Ghislaine Maxwell Trial Updates: Awaiting Verdict, Judge Extends Deliberations Citing Omicron Spike

Ryan DeLarme,
December 28th, 2021

The jury in Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex trafficking trial began its fifth day of deliberations on Tuesday as the socialite continues a long wait to hear whether she will face up to 70 years in prison.

Jurors are considering six charges against Ms. Maxwell, who is accused of recruiting and grooming teenage girls for convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein to abuse.

She has pleaded not guilty to all charges and said she is being made a scapegoat for Epstein’s acts after he died in 2019 while awaiting his own trial.

Judge Alison Nathan extended deliberations to 6pm on Tuesday, citing an “astronomical spike” in cases of the Omicron coronavirus variant.

“It’s time to have the jurors make plans to continue deliberating until a verdict is reached,” she said, noting that the Omicron surge could force jurors into quarantine and jeopardize the “ability to complete this trial”.

The judge also balked at a defense request to provide additional jury instructions on two of the six counts against Ms. Maxwell.

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