Maxwell, 58, was arrested on July 2 in his Bradford, New Hampshire estate. She is charged in a 17-page indictment of conspiracy to induce minors to travel to engage in unlawful sexual acts, inducing a minor to travel to engage in unlawful sexual acts, conspiracy to transport minors with the intention of engaging in criminal sexual activity, transportation of a minor with the intention of engaging in criminal sexual activity and perjury. If convicted, Maxwell faces up to 35 years in federal prison.Maxwell has repeatedly denied the wrongdoing, and his lawyers have stated that she “vigorously denies the charges” and has “a right to the presumption of innocence”.
In court documents released Monday, prosecutors objected to Maxwell’s bail request, insisting that it represents an “extreme risk of absconding” because of his wealth and background. Maxwell is a citizen of France, the United Kingdom and the United States, holding passports for the three countries. France, they noted in court documents, “does not extradite its citizens to the United States in accordance with French law”.
Maxwell, they said, “seems to be clever at going underground.” When FBI agents arrived at his “isolated” 156-acre property, Maxwell “tried to flee.” The officers discovered a “cell phone wrapped in aluminum foil” which they claimed was “a seemingly flawed effort to escape detection … by law enforcement.”
Prosecutors also said they learned that Maxwell “hired a security company made up of former members of the British military to take turns defending the defendant on New Hampshire property.”
“There are no bail conditions that would ensure the accused’s presence in the court proceedings in this case. Consequently, any bail application should be denied, ”they wrote.
Maxwell’s lawyers have written in previous court documents that she “vigorously denies the charges” and “intends to fight them”. By asking for a bond, Maxwell’s lawyers argued that Covid-19 poses a danger to Maxwell and limits his legal defense. They insist that it is not a risk of absconding and remained out of public view to avoid the media after the arrest of Epstein last July. Epstein committed suicide in federal prison last August.
“As this Court has noted, the Covid-19 pandemic represents an unprecedented health risk to detainees, and the restrictions associated with Covid-19 on lawyers’ communications with pre-trial detainees significantly compromise the ability of an accused to prepare her defense, “wrote Maxwell’s lawyers. Friday in their plea for bail. “Simply put, in these circumstances, if Ms. Maxwell continues to be detained, her health will be seriously threatened and she will not be able to receive a fair trial. ”
They are asking the judge to release Maxwell on a $ 5 million personal bond co-signed by six financially responsible persons, backed by property in the United Kingdom valued at more than $ 3.75 million. Maxwell’s legal team also proposed to limit the jet setter’s trip to the New York area, return all of his passports, confine the house in New York with GPS location monitoring, and limit visitors to immediate family, close friends and lawyers.
Prosecutors have also revealed in their court records that they expect one or more victims to exercise their right to be heard when Maxwell is charged and that they urge the court not to grant bail.