The eclectic jury who brought justice to the victims of accused sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein and accomplice Ghislaine Maxwell on Wednesday includes a middle-aged mother, a Mets fan, and a grandmother who watches ‘The Bold and The Beautiful.’
Despite the secrecy surrounding the trial – with no cameras allowed in the courtroom and key documents being sealed – some details about the 12 jurors were unveiled last month when they were questioned for selection by Judge Alison J. Nathan.
Among the selected jurors were a 41-year-old musician, a 54-year-old mother and maintenance worker, a 64-year-old Mets fan and a 53-year-old grandmother who watches CBS’s drama series ‘The Bold and the Beautiful,’ The New York Times reported.
Other members of the jury were a 61-year-old trader’s assistant and a 35-year-old science fiction fan. The jury, who took six days to deliberate on the Maxwell trial, was composed of six men and six woman ranging from ages 28 to 70.
Jurors in the Maxwell trial included a 61-year-old trader’s assistant and a 35-year-old science fiction fan. The jury, who took six days to deliberate on the Maxwell trial, was composed of six men and six woman ranging from ages 28 to 70
The jury of six men and six women (seen in a court sketch) reached a verdict to convict Maxwell on Wednesday
Maxwell’s siblings Kevin, Christine and Isabel walked out of court and declined to comment. Christine and Isabel walked arm in arm and later Kevin took Christine’s arm and they quietly walked to the nearby office they have been renting
The majority of the jury said not to be familiar with Maxwell’s role in concealing, enabling and participating on Epstein’s abuse to underage girls, but some said to recall Epstein’s suicide at a Lower Manhattan detention center in 2019, where he awaited trial
Five jurors were in their 30s, five in their 60s and three in their 50s. They all live in the Southern District of New York – five in the Bronx, three in Westchester and four in Manhattan – according to the Times.
Only two of the jurors have not completed high school, while two reportedly have their associates degrees, and four have their bachelors. They’ve received education in industries such as business, public administration and urban affairs.
The jury claimed to use social media sparingly, and not to be overly aware of the media attention directed to Maxwell and Epstein.
The majority of the jury said not to be familiar with Maxwell’s role in concealing, enabling and participating on Epstein’s abuse to underage girls, but some said to recall Epstein’s suicide at a Lower Manhattan detention center in 2019, where he awaited trial.
‘I don’t think I have heard anything in particular related to her,’ said one of the jurors.
Ghislaine Maxwell has been found guilty of sex trafficking charges. Maxwell denies sex trafficking and other charges and had been awaiting trial for over a year in ‘hell-hole’ federal prison in Brooklyn
This courtroom sketch shows Judge Alison Nathan reading the guilty verdict against Ghislaine Maxwell in her sex trafficking trial, Wednesday Dec. 29
The jury claimed to use social media sparingly, and not to be overly aware of the media attention directed to Maxwell and Epstein
Maxwell’s defense attorney Bobbi Sternheim spoke during a press conference after the guilty verdict
Maxwell walked out of court flanked by two security guards: she was not handcuffed or shackled on her legs, seen in a court sketch
A sleazy haul of never-before-seen photos unearthed in an FBI raid and introduced as evidence showed Ghislaine Maxwell giving Jeffrey Epstein foot rubs on his private jet dubbed Lolita Express
‘I have heard of, obviously, Jeffrey Epstein,’ another juror said during the selection, adding that he could, however, remain impartial and fair.
Their identities are being protected due to the public attention the trial has received. They could have been removed had they not followed instructions to avoid media coverage of the case.
After a fourth full day of deliberations on Tuesday, US District Judge Alison Nathan had said a positive COVID-19 case among jurors would ‘(put) at risk our ability to complete this trial.’
Nathan worried that the pandemic would cause a mistrial if one of the jurors had to quarantine, but on Wednesday, after roughly 40 hours of deliberation, the jury reached a consensus.
Jurors asked for transcripts on Wednesday of the testimony of five witnesses at the sex crimes trial of Ghislaine Maxwell as the judge suggested they work through the New Year’s holidays if needed.
The 12-person jury deliberated for six days and found the British socialite guilty on five of six counts – all except enticing an individual under the age of 17 to travel with intent to engage in illegal sex acts.
The jury requested clarification from the judge on Wednesday regarding their schedule for deliberating for the remainder of this week.
Nathan told them they should convene every day until a verdict is reached, including New Year’s Day on Saturday, and Sunday, unless they have ‘unmovable commitments.’
