When Jeffery Epstein died in that Manhattan detention facility, many believed that any chance his victims had of finding justice died with him.
The wealthy socialite had previously skated on similar charges of child sex trafficking back in 2008, when Florida authorities unbelievably allowed Epstein to plead to “solicitation” charges and suffer a heavily reduced sentence.
His most recent arrest, which preceded his mysterious “suicide” in New York, looked to be the real-deal, however, and Americans were extremely enthusiastic about the possibility that he would be convicted and sentenced in a meaningful way.
His death prevented that, but authorities were able to get their hands on Epstein’s number 2, Ghislaine Maxwell, who is awaiting trial in prison at this moment.
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Maxwell had already had the book thrown at her, and there are even more charges still to come.
Federal prosecutors in Manhattan have charged Ghislaine Maxwell with two additional counts of sex trafficking conspiracy and sex trafficking of a minor. Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged madam now faces a total of eight charges, for which she could spend the rest of her life in prison.
The latest grand jury was presented with testimony from a fourth accuser, also expanding the time period in which the crimes were allegedly committed. While in the previous indictment prosecutors alleged that Maxwell had helped recruit and groom three teenage girls for sex acts with Epstein during the period between 1994 and 1997, they now say that Maxwell and Epstein’s conspiracy “continued through in or about 2004.”
The case is enormous.
In a letter to Judge Alison Nathan, the government said it will soon be providing the defense with statements of more than 250 witnesses related to the investigation of Jeffrey Epstein and his associates. These are only the witnesses that the government “does not currently expect to call to testify at trial.”
Maxwell’s role as a “procurer” for Epstein is considered by many to be just as vile, if not more so, than Epstein’s, and there is a great deal of hope that her conviction will bring some closure to the victims of their heinous operations.
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