A federal judge ordered a investigation on whether the juror’s alleged false statements in the selection process require a new trial for the convicted sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell.
That interview is now scheduled for March 8.
By order on Thursday, U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan say that jurors Scotty David’s The “direct, clear statement to multiple news outlets” following Maxwell’s conviction “casts doubt on the accuracy of his answers during the jury selection process. Although he went public in press interviews under his first two names, his identity is currently shielded in court documents as “Juror 50”.
“Because of the important consideration of final judgments, the standard for a post-judgment hearing is very high,” Judge Nathan wrote in a three-page order. “The Court concluded and the Government acknowledged that the rigorous standard for holding a post-sentence evidence hearing was met as to whether Juror 50 failed to answer truthfully during the jury selection process. about whether he was a victim of sexual abuse.”
David told multiple news outlets that his experience as a childhood sexual abuse survivor informed his decision. guilty Maxwell on sex trafficking and other possible federal crimes Jeffrey Epstein complicity for the rest of her life.
The jury was subsequently interviewed by Reuters and Daily mail, ran a video interview. David is said to have told reporters that he went through part of a jury questionnaire that asked him if he or any friend or family member had been a victim of abuse. sex or not. Although his questionnaire has not been made public, many newspapers have reported that the “No” answer box has been checked.
“The 50 Jury Post-trial statements are ‘clear, strong, substantial and indisputable evidence of a specific, non-cumulative inaccuracy’ – namely a statement wrong in the jury selection process – happened,” Nathan wrote.
Other news outlets, including New York Times, reported that other Maxwell jurors had stepped forward, saying they were sexual abuse survivors. Maxwell’s defense attorneys also wanted to question them, but the judge found their personal records inaccurate.
“For clarity, the potential mismatch is not that someone with a history of sexual abuse could have served on a jury,” Nathan notes. “Rather, it’s the jury’s ability to honestly not answer questions during the selection process that asked for that important information in order to uncover any potential bias.”
Nathan refused Maxwell’s request to question anyone but David, who has now retained his attorney Todd Spodek—Who also represents the “false heir” Anna Sorokin—Allegations that he misrepresented documents under oath. She also denied Maxwell’s request for a new test “on this record,” for now.
Although prosecutors specifically accepted the requested investigation, the former sex trafficking prosecutor Mitchell Epner told Law & Crime that Nathan’s order “seriously puts the sentence in jeopardy,” especially with regard to the juror’s possible criminal liability.
Epner, a partner at Rottenberg Lipman Rich PC, said: “I can’t imagine the Juror 50 volunteering to answer questions. “The 50th jury will have the Fifth Amendment right not to answer questions. Those Fifth Amendment assertions cannot be used against a 50th Jury in a potential criminal prosecution against Jury 50. But the defense will argue that the court is liberal. , in connection with the prosecution of Ghislaine Maxwell, to draw the inference that honest answers by Jury 50 would convict Juror 50.”
If the judge made an adverse inference that David had knowingly made false statements, Epner said that could help Maxwell secure a new trial.
Maxwell’s defense attorney Bobbi Sternheim did not immediately respond to an email requesting comment. The United States Attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York declined to comment.
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