Federal judge denies Ghislaine Maxwell’s argument that she should be freed like Cosby


Ghislaine Maxwell will NOT be freed from jail like Bill Cosby as federal judge rejects her claims that she also had ‘non-prosecution agreement’

  • A federal judge rejected Ghislaine Maxwell’s argument to drop the sex trafficking charges against her in the wake of Bill Cosby’s overturned conviction
  • She claimed she had a non-prosecution agreement like Cosby did so charges against her should be dropped
  •  The judge said the argument was not persuasive and Cosby’s case had nothing to do her case
  • Maxwell will continue her stay in a Brooklyn federal jail where she’s been since 2019 
  • She has pleaded not guilty to an eight-count indictment accusing her of providing underage rape victims to Jeffrey Epstein 

Ghislaine Maxwell – pictured – argued that she had a non-prosecution agreement like Cosby so she should be freed. It was rejected

A Manhattan federal judge rejected Ghislaine Maxwell‘s argument to drop the sex trafficking charges against her in the wake of Bill Cosby‘s overturned conviction. 

Maxwell’s lawyers argued that – like Cosby – Maxwell had a non-prosecution agreement (NPA) that Jeffrey Epstein signed with federal prosecutors in Florida in 2007. 

But US District Judge Alison Nathan said in her Friday ruling that the argument isn’t ‘persuasive’ and Epstein’s NPA has no bearing on Maxwell’s case because she didn’t sign any agreement herself. 

That’s unlike Cosby’s situation, where the Pennsylvania Supreme Court found a decades-old NPA with a different prosecutor that should have shielded him from charges.

Cosby was freed from prison after serving three years of a three-to-10-year sentence in June. 

In Judge Nathan’s decision, she wrote, ‘The (Cosby) case focused on whether prosecutors were required to honor a promise that the court found to be clear in the absence of a formal plea agreement.

‘Even if this court agreed with the analysis in Cosby, that opinion sheds no light on the proper interpretation of the NPA in this case.

‘After considering the arguments in Maxwell’s renewed motion and letter of supplemental authority, the Court’s view remains unchanged from its April 16, 2021 Opinion & Order

‘Under Second Circuit precedent, the NPA does not bind the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York. It thus does not bar the charges in the superseding indictment.’ 

Maxwell has pleaded not guilty to an eight-count indictment accusing her of providing underage rape victims to Jeffrey Epstein (left). This photo was taken in the early 2000s

Maxwell has pleaded not guilty to an eight-count indictment accusing her of providing underage rape victims to Jeffrey Epstein (left). This photo was taken in the early 2000s

Maxwell faces up to 80 years in prison if she's found guilty

Maxwell faces up to 80 years in prison if she’s found guilty 

Cosby was freed from prison after serving three years of a three-to-10-year sentence in June after Pennsylvania Supreme Court found a decades-old NPA that should shielded him from charges

Cosby was freed from prison after serving three years of a three-to-10-year sentence in June after Pennsylvania Supreme Court found a decades-old NPA that should shielded him from charges

Maxwell will continue her stay in a Brooklyn federal jail, across the river from the jail where Epstein reportedly hung himself. 

She has pleaded not guilty to an eight-count indictment accusing her of providing underage rape victims to Epstein. 

Maxwell faces up to 80 years in prison if she’s found guilty.  

For months, her lawyers have been trying to get the indictment thrown out. All have been unsuccessful.   

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