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2019-08-22 -Lurid Crime Tales-
Why Charging Jeffrey Epstein's Alleged Accomplice Is Going to Be Difficult
[Politico] n the days since convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein killed himself in a Manhattan jail cell, there has been a growing public outcry asking why his longtime confidante and alleged accomplice Ghislaine Maxwell has not yet been charged. Former FBI Assistant Director Frank Figliuzzi asked, "Why is she still walking around?" And after a photo (since discredited) emerged purporting to show Maxwell eating outside an In-N-Out Burger restaurant, one prominent legal analyst asked, "Why is the most wanted woman in America just walking around L.A.?"
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Unfortunately, the answer is likely that law enforcement simply does not yet have sufficient evidence to ensure a conviction of Maxwell. If they had enough evidence, they would have charged her already. Getting that evidence will not be anywhere near as easy as some pundits might suggest.

The public outcry for prosecutors to quickly charge Maxwell is understandable. After all, several women, who say they were victims of Epstein, have alleged she procured underage girls for him, bragged about it, and called them "trash." One attorney for victims alleges that Maxwell was an "active participant in the sexual abuse." Maxwell has denied the allegations.

The indictment against Epstein charged him with a sex trafficking conspiracy. That charge allowed prosecutors to include all of Epstein’s abuse of minors in multiple jurisdictions‐in New York, Florida and elsewhere‐regardless of when the acts took place. To charge Maxwell with the same conspiracy, prosecutors would need to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that she agreed with Epstein to engage in sex trafficking.

Given that Epstein is dead and that criminals rarely put agreements to commit crime in writing, proof of an agreement between the two would likely rely on circumstantial evidence. But Maxwell would also be criminally responsible for Epstein’s conspiracy if she "aided and abetted" the conspiracy. That would require prosecutors to prove that she knew about the criminal conspiracy and helped to make it succeed.

Nonetheless, prosecutors would need to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Maxwell knew that force, threats of force, fraud or coercion would be used to cause victims to engage in a commercial sex act. The bottom line is that prosecutors would need to prove that Maxwell knew Epstein abused the girls and that he used force, threats of force, fraud, or coercion to do so.
Posted by Besoeker 2019-08-22 00:00|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [395 views ]  Top

#1 Difficult indeed if she's been granted immunity from prosecution by the government. No mention made of that possibility in the Politico piece. Shocking no ?
Posted by Besoeker 2019-08-22 00:26||   2019-08-22 00:26|| Front Page Top

#2 What if the girls willingly offered their services for remuneration, lifestyle, etc. ? That must be the underlying rationale in the pedantic lawyerly minds right now. That would mean Maxwell and Epstein were just a clearing house for underage whores like a modelling agency ?
With all the 'metoo' circus recently seen, the 'victims' now may just be making things up. This is not my view, I mean any prosecutor or judge shall anticipate this argument. It's what was made in the UK grooming and trafficking case, that the girls were simply willing to go along for promise of gain.

The key to this case is the evidence, the videos and pictures themselves.

"The public has a right to see those videos !" - Unknown Voyeur

This is why I liked Ed Snowden's popular services. Zero transparency cannot hurt a ZFG honest govt.


For those wishing to see her arrested, she eventually will be, though not on charges you'd want to see. She will most likely face a minimal term and some curbs for some other infraction. The estate won't ever go to the victims, it shall somehow be appropriated by the remnant of his enterprise, a bit payout handed out to victims.

The girls 'processed' into prostitution must number in the hundreds, for this level of traffick. They have no way of claiming any damages now, until those videos are released to their lawyers for use of litigation.
Posted by Dron66046 2019-08-22 04:21||   2019-08-22 04:21|| Front Page Top

#3 With the possible exception of the UK's Prince Andrew, notice how little we're now hearing about the visitors to Epstein's island getaway. No longer even a 'ping' on ME and Soodie visitors.

Maxwell indicted? Very doubtful. Disappeared and never to be seen or heard from again? More likely.

Posted by Besoeker 2019-08-22 04:39||   2019-08-22 04:39|| Front Page Top

#4 Could it be that what someone has knowledge of and...may say in the future has the potential to be much more dangerous than what they may have done in the past.

....documents declassified in 2006 show that the capture of Eichmann caused alarm at the CIA and West German Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND). Both organisations had known for at least two years that Eichmann was hiding in Argentina, but they did not act because it did not serve their interests in the Cold War to do so. Both were concerned about what Eichmann might say in his testimony about West German national security advisor Hans Globke, who had coauthored several antisemitic Nazi laws, including the Nuremberg Laws. The documents also revealed that both agencies had used some of Eichmann's former Nazi colleagues to spy on European Communist countries.
Link

Both Osama bin Laden and Eichmann were buried at sea.
Posted by Besoeker 2019-08-22 05:18||   2019-08-22 05:18|| Front Page Top

#5 #2 What if the girls willingly offered their services for remuneration, lifestyle, etc. ?

The underage girls and thus are considered victims of crimes. I thought these crimes were considered "new" crimes based on new evidence presented to the U.S. Southern District of New York. I dunno, but it doesn't stand to reason that any immunity from the first Florida trial would apply to a different jurisdiction for new crimes.
Posted by JohnQC 2019-08-22 12:01||   2019-08-22 12:01|| Front Page Top

#6 So release the videos, already.
Who was being blackmailed by this vermin?
Posted by Lex 2019-08-22 18:31||   2019-08-22 18:31|| Front Page Top

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