When Jeffrey Epstein allegedly committed suicide in a high-security detention center in the heart of Manhattan, in a part of the prison where the cameras were mysteriously out of order, the hope that his victim would find justice seemed to vanish.
Epstein, who had already been given a sweetheart deal years earlier on charges of child-sex trafficking, had again been picked up on such foul charges. This time around, America believed it would be different. Those whom he exploited would find themselves face-to-face with this monster of a man in court, and he would be publicly shamed and imprisoned.
Then came his death, which squashed almost all of those possibilities.
Authorities have managed to arrest his right-hand woman, Ghislaine Maxwell, however, and as the case against her moves forward one judge has made a startling admission.
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A federal judge on Thursday agreed with Ghislaine Maxwell’s request to keep certain details in the criminal case against her secret — finding that information would be too “sensational and impure” to reveal to the public.
US District Judge Alison J. Nathan issued a ruling on redactions that Maxwell had asked for regarding transcripts the government filed under seal last month.
“Those portions of the transcript, which were redacted in the civil matter, concern privacy interests and their disclosure would merely serve to cater to a ‘craving for that which is sensational and impure,’” Nathan wrote in the order.
The judge also granted redactions that prosecutors made when filing the transcript. Prosecutors had argued the redactions were necessary to “protect the integrity” of the investigation into Maxwell and to protect the privacy of third parties.
Maxwell’s role in the Epstein-led operation is unclear, but researchers have suggested that the British socialite would procure the underaged girls that Epstein would then provide to wealthy and powerful individuals for illicit reasons.
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