Judge rejects Ghislaine Maxwell’s request to be transferred to the general population of Brooklyn prison

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In this file photo taken on July 2, 2020, a photo of Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein is seen as Acting U.S. District Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Audrey Strauss, announces charges against Maxwell.

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An American judge has rejected Ghislaine Maxwell’s request to be transferred to the general population of Brooklyn prison where she is awaiting trial for aiding late financier Jeffrey Epstein with the sexual abuse of girls.

Maxwell had objected to being treated worse than other remand inmates at the Metropolitan Detention Center, citing “onerous” conditions including 24 hour surveillance, extensive body testing and being isolated in his own home. cell most of the time.

But in a Tuesday order, U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan in Manhattan found no evidence that the surveillance measures were “punitive” or “motivated by inappropriate goals.” Prosecutors said the isolation would help keep the British socialite safe.

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Nathan also said the Federal Bureau of Prisons recently changed Maxwell’s conditions of detention to allow him 13 hours a day to review documents and participate in his defense, and that made further changes “unnecessary.”

Maxwell’s lawyers did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Maxwell, 58, has pleaded not guilty to helping Epstein recruit and then abuse three girls from 1994 to 1997, and to commit perjury by denying his involvement under oath.

Nathan’s order also dismissed Maxwell’s attempt to find out the names of the three alleged victims as “premature”, and said it expected they would be disclosed “substantially” ahead of the trial, now scheduled for July 2021. .

Epstein was found hanged at age 66 last August in a Manhattan prison awaiting trial on charges of sex trafficking.

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