Ghislaine Maxwell wants 4 years prison instead of 50, says inmates are trying to kill her
The lawyers for Ghislaine Maxwell, a former socialite, told she should face no more than four to five years in prison for her sex trafficking conviction and her role in Jeffrey Epstein’s sex abuse of teenage girls. They argued that Epstein was the mastermind behind the abuse.
Her lawyers wrote in a memorandum filed, consisting of a 77-page sentencing submission and 29-page legal argument, in Manhattan federal court on June 14, as per Daily Mail, read, “In sentencing Ms Maxwell, the Court cannot be influenced by this inexorable drumbeat of public condemnation calling for her to be locked away for good. The Court cannot heal the wounds caused by Epstein by heaping on Ms Maxwell’s shoulders the pain of every one of his victims, the outrage of society, the public scorn of the community, and then driving her out of the community forever.” It continued by saying, “While that may assuage the public and give the perception that ‘justice was done,’ that is not justice. That is scapegoating. Ms Maxwell must be sentenced on the record before the Court and not these external pressures.
Lawyers stressed on that fact that Maxwell, who is facing 50 years in jail for five charges related to recruiting and trafficking underage girls, cannot and should not bear all the punishment for which Epstein should have been held responsible. "Ms Maxwell has already experienced hard time during detention under conditions far more onerous and punitive than any experienced by a typical pretrial detainee, and she is preparing to spend significantly more time behind bars." It added, "Her life has been ruined. Since Epstein’s death, her life has been threatened and death threats continue while she is incarcerated.1 It would be a travesty of justice for her to face a sentence that would have been appropriate for Epstein."
An inmate tried killing Maxwell
As per Yahoo, one of the lawyers for Maxwell, the daughter of late British media baron Robert Maxwell, wrote, “One of the female inmates in Ms Maxwell’s housing unit told at least three other inmates that she had been offered money to murder Ms Maxwell and that she planned to strangle her in her sleep."
Adding to the claim in papers, filed ahead of her upcoming sentencing on June 28, the lawyer added, "The inmate who made the threat has been moved to the Special Housing Unit, presumably to protect Ms Maxwell. This incident reflects the brutal reality that there are numerous prison inmates who would not hesitate to kill Ms. Maxwell — whether for money, fame, or simple street cred."
Maxwell was arrested in July 2020 and jailed since then, mainly in Brooklyn's Metropolitan Detention Center. She was found guilty on December 29, 2021 for her involvement with financier Epstein in sex trafficking of teenage girls from 1994 to 2004. On the other hand, Epstein, who got convicted in the year 2008, was found dead in his jail cell in August 2019 while awaiting trial on further charges.