(PatrioticPost.com)- Jurors in the Ghislaine Maxwell trial began deliberating on Monday after the prosecution and defense had delivered their closing arguments.
The 12-person panel is now combing through over two weeks of testimony and evidence as they consider the six counts against Maxwell, including sex trafficking conspiracy and sex trafficking of a minor. If convicted on the six charges, Maxwell, who turns sixty on Christmas, could face up to seventy years in federal prison.
During the prosecution’s closing arguments, Assistant US Attorney Alison Moe portrayed Maxwell as an integral part of Jeffrey Epstein’s scheme to pursue underage girls. Calling Maxwell, “Jeffrey Epstein’s right hand,” Moe referred to her as a “sophisticated predator” who knew what she was doing.
In her closing, Moe highlighted the testimony for the two dozen witnesses, including the four accusers who alleged Maxwell groomed them for abuse at the hands of Epstein. She said testimony confirmed that Maxwell played her part and “normalized” sexual behavior by, among other things, parading around topless in front of the underage girls or asking the girls to massage Epstein’s feet.
Throughout the trial, the defense tried to undermine the accusers while painting Maxwell as a scapegoat only being tried for the crimes committed by Epstein because the prosecution is unable to try him.
During defense closing, attorney Laura Menninger told jurors that none of this had anything to do with Ghislaine Maxwell. Instead, Maxwell is an innocent woman wrongfully accused of crimes Jeffrey Epstein committed.
Menninger argued that Maxwell’s relationship with Epstein may have been the biggest mistake of her life, but it wasn’t a crime.
Menninger also attempted to discredit the witnesses, arguing that all of them have changed their accounts “many times.” She reminded the jurors that Maxwell doesn’t need to “prove” she is innocent; the government needed to prove she was guilty. Menninger argued in her closing that rather than prove its case, the prosecution wants the jury to speculate.
By the close of deliberations on Wednesday, the jury had still failed to reach a verdict. Jurors will not return until after the long holiday weekend.