In an odd move, attorneys for Ghislaine Maxwell, the alleged madam for Jeffrey Epstein, referenced the murder of New Jersey Judge Ester Salas’ son in an attempt to keep the British socialite’s bail motion secret.
The New York Post reported that the reference was contained in a footnote for Maxwell’s renewed motion for bail.
“Given the sensitive subject matter of this case, the sureties have legitimate fears for their safety if they are publicly identified,” wrote Maxwell attorney Christian Everdell in a motion filed November 30 but unsealed Friday.
“As we have all been recently reminded with the tragic case of the death of Judge Esther Salas’s son, there are people who are capable of committing horrible acts of violence — even against innocent third parties — by convincing themselves that their actions are justified,” the motion added.
As The Daily Wire’s Ryan Saavedra previously reported, Salas’ son and husband were shot in July after she was assigned to a class-action lawsuit filed by a group of investors against Deutsche Bank, involving questionable transactions from Epstein.
“This month, Deutsche Bank agreed to pay a $150m fine for compliance failures in its dealings with Epstein, a convicted sex offender, as well as Danske Bank Estonia and FBME Back,” The Financial Times reported. “A few days later, plaintiffs led by Ali Karimi filed the lawsuit that is being overseen by Judge Salas.”
The suspect in the shooting apparently dressed as a FedEx employee and shot Salas’ family members when they opened the door. Salas survived because she was in the basement at the time of the shooting. The suspect was later found dead in an apparent suicide.
Maxwell’s attorneys have sought to keep much of the evidence against her sealed from the public eye. In mid-October, her attorneys appealed to the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn a ruling that would have unsealed sworn testimony from Maxwell relating to Epstein, The Daily Wire previously reported.
“Maxwell, 58, has said negative publicity from the disclosure of ‘intimate, sensitive, and personal’ information from her deposition would violate her right against self-incrimination, and imperil a fair trial because jurors might hold it against her,” Reuters reported at the time.
Maxwell has pleaded not guilty to the charges against her.
Virginia Giuffre, the most prominent Epstein accuser, is opposing the motion from Maxwell’s attorneys. Giuffre alleges Epstein made her his “sex slave” and that Maxwell helped facilitate his crimes. Giuffre’s attorneys added that Maxwell chose to forgo her right to remain silent when she was deposed in 2016.
The deposition in question came during Giuffre’s civil defamation lawsuit against Maxwell.
Later in October, the appeals court ruled that the 418-page deposition in which Maxwell was interrogated about her sex life should be made public.
The Daily Wire’s Hank Berrien reported:
Maxwell and her attorneys argued that the District Court abused its discretion in ordering the unsealing of the deposition materials, asserting that there was a lower presumption of access to the deposition materials at issue in this case than to the summary judgment materials the Court of Appeal ordered unsealed in Brown v. Maxwell, and that her interests outweighed the public’s interests, the Court of Appeal noted, adding, “A district court abuses its discretion if it ‘(1) bases its decision on an error of law or uses the wrong legal standard; (2) bases its decision on a clearly erroneous factual finding; or (3) reaches a conclusion that, though not necessarily the product of a legal error or a clearly erroneous factual finding, cannot be located within the range of permissible decisions.’”
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