because the prosecutors want 30 years, doesn’t mean they’ll get it. But I’m glad they’re calling out Ghislaine’s Mean Daddy defense/rationale/excuse. Maxwell’s lack of remorse is frightening. She wasn’t an innocent bystander, she was an active participant (and organizer) for a huge human trafficking operation. Maxwell was often abusing those girls and women before she handed them off to Epstein. Now, do I also want to see Epstein’s rapist buddies prosecuted? Of course. This isn’t either/or. You can be appalled by Maxwell’s crimes and also want the wealthy, well-connected men to be named, prosecuted and put in prison.
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