Ghislaine Maxwell Appeals Verdict, Sentence In Sex Trafficking Case

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by Tyler Durden
Sunday, Jul 10, 2022 - 11:30 PM

Authored by Dave Paone via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours),

Convicted sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell has filed an appeal of both her conviction and sentence.

In this courtroom sketch, Ghislaine Maxwell (R) is seated beside her attorney Christian Everdell as they watch the prosecutor speak during her sentencing, on June 28, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Williams)

Maxwell was found guilty in federal court for her role in trafficking young women for the sexual pleasure of her employer and one-time romantic partner, Jeffrey Epstein.

In December, Maxwell was convicted on five counts of sex trafficking, including one count involving a minor. On June 28, she was sentenced to 20 years in prison and fined $750,000.

Sarah Ransome (R) and Elizabeth Stein, victims of Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell, speak to the media outside a federal court in New York on June 28, 2022. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

On July 7, attorney Bobbi Sternheim filed a two-page notice of appeal with the court and paid the $505 docketing fee.

Presiding Judge Alison Nathan had advised the 60-year-old Maxwell of her right to appeal before she handed down the sentence.

Immediately afterward, some people expressed outrage at such a short sentence, compared to how many years of abuse her victims had suffered.

There has also been a public demand for Maxwell to release the names of Epstein’s friends—supposedly famous and powerful men—who took part in the abuse.

In her victim impact statement read at the sentencing, Sarah Ransome referenced those men.

I became, against my will, nothing more than a sex toy with a heartbeat and a soul for the entertainment of Epstein, Maxwell, and others,” Ransome said. “I was subjected to sexual predation multiple times per day, both in his New York mansion and on his private island in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

“On one visit to the island, the sexual demands, degradation, and humiliation became so horrific that I tried to escape by attempting to jump off a cliff into shark-infested waters.”

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