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In Maxwell Trial She Says No Need to Testify As Defense Rests, Charge Talk Saturday, Closings Monday

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SDNY COURTHOUSE, Dec 17 – Ghislaine Maxwell, charged with sex trafficking and other charges, is amid a trial that started on November 29,  after the November 23 final-final pre trial conference, vlog here.

  On October 29 and again on November 12 Maxell  and the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York filed a flurry of motions in limine, heavily redacted; the Government argued that trial exhibits are not public and will be withheld. Inner City Press opposed and opposes the continued secrecy. And see DC op-ed here.

 On December 16, after a three day hiatus as Judge Nathan went to DC seeking 2d Circuit seat, Maxwell's defense began, with her executive assistant Cimerly Espinosa. Inner City Press live tweeted here, 8:45 am live stream here, podcast here

 On the afternoon of December 17, the defense rested, and Ghislaine Maxwell said there was no reason for her to testify because, she said, the government had not proved its case beyond a reasonable doubt, after Eva Dubin. Inner City Press live tweeted here, podcast here, midday live stream here

Eva: I can't remember things from last month.  Maxwell's lawyer: This does not need to be discussed. AUSA Moe: Nothing further. No redirect.

Judge Nathan: Defense may call its next witness.

It's Michelle Healy. She says: I'm 47, live in Dallas, as a housewife. My husband is an architect. My system Shannon lives in Albuqueque. I grew up on Long Island. NY from 1974 to 1999. Menninger: Where did you work in 1996? Healy: J. Epstein and company.

 Healy: I went to Zorro ranch, my sister was working there.  Maxwell's lawyer: Were you ever involved in any group sexualized massages with Jane? Healy: Absolutely not.

Cross. AUSA Comey: Are you the only Michelle in the world? Michelle Healy: I hope not. AUSA: Never flew on Epstein's plane? Healy: No. AUSA: Nothing further.

In court with jury out, Maxwell's lawyer pushing to have Nag's Head Pub witness testify on Monday.

 Judge Nathan: I always say, I have so many bridges to cross. I cross the bridge that is in front of me. Maxwell's lawyer: We want to put in property records about Stanhope Mews, too. They are self-authenticating.

 Judge Nathan: What do we have after lunch? Maxwell's lawyer: We'll try to work out the other stips. Judge Nathan: So, no more defense witnesses? I'm going to spend my remaining lunch hour reviewing Kelly. AUSA: If not Monday morning, it's too late.

 Judge Nathan: It'll be a long break for the jury - try to confer. Now out to Foley Square  Here's the case being cited

Judge Nathan: I'm sustaining the objection, given the posture of that case at the time [it was on summary judgment] AUSA: In the old deposition of Epstein, the government's goal wasn't what it is here, to determine where he was living, there or on 9 East 71st St 

 Now: allocution. Judge Nathan: Ms. Maxwell, please rise. The decision to testify or not is your decision. Do you understand? Maxwell: Your Honor, the government had not proved its case beyond a reasonable doubt. So there is no need for me to testify.

 Now stipulations being read into the record including... Annie Farmer's boots were seized by the FBI on June 29, 2021. Also, when the Lion King opened. and that  Dominique Hyppotite would testify that the Palm Beach school maintains records (Roberts)

Maxwell's lawyer: At this time the defense rests. AUSA: The US has no further case. Judge Nathan: Jurors, you'll hear closing arguments then I'll instruct you on the law and you'll begin deliberations. Monday, I ask we start 9 am. And it's possible he'll go to 6

 Judge Nathan: Continue following my instructions. No communications with each other any anyone else about the case. Keep an open mind until summations and my instructions. Be cautious out there. I want to see everyone back here Monday at 9. All rise!

Jury leaves. Judge Nathan: I'll get your a draft of the charge by 6 pm. And we'll meet here at 9 am for the charging conference. AUSA: Who should be reach out to about logistics?

Judge Nathan: We'll have some staff here over the weekend for the charging conference.

