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erienewsnow.com 15 Jan, 2022 04:00 am

Judge sets tentative sentencing date for convicted sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell - Erie News Now

Judge sets tentative sentencing date for convicted sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell - Erie News Now
By Mallika Kallingal and Brian Vitagliano, CNN

Defense attorneys want to delay setting the sentencing schedule because they say there is "compelling basis" for the court to overturn Maxwell's conviction and grant her a new trial.Maxwell's attorneys say she should be granted a new trial after a member of the jury who convicted her gave post-trial interviews saying he had been sexually abused and shared his story with fellow jurors during deliberations." Defense attorneys say in a court filing the Supreme Court has ruled a defendant is entitled to a new trial if a party can show a juror failed to answer a material question honestly during jury questioning.The parties are still litigating the issue and Judge Nathan will eventually rule on the motion for a new trial.

Jurors were explicitly asked on jury questionnaire forms if they had been sexually abused and if it would impact their abilities to be impartial while deliberating.She was acquitted on the charge of enticing a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts.

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