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Lawyers for Ghislaine Maxwell argue for ‘much less’ trafficking sentence of 20 years

The lawyers said the leniency was also deserved because she had a “difficult and traumatic childhood with an overbearing, narcissistic and demanding father” which made her “vulnerable to Epstein”.

Maxwell met Epstein shortly after his father, British newspaper magnate Robert Maxwell, died in 1991 under suspicious circumstances after falling from a yacht bearing his name and as he faced allegations that he had illegally plundered the pension funds of his companies.

“It was the biggest mistake she made in her life and one that she has not and will never repeat,” they said of their client, who was Epstein’s girlfriend for some time in the 1990s.

They added that she had two long-term committed romantic relationships with men who had young children in the 15 years since her relationship with Epstein ended. They cited an eight-year relationship with a Miami attorney and a 2013 relationship that led to a marriage that they said “could not survive the negative impact of this case or the association of ‘a husband with his dishonored wife’.

The sentencing brief also made Maxwell the sole target for prosecutors to fill Epstein’s ’empty chair’ after his suicide, saying no charges had been brought against the four other women named as co-conspirators or accomplices. of Epstein in a lawsuit more than a decade ago. .

Prosecutors declined to comment through a spokesperson. They will submit their own written arguments before sentencing.

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Maxwell, 60, an Oxford graduate who holds American, British and French citizenship, was convicted in December of recruiting teenage girls for Epstein to sexually abuse from 1994 to 2004.

In April, U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan upheld the jury’s conviction of Maxwell, saying it was “easily supported” by extensive testimony and documentary evidence during a month-long trial.

Earlier this year, Nathan refused to overturn Maxwell’s conviction on the grounds that a juror during deliberations had told other jurors that he had been sexually abused as a child, even though he did not. had not revealed in a written questionnaire given to prospective jurors.