Nathan again cited the risk of Covid cases amongst jurors and trial participants which could cause a ‘substantial delay’ to proceedings.
‘Of course by this I don’t mean to pressure you in any way,’ she said. ‘You should take all the time you need.’
The jurors asked to review the transcripts of five witnesses on Wednesday, including that of key defense witness Elizabeth Loftus, a memory expert.
The prosecution brought in pictures found in Epstein’s mansion in a bid to show that Maxwell and Epstein had been in a relationship
This photo of Jeffrey Epstein in front of one of his private planes was submitted into evidence during the trial of his alleged madam Ghislaine Maxwell
One of the pictures showed Epstein and Maxwell in a vacation picture in Europe. The prosecution established the close relationship between the pair – that went far beyond business
We believe firmly in our sister’s innocence—we are very disappointed with the verdict. We have already started the appeal tonight and we believe that she will ultimately be vindicated.
Loftus, who has testified in approximately 300 trials, including those of Harvey Weinstein and Bill Cosby, testified that recollections become distorted over time and that ‘false memories’ can be planted during questioning years later.
‘The older the event is the more susceptible people are to having post-event suggestion contaminate their memory,’ she said.
Jurors also asked for the testimony of three other defense witnesses: that of Maxwell’s former executive assistant Cimberly Espinosa and two FBI agents, Amanda Young and Jason Richards.
The other transcript requested was that of a prosecution witness, Shawn, a former boyfriend of one of Maxwell’s accusers, a woman who was identified in court only as ‘Carolyn.’
Maxwell, wearing a burgundy pullover, black trousers and black face mask, looked relaxed in court on Wednesday as she chatted with her attorneys.
She also appeared to have a brief conversation with a journalist which was inaudible to the courtroom.
The charges against Maxwell stem from 1994 to 2004. Two of Epstein’s alleged victims said they were as young as 14 when Maxwell allegedly began grooming them and arranging for them to give massages to Epstein that ended in sexual activity.
US prosecutors alleged that the daughter of former British newspaper baron Robert Maxwell was a knowing participant in the conduct of Epstein, who killed himself in a US jail in 2019 while awaiting his own sex crimes trial.
Carolyn, one of Ghislaine Maxwell’s accusers, claimed she had seen a picture of her nude and pregnant. Though that picture was never introduced as evidence, another of Epstein cradling Maxwell’s belly was
Photographers are not allowed inside federal courts, so the public view of the trial came from sketch artists who were instructed not to depict the faces of the anonymous witnesses. Here ‘Carolyn’ is questioned during the trial
The trial was held at the Thurgood Marshall United States Courthouse in downtown Manhattan
Prosecutor Alison Moe argued that Maxwell was ‘the key’ to Epstein’s scheme of enticing young girls to give him massages, during which he would sexually abuse them.
Maxwell’s defense team countered that there was a lack of evidence to convict and questioned the accusers’ ability to recollect quarter-century-old events.
The team also argued that Maxwell was being used as a ‘scapegoat’ for Epstein’s crimes after he evaded justice.
Maxwell, who turned 60 on Christmas Day, did not testify but in a defiant statement to the court said prosecutors had failed to prove her guilt.
Maxwell walked out of court flanked by two security guards. She walked out of court without being handcuffed or shackled but her confident swagger was gone, replaced by a slower walk with her head down as she exited through a door at the back of the room which led to the cells.
She managed one look back and walked out with her head held down. In the elevator Maxwell’s lawyer and close friend Leah Saffian appeared red eyed and distraught.
Maxwell’s lawyer Bobbi Sternheim asked if it was possible for Maxwell to get her booster shot to protect her from Covid-19. Judge Nathan said it was ‘available’ at the Metropolitan Detention Centre in Brooklyn, where she is being held, and that she would ‘look into it’.
Judge Nathan said the decision was ‘unanimous’ and asked each juror to confirm that it was correct by passing around a microphone. Each answered that yes it was – one male juror was seen rubbing his eyes and forehead.
Maxwell is expected to be placed on suicide watch in jail after jurors agreed she was Epstein’s ‘partner in horrific crimes’. She masterminded a sick scheme to round up schoolgirls on an industrial scale for them and their friends to molest.
Maxwell’s siblings Kevin, Christine and Isabel walked out of court and declined to comment. Christine and Isabel walked arm in arm and later Kevin took Christine’s arm and they quietly walked to the nearby office they have been renting.