In a Friday letter to a Manhattan federal judge, attorneys claimed Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged madam is in a “similar situation” to Cosby’s because the two were immunized under a deal with prosecutors when they have been charged.
Cosby, 83, was released on Wednesday after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court found prosecutors violated his rights by reneging on an apparent promise not to charge him for drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in 2004.
He was convicted in 2018 and had served almost three years of a three to 10 year sentence when he was released.
Lawyers for the British socialite say their client is also covered by a no-prosecution agreement Epstein signed with federal prosecutors in Florida in 2007.
“As in Cosby, the government is trying to reverse its deal and prosecute Ms Maxwell more than 25 years later for the same offenses for which she was granted immunity,” the lawyers wrote. “This is not in accordance with the principles of fundamental fairness. “
Maxwell, 59, is accused of recruiting teenage girls to be sexually abused by Epstein between 1994 and 2004. She has pleaded not guilty and is being held in federal custody in Manhattan ahead of a November trial.
Epstein struck a deal with the federal government in exchange for a guilty plea to Florida prostitution charges. U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan ruled in April that the deal did not cover co-conspirators or apply to Manhattan prosecutors.
Cosby’s deal in 2005 led to his testimony in Constand’s civil lawsuit, which ended in a settlement of around $ 3 million. Prosecutors used the incriminating testimony – in which Cosby admitted he used to offer quaaludes, a strong sedative, to women he wanted to have sex with – as part of the criminal case against him. But the Pennsylvania high court decided they couldn’t do it and overturned Cosby’s conviction.
With post wires