From NBC New York: Jeffrey Epstein Confidante Ghislaine Maxwell Arrested, Sources Say

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  1. Avatar Jaybird
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    The indictment has been unsealed.

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  2. Avatar Michael Cain
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    Why on earth hadn’t she retreated to the UK long since? They don’t extradite people for “conspiracy” charges.Report

    • Avatar Stillwater
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      A few reasons come to mind.

      1. That she was an informant for FBI/CIA and thought that status gave her immunity from charges.

      2. That since Epstein’s second arrest she’s been under investigation and instructed to not leave the country.

      3. She trusted that Trump’s self-interest would protect her from being charged by, hypothetically, having his AG replacing the US Attorney leading the investigation into her potential criminality with a political crony.Report

      • Avatar Dark Matter
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        I’m not sure #3 is a thing. Epstein was on Trump’s list from 2004 after he came between Trump and money, and as of 2007 he was banned from his clubs for hitting on minors.

        I can easily believe #1 and #2… and I wonder if she really should run to the UK given how good it’d be for Prince Andrew if she vanished.Report

        • Avatar Stillwater
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          3 is a thing because *just last week* Barr fired SDNY USA Berman and tried to install a political appointee as his replacement.Report

          • Avatar greginak
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            Yeah the entire fire the local USA in charge does not at all look incredibly hinky and coincidental at this point. A replacement btw whose experience was in mergers and acquisitions so not exactly a guy built for criminal prosecution.Report

    • Avatar Jaybird
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      My favorite conspiracy theory is that the FBI/CIA had to wait until they were certain that they had neutralized her Dead Man’s Switch before arresting her.Report

  3. Avatar Jaybird
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    Do you like conspiracy theories?

    Attorneys for Virginia Giuffre, who publicly accused Jeffrey Epstein of sex trafficking, must destroy files they obtained on Epstein after a Wednesday ruling by a federal judge.

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    • Avatar CJColucci
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      I’ve appeared several times before Judge Preska and know her to be a straight shooter, so I looked up the decision. There was a routine protective order entered, at the request of all parties, in 2015 in the Maxwell case, which settled a while back. Under the terms of the 2015 order, only certain persons were allowed to have access to the confidential materials. Lawyers in the Giuffre case, who were not among those allowed access to the materials (they weren’t involved in Maxwell), got them from the lawyers who had appeared in both Maxwell and Giuffre.This was improper, and the only way to keep them from improperly using the improperly-obtained documents was to have them destroyed. They still exist as part of the Maxwell case, and there is an orderly process for unsealing them if warranted. Dershowitz just wanted them all, outside the process and without making any effort to justify what he wanted with any specificity.
      So, no, I don’t like conspiracy theories. Conspiracies do happen, and are prosecuted all the time, but that’s not usually the way to bet.Report

  4. Avatar Michael Siegel
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    Funny how having their incompetence splashed all over a Netflix documentary spurs them into action.Report

  5. Avatar J_A
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    Im sure Ms Maxwell won’t kill herself while the cameras are off, but I’ve never seen anybody so susceptible to a violent and fatal case of COVID-19 as her.

    She will be so sick so shortly they might as well start writing a medical paper nowReport

  6. Avatar Jaybird
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    This whole “everyone knew” thing is always weird.

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    • Avatar Stillwater
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      “Since I was on the tightly controlled guest list I thought it improper to say anything at the time, but now that she’s been arrested, and can’t show up at any parties I’m invited to, I have some things to say.”Report

  7. Avatar Jaybird
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    She’s got paper attire rather than cloth, paper sheets rather than cloth, and a roommate.

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  8. Avatar Jaybird
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    Ghislaine Maxwell has been denied bail.

    She has pled “not guilty”.

    Her trial is scheduled to start in July of 2021.

    (Not that she’s the first person I’d cry for but the fact that she’s been denied bail *AND* her trial is scheduled for a year from now strikes me as vaguely infringing on her 6th Amendment rights. I’m not saying the trial needs to start, you know, *TOMORROW* but a year seems to be a long way from “speedy” if she is being held. They should schedule the trial to start in August or something.)Report

  9. Avatar Jaybird
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    A potentially interesting development.

    A federal judge in New York on Thursday ordered the unsealing of key documents from a settled civil lawsuit involving Ghislaine Maxwell and victims alleging sex abuse and trafficking by the late Jeffrey Epstein.

    Senior District Judge Loretta Preska ruled from the bench in a telephonic hearing that the public interest in the matter outweighed Maxwell’s claims that the documents, including depositions of central players in the Epstein saga, would prove embarrassing or interfere with ongoing legal matters.

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