A federal appeals court in New York has ordered the unsealing of up to 2,000 pages of judicial documents related to sex criminal Jeffrey Epstein and his alleged accomplice, Ghislaine Maxwell in a Wednesday ruling.
Epstein, 66, wooed underage girls with a series of recruiters to his Palm Beach waterfront mansion from the years of 1997 to 2006. He claimed he was going to give massages to the girls, but would then sexually abuse them, and use them to recruit other victims.
Epstein received immunity for his crimes after pleading guilty to lesser charges in 2008. He only received 13 months of confinement in the Palm Beach County stockade, with work release that is usually barred for sex offenders. He was never prosecuted federally, which has fueled conspiracy theories that his elite connections allowed him to evade justice.
Maxwell, 57, denies that she helped Epstein with his operation but nevertheless has fought to keep the records of a civil case from seeing the light of the day. Following today’s ruling, they will now be seen by the public.
The U.S. Court of Appeals decided that a lower district court was mistaken when it sealed the case and essentially provided cover for Epstein, Maxwell and others mentioned in the lawsuit.
“The District Court failed to review the documents individually and produce ‘specific, on‐the‐record findings that sealing is necessary to preserve higher values.’ Instead, the District Court made generalized statements about the record as a whole. This … was legal error,’’ the appeals court wrote.
“When faithfully observing its best traditions, the print and electronic media ‘contributes to public understanding of the rule of law’ and ‘validates [its] claim of functioning as surrogates for the public.’ At the same time, the media does the public a profound disservice when it reports on parties’ allegations uncritically,’’ the ruling stated.
The Miami Herald was joined by other news agencies such as the New York Times and Washington Post in filing a brief to the court requesting that the files be released to the public.
“We continue to believe that justice was not well served by the secrecy cloaking nearly every aspect of Mr. Epstein’s alleged sex crimes,” said Casey Frank, who works as senior editor for investigations with the Miami Herald. “We are all better off when allegations as serious as those against Mr. Epstein are held up to the light rather than buried.”
Virginia Roberts Giuffre brought the civil case forth in 2015 in a New York court. She claims she was sex trafficked while underage by Epstein and Maxwell to government officials, attorneys, academics and other members of the elite establishment, including Prince Andrew and Alan Dershowitz. Maxwell called Giuffre a liar, which resulted in a subsequent defamation suit.
The suit was decided favorably toward Giuffre in 2017, but the documents related to the case have remained sealed. The public will now be able to understand the illicit details uncovered due to the suit.
“The most important point is the court is saying that facts that are brought out in court proceedings that go to improper and, in some cases, unlawful conduct should not be concealed from the public,’’ Giuffre’s attorney, David Boies said.
“The court is saying the public has a right to know what the evidence is in cases involving the public interest. Cases of sexual abuse and sex trafficking are cases in which the public has an obvious and compelling interest,” he added.
The ruling may be appealed by two unnamed individuals who do not want their names to be connected to the case.
President Trump Hopes Ghislaine Maxwell Stays ‘Well’ Behind Bars, Avoids Jeffrey Epstein’s Fate
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President Donald Trump doubled down on his controversial sentiments to Ghislaine Maxwell, the alleged accomplice of dead pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
Maxwell has been in the news following her apprehension for her purported role in Epstein’s child sex trafficking operation. Trump said that he wished her well, and made it clear that he does not want her to end up like Epstein.
“Her friend, or boyfriend, was either killed or committed suicide in jail. She’s now in jail,” Trump said to Axios’ Jonathan Swan in an interview airing on HBO last night.
“Yeah, I wish her well,” he said. “I’d wish you well. I’d wish a lot of people well. Good luck. Let them prove somebody was guilty.”
Trump had received criticism after wishing her well previously, after he was questioned about Maxwell’s apprehension at a recent coronavirus press conference.
“I’ve met her numerous times over the years, especially since I lived in Palm Beach, and I guess they lived in Palm Beach. But I wish her well, whatever it is,” Trump said at the press conference.
Trump made it clear with his comments that he hopes Maxwell stays alive throughout the court process. It has been widely speculated that Maxwell could end up dying mysteriously like her former right-hand man did behind bars.
“I do wish her well. I’m not looking for anything bad for her. I’m not looking bad for anybody,” Trump said.
“But I do know that her friend or boyfriend [Epstein] was either killed or committed suicide in jail,” the president added.
Big League Politics has reported on Maxwell’s reported fears that she will be targeted in jail before she can cut a deal regarding the treasure trove of alleged blackmail material compiled through Epstein’s ‘Pedo Island’ operation:
Jeffrey Epstein’s former ‘madame’ Ghislane Maxwell believes the pedophile billionaire, who was her ex-lover, was murdered in a Manhattan jail, and fears the same fate in pretrial detention at a jail in Brooklyn.
“Everyone’s view including Ghislaine’s, is Epstein was murdered. She received death threats before she was arrested,” reported the Sun on Sunday, quoting an unnamed purported Maxwell contact. Maxwell had reportedly contracted the services of veterans of the British Armed Forces, fearing potentially assassination attempts following the death of Epstein and a deluge of death threats communicated to her.
The Maxwell contact, who remained in contact with her throughout her time in hiding in New Hampshire, states that she believes Maxwell fears dying suspiciously in a manner similar to Epstein while in the Brooklyn jail.
Maxwell was arrested at a secretive New Hampshire getaway last month by FBI agents, in regards to an investigation probing her involvement in the deceased pedophile billionaire’s underage sex trafficking network. The Department of Justice is accusing Maxwell of procuring, transporting and in turn personally abusing underage girls for Epstein and an elite network of the New York financier’s political and financial contacts to abuse.
Maxwell broke down in tears last week when a federal judge denied her bail, citing the heiress’ collection of properties around the world and her “extraordinary capacity to evade detection.”
President Trump is hoping that Maxwell’s health does not take a turn for the worst so justice can be served, and the elites serviced by Epstein’s child sex network can face repercussions for their unspeakable behavior.
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