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Ghislaine Maxwell’s conviction for sex trafficking upheld

Jeffrey Epstein’s long time girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell has had her sex trafficking conviction upheld.

Judge Alison Nathan of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit upheld Maxwell’s conviction on transporting a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity and sex trafficking of minors. However, Judge Nathan ruled that the three conspiracy counts Maxwell was convicted of were “multiplicitous,” and sentencing the convicted sex trafficker on all of them would violate the Fifth Amendment’s Double Jeopardy Clause.

Last month, Judge Nathan had denied Maxwell’s request for a new trial after a juror had disclosed to other jurors during jury deliberations that he had been sexually abused as a child and had not revealed that fact in response to questions about prior sex abuse posed in a written questionnaire.

Maxwell was accused of recruiting and grooming four teenagers for Epstein between 1994 and 2004. Epstein committed suicide in a Manhattan jail cell as he awaited trial on sex abuse charges of his own.

Maxwell was found guilty in December by a 12-person New York jury of five of the six counts she was facing, including sex trafficking.

Maxwell is due to be sentenced in June.

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