Once it was revealed that one juror in the Ghislaine Maxwell trial failed to disclose that he was molested as a child, Maxwell thought for sure she could score a new trial.
But a thousand trials would lend a thousand guilty verdicts. Thus, there’s no reason to waste tax payer dollars.
Juror Scotty David didn’t disclose his history of abuse. However, U.S. District Judge Alison J. Nathan called the incident “highly unfortunate,” adding that it was clearly not “deliberate”.
Conservative Brief adds:
“His failure to disclose his prior sexual abuse during the jury selection process was highly unfortunate, but not deliberate. The court further concludes that juror 50 harbored no bias toward the defendant and could serve as a fair and impartial juror,” the judge said, according to the report.
In recent weeks, David admitted under oath that when filling out his jury screening questionnaire, he “flew through” it because he said he was “super-distracted” by events taking place around him. According to The Associated Press, he said, “I didn’t lie in order to get on this jury.”
David’s questionnaire answer became an issue after Maxwell’s attorneys noticed that his answer didn’t jibe with his public rhetoric.
In an early January interview with several British news outlets, David “described a moment during the deliberations when he told fellow jurors in Maxwell’s trial that, like some of the victims of the late financier Epstein, he had been sexually abused as a child,” as noted by the AP.
“I know what happened when I was sexually abused. I remember the color of the carpet, the walls. Some of it can be replayed like a video. But I can’t remember all the details, there are some things that run together,” he said in the interview, providing a description of what he told the jury.
In addition, he said that he had also “convinced other jurors that a victim’s imperfect memory of sex abuse doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.”
Obviously, Maxwell thought this was enough to overturn her conviction. But I prefer to look at it like this. God put the right people on that jury because that evil wench belongs behind bars. She’s a sex-trafficker. Plain and simple.
Request for Replay
Maxwell’s attorneys submitted a letter to Judge Nathan asserting that “based on undisputed, public information, the Court can and should order a new trial without any evidenciary hearing.”
One attorney, Christian Everdell, said there were “incontrovertible grounds” for Maxwell to get a new trial.
Everdell described the matter as “an issue of pressing importance,” saying disclosures by the juror “influenced the deliberations and convinced other members of the jury to convict Ms. Maxwell.”
“Excusing Juror 50’s false answers because he believes his concealed history of sexual abuse did not affect his ability to serve as a fair and impartial juror does not satisfy the appearance of justice. Only a new trial would,” the attorneys argued.
“Nathan’s decision on whether a new trial is warranted could hinge on how the juror responded to questions during jury selection about his experiences with sexual abuse, which legal experts said was a key question that defense lawyers were looking at to weed out potentially biased jurors,” Reuters reported at the time in early January.
“The juror, who asked to be identified by his first and middle names, Scotty David, told Reuters on Tuesday evening that during deliberations after some jurors expressed skepticism about the accounts of two of Maxwell’s accusers, he shared his experience of having been sexually abused as a child,” Reuters added.
“When I shared that, they were able to sort of come around on, they were able to come around on the memory aspect of the sexual abuse,” David noted.
“Later…The New York Times reported that a second juror described having been sexually abused as a child during deliberations. That juror, who requested anonymity to speak to the Times, said this revelation appeared to help shape the jury’s discussion,” Reuters added.
Honestly, I believe Maxwell should face the facts. There is no hope of over-turning her conviction. She’s disgusting. She helped victimize young women to appease a predator she was drawn to. It’s sickening. The only decent thing she’s ever done is to stop fighting to keep her John Does a secret. Yet, we’ve still not determined exactly who they are.
However, we do know eight men are sweating bullets. Because they may soon find themselves in Epstein’s Paradise, the one with bars surrounding the enclosure and metal toilets next to every bunk. It’s the perfect kind of get-a-way for people like Maxwell.