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Prosecutors agree to dismiss perjury counts Ghislaine Maxwell faces if her conviction sticks - Erie News Now

Prosecutors agree to dismiss perjury counts Ghislaine Maxwell faces if her conviction sticks - Erie News Now
By Sonia Moghe, CNN

By Sonia Moghe, CNN Prosecutors have agreed to dismiss separate perjury counts Ghislaine Maxwell faces at sentencing if she is unsuccessful in getting a new trial "in light of the victims' significant interests in bringing closure to this matter and avoiding the trauma of testifying again," according to a court filing on Monday.But her defense attorneys argue that she should not have to "expend resources" on other post-trial motions until after US District Judge Alison Nathan decides whether or not Maxwell should be granted a new trial.Defense attorneys want to delay setting a sentencing schedule because there is a "compelling basis" for the court to overturn Maxwell's conviction and grant her a new trial.Maxwell's attorneys have argued that she should be granted a new trial after a member of the jury gave post-trial interviews saying he had been sexually abused and shared his story with fellow jurors during deliberations.

" Defense attorneys argued in a court filing that the Supreme Court has ruled that 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 filing -- by prosecutors and defense attorneys -- was meant to be a jointly proposed schedule for Maxwell's sentencing after she was convicted of five of six counts in December, including sex trafficking a minor.

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