A Manhattan jury deliberating the fate of Ghislaine Maxwell ended its third full day of deliberations Monday, December 27, 2021, without reaching a verdict — as a judge warned jurors they could start working overtime.
Over objections from Maxwell’s defense team, Manhattan Federal Court Judge Alison Nathan told the panelists to prepare to stay an extra hour each day starting Tuesday.
“I would like you to make yourselves available until at least 6 p.m.,” she said. “I don’t mean to pressure you in any way.”
Maxwell and her lawyer Bobbi Sternheim shook their heads as Nathan said she would tell jurors to prepare to start staying later. The defense team argued the warning improperly implied the jury should hurry up.
Federal courts will be closed Thursday and Friday, New Year’s Eve. If jurors don’t reach a verdict by Wednesday, deliberations will resume in the new year.
Maxwell, who turned 60 behind bars on Christmas Day, has pleaded not guilty to charges that she allegedly enticed, trafficked, and transported teenage girls abused by Jeffrey Epstein from 1994 to 2004. The charges carry a potential 70-year prison sentence.
Earlier Monday, jurors signaled they were rehashing the three-week trial when they asked the court for different color Post-its, a whiteboard, markers, and the legal definition of “enticement.”
The panel also wanted to review testimony from Matt, a corroborating witness and former boyfriend of Jane — the first accuser to testify against Maxwell. Jane claimed she was 14 when Epstein and Maxwell first sexually abused her in conduct that allegedly continued for years. Both provided testimony under pseudonyms.
Matt testified that during the years he dated and lived with Jane, from 2007 to 2014, she told him of a wealthy, godfather-type who had helped her mother pay the bills.
“She would just say to me, ‘Matt, the money wasn’t f—–g free,’” he testified Dec. 1. “She never went into detail. She just said it wasn’t free.”
Matt said he would learn the mysterious man’s identity in 2009 when the financier’s sex crimes first made headlines — and Jane connected the dots.
The panel also wanted to review testimony from David Rodgers, one of Epstein’s private pilots who testified for the government.
The jurors additionally asked whether it was possible to find Maxwell guilty of transporting Jane to be sexually abused by Epstein at his New Mexico ranch if they only have evidence that Maxwell arranged for the teen’s flight home.
Nathan renewed her warning to jurors to stay safe amid a record-breaking surge in COVID-19 cases.
“In light of the increase in the [omicron] variant,” noted the judge, “I need you all here and healthy.”