A judge in Manhattan ruled Friday that federal prosecutors must reveal the identities of the two “co-conspirators” of Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged madam, who ran in circles with some of America’s most powerful men.
Maxwell is a long-time friend of many in the glitterati including former President Bill Clinton, infamous for his own indiscretions, which has drawn all the more intrigue to the reveal.
Judge Alison Nathan, who issued the ruling, wrote that the order was to ensure that Maxwell could “adequately prepare her defenses.”
Prosecutors will be required to “disclose all co-conspirator statements it intends to offer at trial,” Nathan ruled, contending that the government’s argument that the revelation would result in “potential danger to co-conspirators” or risk “compromising continuing investigations,” was bogus.
“The Government provides no explanation for this purported harm and none is apparent to the Court. Thus, the Court finds that this concern alone does not outweigh the risk of surprise to the Defendant in this case or the need for the parties to litigate co-conspirator issues in advance of trial to ensure the absence of delay,” the judge wrote.
Maxwell will face two trials that include charges of sex trafficking among others.
Maxwell reportedly ran Epstein’s sex ring for years– which included girls as young as 12– allegedly under the watchful eye of the Department of Justice which neglected to intervene.
The alleged former madam requested the names of conspirators to avoid being ambushed in her first trial, set to begin on November 29, 2021.
Things get even more convoluted. Many high profile Democrats and their allies, celebrities and professionals, purportedly knew about Epstein and Maxwell’s illegal activities. So last month, Assistant US Attorney Alison Moe’s move to ask Judge Alison Nathan, an Obama appointee, to mask the identity of the co-conspirators seemed suspicious at best.
“This Court has twice concluded that no bill of particulars is warranted because the defendant has adequate information to prepare for trial and avoid unfair surprise,” the prosecutor argued at the time.
Friday’s ruling, however, changes that.
“The conspiracies charged are long-running, increasing the risk of surprise to the defendant,” Judge Nathan noted.
Under the parameters of the ruling, the government must “disclose all co-conspirator statements it intends to offer at trial no later than” October 11, 2021.
Maxwell is currently being held without bail at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, New York. She has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
She will also face additional perjury charges in a separate case filed by Virginia Giuffre, for allegedly lying in a deposition in a civil case related to now-disgraced Prince Andrew’s alleged sexual abuse of Giuffre.
There is already internet speculation about the identities of the conspirators.
“The identity of Epstein’s unknown co-conspirators has always been intriguing. He ran in powerful circles. One name that always comes up is Bill Clinton. This summer, unsealed records from Maxwell’s civil case implicated Bill Clinton being around ‘2 young girls’ at Epstein’s island,” Attorney and Substack author “Techno Fog”, wrote in one post.
Here is where it gets interesting –
As of August 2020, the DOJ investigation of the co-conspirators “remained active.”
Our full explanation on the ongoing grand jury investigation – including who might be targeted:https://t.co/0p4YTLWrYK
— Techno Fog (@Techno_Fog) September 3, 2021
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