 Judge Nathan: See you tomorrow morning [Saturday]. Adjourned

On December 10, leading up to the US resting of its case, Annie Farmer was cross examined, then her ex-boyfriend and mother testified. Inner City Press live tweeted it here, podcast here, stand-up, GMax sister - and circus

Again, where is the Press opposition to all this sealing, and the decision-maker?

Inner City Press is covering the trial, and all the comes before and after it; #CourtCaseCast and song I, Song 2, Song 3, fifth song, Nov 27 song Dec 4 song and now Dec 11 song

On October 18 the US Attorney's Office opposed the request, saying the the voir dire questions should be asked by Judge Nathan, and that there should only be sidebars on "sensitive questions such as those that relate to sexual abuse and media exposure." Full letter on Patreon here.

 In a conference on October 21 on that as scheduling issues, Judge Nathan denied the request to seal. Inner City Press live tweeted it here (podcast here)

On October 22 the draft jury questionnaire was unsealed and Inner City Press has immediately published it on its DocumentCloud here, including "Have you or a family member ever supported, lobbied, petitioned, protested, or  worked in any other manner for or against any laws, regulations, or organizations relating to sex trafficking, sex crimes against minors, sex abuse or sexual harassment?" Photo here.

   After the death of Jeffrey Epstein in the MCC prison, on July 2 Acting US Attorney for the SDNY Audrey Strauss announced and unsealed in indictment of Maxwell on charges including sex trafficking and perjury.

   Inner City Press went to her press conference at the US Attorney's Office and asked, Doesn't charging Maxwell with perjury undercut any ability to use testimony from her against other, bigger wrong-doers? Periscope here at 23:07.

  Strauss replied that it is not impossible to use a perjurer's testimony. But how often does it work?

  At 3:30 pm on July 2 Maxwell appeared in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampsire, before Magistriate Judge Andrea K. Johnstone. Inner City Press live tweeted it here.
(Also live tweeted bail denial of July 14, here.)

   In the July 3 media coverage of Maxwell, media all of the world used a video and stills from it of Maxwell speaking in front of a blue curtain, like here.

 What they did not mention is something Inner City Press has been asking the UN about, as under UNSG Antonio Guterres with his own sexual exploitation issues (exclusive video and audio) it got roughed up and banned from the UN: Ghislaine Maxwell had a ghoulish United Nations press conference, under the banner of the "Terramar Project," here.

 On July 5, after some crowd-sourcing, Inner City Press reported on another Ghislaine Maxwell use of the United Nations, facilitated by Italy's Permanent Representative to the UN, UN official Nikhil Seth and Amir Dossal, who also let into the UN and in one case took money from convicted UN briber Ng Lap Seng, and Patrick Ho of CEFC China Energy, also linked to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.

  At the Ghislaine Maxwell UN event, the UN Deputy Secretary General was directly involved.

List of (some of) the participants on Patreon here.

  Inner City Press has published a phone of Maxwell in the UN with Dossal, here. But the connection runs deeper: Dossal with "25 years of UN involvement" was on Terrarmar's board of directors, one of only five directors, only three not related to Maxwell by blood and name.

The directors: Ghislaine Maxwell, Christine Malina-Maxwell, Steven Haft, Christine Dennison and... Amir Dossal. Inner City Press is publishing this full 990 on Patreon here.

  Dossal has operated through the UN Office of Partnership, with Antonio Guterres and his deputy Amina J. Mohammed, here.

And the links to the world of UN bribery, including Antonio Guterres through the Gulbenkian Foundation, runs deeper. More to follow.

Antonio Guterres claims he has zero tolerance for sexual exploitation, but covers it up and even participate in it. He should be forced to resign - and/or have immunity waived.

  Terramar has been dissolved, even though Maxwell's former fundraiser / director of development Brian Yurasits still lists the URL on his (protected) Twitter profile, also here.

  But now Inner City Press has begun to inquire into Ghislaine Maxwell's other United Nations connections, starting with this photograph of another day's (or at least another outfit's) presentation in the UN, here. While co-conspirator Antonio Guterres has had Inner City Press banned from any entry into the UN for two years and a day, this appears to be in the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) chamber. We'll have more on this, and on Epstein and the UN. Watch this site.

  The case is US v. Maxwell, 20-cr-330 (Nathan).


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