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Ghislaine Maxwell is getting her day in court. The whole story on Jeffrey Epstein probably won’t.

By David Von Drehle

16 Nov 2021 · 3 min read

Jury selection has begun in the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell, friend of the sex offender Jeffrey Epstein - a trial that some of us never expected to see. The former socialite has endured more than a year in the unfriendly confines of a Brooklyn jail, rather than arrive at a plea agreement with prosecutors.

Unquestionably, Maxwell is entitled to her day in court. In pretrial proceedings, her attorneys have suggested that the defense will challenge the veracity of witnesses who allege that she recruited and groomed adolescent girls to engage in sex acts with the mysterious Epstein. The defense also laid the groundwork for an attack on the motives of prosecutors. Epstein's death in jail, ruled a suicide, foreclosed a date with justice for the central figure in this appalling case. Maxwell evidently feels she is being hounded because he is beyond reach.

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