Ghislaine Maxwell is haunted by Jeffrey Epstein, her highly paid lawyers argue. Since the Judge won’t grant house arrest, on Monday, they asked a federal judge to direct the Bureau of Prisons to at least release their client into the general prison population.
Ghislaine held under ‘onerous’ conditions
Attorneys for Ghislaine Maxwell insist that she’s been “held under uniquely onerous conditions.” Like being haunted by her dead lover. Since her “boyfriend and alleged accomplice,” Jeffrey Epstein died there, under suspicious circumstances, everyone has been treating her like the Clintons are going to have her kill herself. “As a result of what occurred with Mr. Epstein, Ms. Maxwell is being treated worse than other similarly situated pretrial detainees, which significantly impacts her ability to prepare a defense and be ready for trial on the schedule set by the Court.”
They’ll get her home to her nervous cat real soon with that argument, they hope. Instead of being comfortably tucked away in New Hampshire, Ghislaine is being held in Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center. They have her there because a whole island full of teenage sex-slaves have accused her of nasty things. Her charges claim “that she recruited, groomed and sexually abused underage girls as young as 14 as part of Epstein’s alleged years-long criminal enterprise.” She insists she’s innocent as a virgin but was denied bail anyway.
Ghislaine is being treated differently from other prisoners, and that’s illegal discrimination, her lawyers argue. Since she was dragged off to Brooklyn, Ms. Maxwell has been held in solitary confinement. Not only is she held in isolation and under 24 hour surveillance, she’s been placed on suicide watch.
High on the hit list but not suicidal
Ghislaine, her lawyers insist, is not suicidal. She may be high on the hit list of some extremely powerful world leaders but she isn’t ready to check out yet. Her lawyers told the judge, “despite the fact that she, unlike Mr. Epstein, has never been suicidal and was never diagnosed as exhibiting risk factors for suicide,” the guards won’t listen. They like to grope her too. She’s been “subjected to numerous body scans and cell searches.”
Epstein died in his cell almost exactly a year ago before he could appear in court to tell anyone about anything interesting. His death was declared a suicide even though a high profile independent forensic pathologist, Cyril Wecht, declared the physical evidence proves there was no way he could have hung himself as described.
If Ghislaine can’t even talk to her lawyers, there is no way she can prepare an adequate defense. Her conditions are illegally restrictive, they argue. All they are asking is that she be “given privileges granted to other pretrial detainees and increased access to a computer terminal.” They also are hoping that the judge will order prosecutors to do them a favor.
In the letter to the judge requesting less repression of Ghislaine, the lawyers asked “for New York federal prosecutors to disclose to defense counsel the identities of the three minor victims they cited in the indictment against Maxwell.” They claim they need the information to “meaningfully investigate the alleged conduct.” They promise not to kill the girls or anything. Prosecutors are expected to answer that request by Thursday.