No bail for the pedophile sex trafficker. – It was a tossup as to whether Jeffrey Epstein associate and procurer Ghislaine Maxwell would be safer from a non-suicide death similar to Epstein’s awaiting her trial in a federal prison or doing so roaming around free. As Epstein found out the hard way, the government’s brand of “protection” leaves much to be desired, given that he ended up dead barely 3 weeks following his arrest last July.
So deciding what the the preferable outcome to the bail hearing for Maxwell that was held today in a Southern District of New York courtroom with an Obama-appointed judge presiding would be was purely a matter of opinion, and how much trust you have in the ability – or willingness – of the federal government to protect its highest-profile current prisoner. Given that Epstein also fit that description and quickly wound up dead, though, it’s hard to see how anyone could still have any such confidence at all.
All that having been said, the judge in the case, Alison Nathan, ended up making the correct decision, believe it or not, and denied Maxwell’s request for a supervised release on bail. It seems even an Obama judge knows a raging flight risk when she sees one.
From a piece at Axios:
A federal judge has denied bail to Ghislaine Maxwell, who pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to charges brought earlier this month that allege she conspired with billionaire Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse underage girls. Maxwell’s trial is scheduled to begin July 12, 2021.
The latest: In handing down her ruling, Judge Alison Nathan said “the risks are simply too great” and ordered Maxwell to be jailed pending trial. Prosecutors from the Southern District of New York called Maxwell an “extreme flight risk” whose “significant and unexplained wealth” and lack of ties to the U.S. give her few reasons not to attempt to flee the country.
Prosecutors told the judge that the British socialite has more than $10 million in assets, including at least $4 million in a Swiss bank account.
Maxwell’s counsel expressed concern that time in prison could put the 58-year-old at risk of contracting the coronavirus and proposed she serve her pretrial detention in a luxury Manhattan hotel, according to the Miami Herald’s Julie Brown, whose reporting in 2018 led to charges against Epstein.
But there you see the catch: Judge Nathan set a trial date that is a full year from today. Do any of you really believe, in your heart of hearts, that Ms. Maxwell, a witness who holds the keys to the futures of so many powerful men, will survive a full year in federal lockup?
And here’s another big, big catch to this plan: Do any of you really believe that, if Joe Biden and the Democrats manage to seize power in the November elections and put another corrupt stooge in as Attorney General, that Maxwell would ever actually stand trial?
If you do believe those things, I have a piece of land in West Texas I’d love to talk to you about. Please give me a call at 1-800-YoureASucker. Thanks.
That is all.
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