Ghislaine Maxwell to Stay in Prison Until Trial After Bail Request Denied
Ghislaine Maxwell’s most recent request for bail has been denied by U.S. District Court Judge Alison Nathan, and it appears that she will remain behind bars until her trial in July of next year.
The judge said that Maxwell poses a flight risk because she has the money and connections to flee and disappear if she really wanted to.
The ruling stated that, “The Court concludes that none of the new information that the Defendant presented in support of her application has a material bearing on the Court’s determination that she poses a flight risk. Furthermore, for substantially the same reasons as the Court determined that detention was warranted in the initial bail hearing, the Court again concludes that no conditions of release can reasonably assure the Defendant’s appearance at future proceedings.”
In a filing with the U.S. District Court in Manhattan, prosecutors said Maxwell has essentially rehashed previously rejected arguments for bail, and that she remains an “extreme flight risk” from “incredibly serious” charges.
“Nothing in the renewed bail application alters the analysis that led this court to conclude that the defendant ‘poses a substantial actual risk of flight,’ and that no combination of conditions could assure her appearance,” prosecutors said in their filing.
Maxwell’s bail application said she “vehemently maintains her innocence” against allegations she assisted Epstein in his crimes.
In a letter to the court this month, Maxwell attorney Bobbi Sternheim argued that her client was being mistreated in custody because officials at a different prison failed to keep Jeffrey Epstein safe last year.
“The conditions under which she is detained are punitive, unwarranted, deleteriously impacting her ability to prepare her defense, and interfering with counsel’s ability to provide the legal representation to which she, and any other detainee, deserves,” Sternheim said, according to News Week.
She also claimed that Maxwell is starting to lose her hair and has lost a significant amount of weight while she has been behind bars.
“It is obvious that Ms Maxwell is bearing the brunt of BOP [Board of Prisons] incompetence,” Sternheim said.
“The Department of Justice is seeking to repair the BOP’s tarnished reputation by placing Ms. Maxwell under extraordinarily harsh conditions, not in any response to Ms. Maxwell’s requirements, but rather in response to the failed handling of a completely different inmate,” she added.
At first, Maxwell’s clothes were taken away, and she was forced to wear paper gowns as a precaution, so she didn’t have any materials that she could use to hang herself with.
Maxwell’s was later allowed to wear normal prison clothes and is now no longer considered a suicide risk, but authorities are still taking extreme measures, according to her attorneys.
In court last month, her attorneys argued that she is having her sleep interrupted by guards with flashlights every 15 minutes. The guards are apparently checking to make sure that she’s still breathing.
Maxwell is under constant video surveillance, even during her meetings with attorneys. She has also complained about being held in solitary confinement and asked to be moved in with the general prison population, but her request was denied for her own safety.