“We have reviewed all of the arguments raised by Defendant-Appellant Maxwell on appeal and find them to be without merit. We DENY the motion to consolidate this appeal with the pending appeal in United States v. Maxwell.”
That was the ruling decided by a three-judge Court of Appeals where they decided that a lower court judge was not wrong when they ordered the release of 418-page deposition from April 2016 given by Ghislaine Maxwell with information on Jeffrey Epstein and his sex trafficking empire.
Ghislaine Maxwell is supposedly the madam for now deceased Jeffrey Epstein who is responsible for the sexual abuse and trafficking of dozens of young girls. Over the summer, U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska ordered the release of hundreds of documents from a lawsuit involving Maxwell and Epstein from 2015. Virginia Roberts Giuffre is the accuser and was 17 at the time of the abuse. In 2017, the case was settled and the release of the deposition was ordered. Maxwell tried to fight back saying that releasing these documents would jeopardize a fair trial for her, the appeal was denied.
Maxwell has been charged with four counts of sexual trafficking of a minor for recruiting young girls to have sex with Jeffrey Epstein and several other high ranking people. She has also been charged with two counts of perjury for statements from an April 2016 deposition.
Monday’s ruling determined that Judge Preska was correct when she blocked the appeal from Maxwell to keep her deposition private. The ruling states, “the District Court correctly held that the deposition materials are judicial documents to which the presumption of public access attaches, and did not abuse its discretion in rejecting Maxwell’s meritless arguments that her interests superseded the presumption of access.”
It is still unknown when Judge Preska will the transcript of the documents from the deposition, but many documents from the case have already been released.
Sources: Miami Herald, Daily Caller; Photo-The Guardian