Thread by @KlasfeldReports: A federal judge DENIES the “eleventh-hour request” by Ghislaine Maxwell to block the public release of her deposif an alleged breach of a protective order. However, Judge Preska will STAY the unsealing of two depositions — an…
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Don’t Let Ghislaine Maxwell Name Victims, Feds Tell Judge
Rossmiller said that both the Crime Victims’ Rights Act and ‘common decency’ should compel the judge to protect the victims’ privacy.
He charged that the defense’s argument is based on their belief that some victims’ had gotten a ‘benefit’ by publicly identifying themselves previously.
‘Beyond the offensive notion that victims of sexual abuse experience a “benefit” by making the incredibly difficult decision to share their experience publicly, the suggestion that victims who receive this supposed “benefit” should receive fewer protections than the law ordinarily offers to victims in criminal cases is alarming,’ he wrote.
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Maxwell’s lawyers cited current civil litigation between Maxwell and “many of the government’s potential witnesses”, saying numerous potential witnesses and their lawyers have already publicly commented about the case.
“There is a substantial concern that these individuals will seek to use discovery materials to support their civil cases and future public statements,“ the lawyers wrote.
The triggering effect of the document release, beginning shortly, will be great. Whatever details this tranche of documents contain or allege, the resulting invigorated public scrutiny of that entire time period in Prince Andrew’s life and in his friend Epstein’s life will present Prince Andrew and his “working group” of legal and public relations advisors with a choice. They will have to unfetter their hitherto unhurried approach toward a more cooperative posture with the American authorities, or, somewhat likelier, they will have to figure out how to employ that process as cover for a more successful groundhog-backing-slowly-into-his-burrow attempt than they have been able to provide the prince to date.