Dec 17 -- Maxwell's defense began
the third Friday of the trial pushing to
keep their case open until Monday. They said
they had a witness who would fly in from
London, from the Nag's Head Pub no less, to
testify about Ghislaine's ownership (versus
residence) of a property there during the
Nathan, who had canceled three trial days
for her nomination hearing in DC, said to
just stipulate to it. On another witness,
Kelly, she asked why the defense had waited
until so late to bring up the idea of the
Marshals bringing her in. She said she had a
rule: if a side did not have its next
witness ready, they had to rest.
online asked Kurt what it meant, to rest.
Were Maxwell's lawyers lazy?
didn't seem so. Kurt stopped and explained
about the close of evidence, and the
government's right to put on a rebuttal
case. Then came the day's first witness, a
former Palm Beach law enforcement officer
named Jason Richards. He read from the notes
he took, with Maxwell's lawyers emphasizing
to the jury things he had not written down.
They did the same with the second and last
officer, Amanda Young.
came the defense's big witness, girlfriend
of Jeffrey and wife of another hedge funder,
Eva Andersson Dubin. Former doctor, mother
of three, now with Alzheimer's, it seemed.
She mentioned another former girlfriend of
Jeffrey's, a Francis or Frances Jardine, and
authenticated some of the still sealed
came what the defense thought was the
kill-shot. "Mrs Dubin," she was asked, "Did
you ever engage in group sex with Jane?"
Eva Andersson said. But then under cross
examination she acknowledged that she has
memory problems now, can't remember what
happened last month. Next!
was another rosy picture of Epstein's
Madison Avenue business, from Michelle
Healy. But she was asked, Are you the only
Michelle in the world?
hope not, she answered, drawing the first
laugh of the day from the jury. Would it be
the lunch break Kurt went out into Foley
Square. For December it was a warm day, and
he took off his jacket with its
breaking-down zipper to live stream. He got
dumping and a hot and sour soup on Henry
Street because the line in Tasty Dumpling on
Mulberry was too long. Here the two together
were only four dollars, rather than the five
on Mulberry. But the soup was not as hot, in
raced back it but at first it seemed for
nothing. The lawyers were buzzing around
getting stipulations signed. Bobbi Sternheim
leaned over Maxwell in her purple sweater.
The moment of truth was coming.
Nathan came in and before the jury entered
asked, Ms Maxwell, have you considered your
decision whether or not to testify?
than a simple yes or no, or formal line
through counsel, Maxwell said, clearly
prepared, Your Honor, the government has not
proved its case beyond a reasonable, so
there is no need for me to testify.
was made of this, Kurt even making of it a
headline. But it was only for that, for
media. The jury never heard it. Would it be
Maxwell's last public words?
Nathan brought the jury in and they heard
the stipulations, ranging from Annie
Farmer's boots to Mike Wallace's birthday.
Then she told them to come on Monday at 9 am
and be prepared to stay to 6. They wanted to
get through the closing arguments and
rebuttal, and the legal charge that would be
hammered out tomorrow, Saturday (the jury
didn't hear this last).
Nathan said she would finish her draft of
the jury charge by six. But would it go into
the docket? Kurt stayed waiting at the PACER
terminal, using the time to tweet out a
photo of YouTube's email to him denying even
on appeal monetization of last Saturday's
responses bashed Big Tech censors. Another
said, Learn how to screenshot. A third said,
don't give up your day job for music. Kurt
wasn't planning to.
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