Jury Reaches Verdict in Ghislaine Maxwell Trial: Guilty on 5 Counts

NEW YORK—After five days of deliberation, a jury has found Ghislaine Maxwell guilty on five of the six sex-trafficking charges brought against her in federal court on Dec. 29.

Maxwell was found guilty on the following charges:

  • Count One, Conspiracy to Entice Minors to Travel to Engage in Illegal Sex Acts
  • Count Three, Conspiracy to Transport Minors with Intent to Engage in Criminal Sexual Activity
  • Count Four, Transportation of a Minor with Intent to Engage in Criminal Sexual Activity
  • Count Five, Conspiracy to Commit Sex Trafficking of Minors
  • Count Six, Sex Trafficking of Minors

The jury did not find her guilty on count two, Enticement of a Minor to Travel to Engage in Illegal Sex Acts.

Earlier in the morning at around 10:30 a.m. the jurors had requested transcripts of five witness testimonies. The jurors were off for two days for the Christmas holiday and were originally scheduled to have two days off for New Year’s, but Judge Alison Nathan requested they be available to work through them.

At 4:57 p.m., all parties were assembled in the courtroom and Nathan told them “we have our verdicts.” She asked everyone to remain seated and calm and reminded them that there were federal marshalls in the room in case they were needed. After the verdict was read she thanked everyone in the room and told them we’re adjourned.

The testimony of “Jane,” who testified how her abuse by Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein started when she was 14, was directly related to counts one through four.

Each of the non-conspiracy charges contained elements (up to four) and if the jury decided just one of them was not satisfied in the non-conspiracy charges, then Maxwell was not guilty of the entire charge.

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Ghislaine Maxwell listens as witness “Kate” is questioned by prosecutor Lara Pomerantz during the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell, the Jeffrey Epstein associate accused of sex trafficking, in a courtroom sketch in New York City, on Dec. 6, 2021. (Jane Rosenberg/Reuters)

Maggy Krell, a human rights attorney, former prosecutor in the California Office of the Attorney General, and author of the forthcoming book on sex trafficking, “Taking Down Backpage,” had anticipated a quick verdict.

“In my experience holiday jurors tend to be decisive,” she told The Epoch Times. “And I don’t think this case was overly complicated.

“You don’t learn in law school when jurors are coming back.”

Krell is aware of the grooming techniques of potential victims the prosecution presented in its case. “That’s how grooming works. It’s a classic technique of predators and it’s totally ubiquitous,” she said.

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Sarah Ransome, a victim of Jeffery Epstein arrives for the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell at the Thurgood Marshall United States Courthouse in New York City on Nov. 29, 2021. (Ryan R. Smith/AFP via Getty Images)

Krell added that even though the Maxwell case involves famous, wealthy people and private jets, “In a lot of ways it’s a very basic, sex-trafficking case that’s playing out throughout the country, because the techniques are so classic from the trafficker’s playbook and that’s the grooming,” she said.

As a former prosecutor, Krell knows how dubious a jury can be. “It only takes one juror to not agree,” she said. “Finding 12 people to agree is challenging.”

As for sentencing, “some of these counts have 10-year, mandatory minimums,” said Krell. “The judge [will] have to determine what she deserves under these circumstances.”

“Judges tend to not go light on defendants like this,” she said.

Sentencing will be in 2022.

From The Epoch Times