A federal judge Friday denied granting a new trial to British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, who had argued that her conviction for procuring underage girls to be sexually abused by Jeffrey Epstein was tainted by the presence of a juror who did not disclose he had himself been sexually abused.
Judge Alison Nathan said in her ruling that Maxwell’s lawyers had failed to satisfy the requirements for granting a new trial in a criminal case.
Nathan wrote that the juror had credibly testified that he “skimmed way too fast” over a questionnaire before Maxwell’s trial that asked prospective jurors if they had been the victims of sexual abuse.
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