Ghislaine Maxwell could celebrate turning 60 in prison after prosecutors in her sex abuse trial asked a judge to ensure jurors could sit BEYOND Christmas.
The British socialite is set to enter the dock on November 29 over charges of sex trafficking a minor, sex trafficking conspiracy, and grooming a 14-year-old girl to engage in sexual acts with paedophile Jeffrey Epstein from 2001 to 2004.
Now New York prosecutors and Maxwell’s defence team have laid out their expected timetables for Judge Alison Nathan both agreeing the trial could go beyond December 25 – Maxwell’s birthday.
Prosecutor Damian Williams told the court: “The Government estimates that it would rest within four weeks from the start of the trial.
With Epstein in 2005
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"That estimate is conservative, and the Government anticipates that it could rest as early as the third week of trial, provided that the cross-examinations of witnesses do not exceed the length of direct examinations.
“In an abundance of caution, however, the Government projects approximately four weeks for its case in chief.
“As the defence notes, conversations between the parties about the length of trial are ongoing.”
Lawyers for Maxwell filed this picture as they complained about the 'onerous' conditions of her incarceration
He added: “The defence anticipates it will present a defence case, which it currently estimates will last approximately two weeks.
“That estimate may change after the defence has had an opportunity to review the Government's witness and exhibit lists which were made available to defence counsel.”
Williams concludes: “Accordingly, the parties jointly request that the court seat only jurors with availability beyond the Christmas holiday.”
Maxwell during her arraignment hearing on a new indictment at Manhattan Federal Court in New York City
A source close to Maxwell said although she is being "realistic" she has not given up hope of being cleared and released before her birthday.
The Brit, a friend of Prince Andrew, has maintained her innocence since her arrest by the FBI in July last year and has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Epstein, once the socialite’s boyfriend, killed himself in August 2019 in a Manhattan federal jail as he awaited trial on sex trafficking charges.
Maxwell appears via video link during an earlier arraignment hearing
Maxwell is being held without bail at the Metropolitan Detention Centre in Brooklyn.
Her detainment has led her lawyers to repeatedly complain about the “onerous” conditions of her incarceration.
They say the daughter of the late media tycoon Robert Maxwell is subjected to strip searches, woken every 15 minutes by flashlight and given nearly nothing to eat.
Bobbi Sternheim, Maxwell’s lawyer, wrote to Judge Nathan saying the conditions have led to his client losing more than 15 pounds and shedding hair.