Federal prosecutors should expose the “identities of any unnamed co-conspirators” that they plan on referencing at Ghislaine Maxwell’s intercourse trafficking trial in Manhattan, a choose dominated Friday.
The order was to make sure Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged madam is ready to “adequately put together her defenses,” Decide Allison Nathan wrote.
Prosecutors should additionally “disclose all co-conspirator statements it intends to supply at trial,” Nathan dominated, arguing the federal government’s declare that the revelation would trigger ‘potential hazard to co-conspirators’ or danger ‘compromising persevering with investigations,’” was bogus.
“The Authorities gives no clarification for this purported hurt and none is clear to the Court docket,” Nathan wrote. “Thus, the Court docket finds that this concern alone doesn’t outweigh the chance of shock to the Defendant on this case or the necessity for the events to litigate co-conspirator points prematurely of trial to make sure the absence of delay.”
Maxwell, 59, had requested that prosecutors identify the 2 co-conspirators described of their indictment to keep away from being ambushed at her trial, which is ready to start on Nov. 29.
The British socialite, who has been held with out bail since her arrest in July of final 12 months, is accused of procuring underage women for multi-millionaire Epstein to abuse within the Nineteen Nineties and early 2000s. She’s pleaded not responsible to the costs.
Maxwell can be going through separate perjury fees associated to allegedly mendacity in a deposition in a civil case filed by Virginia Giuffre, who has accused Epstein pal Prince Andrew of sexual abuse.
Epstein was beforehand arrested and charged with intercourse crimes by the identical prosecutor’s workplace as Maxwell, however killed himself in a Manhattan jail cell earlier than he stood trial.