There are claims today that Prince Andrew worked with Trump lawyer Alan Dershowitz to push through Jeffrey Epstein’s controversial no prosecution deal in Florida.
Law enforcement in the US is also likely to come under more pressure in the sex abuse case after documents issued late on Thursday (New York time) reveal the FBI had an infamous photo of the royal for many years.
The previously sealed documents were made public by a judge in New York. They are from a defamation case between survivor Virginia Roberts Giuffre and Ghislaine Maxwell, who is in jail awaiting trial for sex offences against children.
The non prosecution deal extended legal immunity in Florida to a broad group of Epstein‘s associates. It has been the subject of much criticism for its secrecy and scope.
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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.