- The Department of Justice is taking steps to keep the FBI’s confidential files on Jeffrey Epstein from being disclosed, citing potential implications for a possible retrial of Ghislaine Maxwell. Lead prosecutor Maurene Comey warns that premature release of the records could unduly influence potential jurors.
- Ghislaine Maxwell, currently serving a 20-year sentence, has contested her conviction, claiming she was prosecuted as a “proxy” for Epstein. RadarOnline.com has been pushing for access to the classified Epstein files since 2017, when their Freedom of Information Act request was denied.
- Maxwell’s appeal, currently underway, highlights a non-prosecution agreement that Maxwell’s attorney claims the government violated. The unfolding legal proceedings will likely intensify the debate over the public disclosure of Epstein’s secret files.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) is striving to keep the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) confidential files on convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein out of public view, a move propelled by the possibility of a Ghislaine Maxwell retrial.
Maurene Comey, the lead prosecutor against Maxwell, shed light on the potential legal implications these files might carry.
“The withheld records include statements from and evidence regarding many more victims of Epstein and numerous witnesses who were not called or referenced during the first trial, including some who the Government may elect to call and/or reference if this case were to be retried,” Comey admitted in her declaration to the United States District Court Southern District of New York.
She added, “Accordingly, premature release of the records would risk unduly influencing potential jurors for a retrial.”
Maxwell, who is presently serving a 20-year sentence at a federal facility in Tallahassee, contested her conviction on the grounds that she was prosecuted as a “proxy” for Epstein.
The ongoing pursuit of the classified Epstein files by RadarOnline.com, represented by first amendment lawyer Dan Novack, has been relentless since the website’s 2017 Freedom of Information Act request was denied by the FBI.
In her declaration, Comey reiterated the possible dangers of public disclosure, stating, “premature public disclosure could reasonably be expected to influence potential jurors’ perceptions of the witnesses and the evidence to be presented at trial.”
She further warned about the hazards of premature release, stating, “Premature release of the withheld records, particularly if the records are released in part or without full context, may influence the perception of jurors who have been exposed to media coverage containing speculation and theories relating to Maxwell.”
While the battle for Epstein’s undisclosed files continues, Maxwell’s appeal is in motion, focusing on a non-prosecution agreement amongst other things.
Maxwell’s latest attorney, Arthur Aidala, defended her by stating, “The Government breached a non-prosecution agreement that immunized Ms. Maxwell for these offenses.”
“That agreement was entered into by the Government and Epstein in 2007, and, by its terms, unambiguously barred this prosecution, in the first instance.”
As the legal proceedings unfold, the debate over the public disclosure of Epstein’s secret files is bound to escalate, with potential repercussions for Maxwell’s possible retrial.