US prosecutors want at least 30 years in prison

US prosecutors want at least 30 years in prison

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Ghislaine Maxwell should face at least 30 years in sex trafficking charges when she is convicted next week for her role in facilitating the abuse of teenage girls by Jeffrey Epstein, New York federal prosecutors said in court filings.

“Ghislaine Maxwell has been sexually exploiting young girls for years. It’s difficult to overestimate the magnitude of her crimes and the damage she caused. Their crimes require justice,” a court filing said on Wednesday. “The government is urging the court to impose a sentence within current guidelines of 360 to 660 months in prison.”

The prosecution’s request comes a week after Maxwell’s attorneys argued that she should be “well under” the 20-year sentence recommended by law enforcement officials. Although Maxwell’s defense attorney and prosecutor each make their case for an appropriate sentence, the ultimate decision rests with Alison Nathan, the judge.

“Maxwell’s behavior was appallingly predatory,” prosecutors said, pleading for a lengthy sentence. “She was a calculating, sophisticated, and dangerous criminal who exploited vulnerable young girls and primed them for sexual abuse.

“Not only did her behavior demonstrate a callous disregard for other people, but her practice of attacking vulnerable victims reflects her view that struggling young girls could be treated as disposable objects.”

Maxwell was convicted December 29 for her role in the sexual abuse of girls by the late financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, some of whom were as young as 14, which put her into his orbit. She will be sentenced on June 28. She protests her innocence.

Epstein was arrested by federal authorities in July 2019 on sex trafficking charges. He killed himself in a New York federal prison while his case was pending.

In their plea for leniency, Maxwell’s attorneys claimed that her prison conditions were appalling, alleging that “an inmate in Ms. Maxwell’s unit threatened to kill her and claimed that an additional 20 years in prison was worth the money she was paying for the murder.” to Mrs. Maxwell Maxwell”.

They also argued that an emotionally abusive childhood — at the hands of an emotionally explosive father, publishing baron Robert Maxwell — prepared them for Epstein’s influence. Robert Maxwell died in a boating accident shortly after his daughter moved to New York in 1991 to start a magazine for his publishing empire.

“Your relationship with Epstein began in a moment of extreme vulnerability [in] Ghislaine’s life after the tragic death of our father. He, our father, was a powerful and dominant figure,” several of her siblings claimed in criminal complaints.

“And as older siblings, we witnessed our father taking Ghislaine under his wing, which made her overly dependent on his approval and vulnerable to his frequent, rapid mood swings, big outbursts of anger and rejection,” they said. “This made her very vulnerable to abusive and powerful men who were able to take advantage of her innate good nature.”

“It is striking that Ghislaine did not engage in perverted behavior prior to meeting Epstein. She also didn’t show one after she left him, which she eventually did,” they claimed. “The effects of our father’s mentally abusive treatment foreshadowed Epstein’s own ability to exploit, manipulate and control her.”

“She had a difficult, traumatic childhood with an overbearing, narcissistic, and demanding father. It made her vulnerable to Epstein, whom she met right after her father died,” Maxwell’s attorneys said. “It’s the biggest mistake she’s made in her life and one she hasn’t repeated and will never repeat.”

Prosecutors criticized this argument, saying that Maxwell’s upbringing did not support a lesser sentence.

“Although many defendants come to court with compelling mitigating factors from difficult upbringing, Maxwell is not one of them. She has enjoyed a remarkably privileged life, living in luxury and moving in social circles among the famous and powerful,” they wrote.

“And while the defendant may have had a marginally less positive experience than other exceptionally wealthy children, it’s hard to see how harsh conversations at the family table can be an excuse for participating in a child exploitation program.”

Elsewhere in the document, prosecutors also insisted that Maxwell was not passive in her role in facilitating Epstein’s abusive conduct, saying, “The defendant acted as the organizer and director of a massive operation that spanned many years.” “

“As lady of the house and Epstein’s right-hand man, the defendant was responsible for overseeing and organizing extensive logistics necessary to facilitate the sexual abuse of multiple minors and ensuring a culture of silence that prevented this scheme from being exposed was,” they wrote. “Epstein and the defendant were two knowledgeable participants who took the lead in identifying, seducing and grooming underage girls to be abused.”

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