COURTHOUSE, Dec 18 -- The Maxwell charging
conference was held on Saturday, with
rain-swept Foley Square otherwise empty.
Up the courtroom as Maxwell's lawyer
Everdell, unlike his meandering
cross-examinations, scored point after point
with Judge Nathan, getting foreign
trafficking removed and "the defendant"
switch to 'Ms. Maxwell," Kurt paid closer
attention than usual.
during the week, when he tried to listen to
and even live-tweet other criminal
proceedings over the call-in lines denied
here, on Saturday #MaximumMaxwell
was all that he was covering. He was already
starting the work on a Mount Vernon police
brutality project, but that could wait
until after, over the PACER terminal. Today
was a day to look more closely.
was woman in the front room, whispering in
the ear of Maxwell's brother.The
a fixture through the trial days after
afterward on Pearl Street and in Foley
Square, took down his COVID mask to drink
bottled water. Then he didn't pull the mask
Kurt it was ironic. Judge Nathan amid COVID
and now Omicron had denied his request for a
public call in line, while ordering social
distancing in the courtrooms, even the
overflow. Now right in the front row,
Maxwell's brother went maskless.
tweeted it. Within less than a minute,
Maxwell's brother was staring at the
cellphone held out to him by the woman to
his right, then looking up and pulling up
his mask. Kurt tweeted that too, mentioning
for context and woman and the phone. How had
the woman brought it in?
She was Leah Saffian, a lawyer, yes -
but in California. It had taken Kurt months
to get the right to bring in his phone. How
had it worked so quickly for Saffian?
the docket on PACER showed, was not only of
the five lawyers who'd filed notices of
appears in the case, including Mark Cohen no
longer at the defense table but still being
chided, by the prosecution and then more
mutedly by Judge Nathan. But one of the four
- only three were here for most of the
charging conference, with Laura Menninger
stepping out presumably to prepare her
closing argument for Monday - had written to
Judge Nathan about Saffian.
April 2021, Sternheim had written, she and
Leah Saffian, Esq had gone for a legal visit
in the MDC with Maxwell. They had been
filmed throughout, then legal papers taken.
Saffian was enough of a lawyer for Maxwell
to get into the MDC, even though no notice
of appearance in the docket of Maxwell's
case. Who else did that? #MaximumMaxwell.
On October 29,
2021 and again on November 12
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New York filed
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