Manhattan Judge Rules To Unseal Epstein/Maxwell Docs

Manhattan Judge Rules To Unseal Epstein/Maxwell Docs

Despite the objections of Ghislaine Maxwell's counsel, the public may soon comb over potentially hundreds of pages of personal documents related to the case.


Things are about to get ugly for Epstein associates who flew on the Lolita Express. 

A Federal Judge has ruled that flight logs and other documents related to Epstein & Ghislaine Maxwell can be released.

From Breitbart News:

A federal judge in Manhattan on Thursday approved the unsealing of documents from a civil lawsuit against Ghislaine Maxwell — the alleged madam of deceased pedophile Jeffrey Epstein — as the British socialite faces charges for enticing minors to engage in illegal sexual activities.

Reuters reports:
                                                                                                                                            Over Maxwell’s objections, U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska in Manhattan said the presumption the public has a right to access large portions of the more than 80 documents at issue outweighed Maxwell’s arguments for keeping them under wraps, including that they could prove embarrassing. […]

Preska also said personal identifying information contained in the documents, as well as the names of many “non-parties,” will be redacted. […]

They include flight logs from Epstein’s private jets, deposition testimony in 2016 in which Maxwell’s lawyers said she was asked “intrusive” questions about her sex life, and police reports from Palm Beach, Florida, where Epstein had a home.

The records are a part of a lawsuit brought by Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre against Maxwell that was settled in 2017.

One of Epstein’s most famous guests aboard his private jet is former President Bill Clinton, as Breitbart News previously noted:

Fox News reported in May 2016 that Clinton went on at least 26 trips aboard Epstein’s plane — the “Lolita Express” — between 2001 and 2003, according to flight logs from the Federal Aviation Administration. Listed as the destination for those trips were exotic locales like the Azores, Singapore, Brunei, Norway, and Russia, among others.

On at least five of those excursions, the flight logs denote that Clinton was not accompanied by any Secret Service personnel. The former president, though, did occasionally travel in the company of Maxwell and Sarah Kellen, Epstein’s former assistant.

Thursday’s ruling comes as federal authorities continue to hold Maxwell without bail since her July 2 arrested at her New Hampshire residence."

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Here's more from ABC:

As Ghislaine Maxwell sits in a federal detention center in Brooklyn, New York, facing allegations that she conspired with the late Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse three minor girls, her attorney is vowing an emergency appeal of a federal judge's decision Thursday to make public a cache of sealed court documents from a civil lawsuit against Maxwell that was settled three years ago.

Citing "great concerns" about Maxwell's ability to get a fair trial if the records are released, Maxwell's lawyer, Laura Menninger, asked for a delay of two weeks to file an appeal of the ruling. The judge gave her one week.

"We are in a vastly different position," now that Maxwell has been criminally charged, Menninger said, "and certainly have great concerns about our client's ability to seek and receive an impartial and fair trial and jury, given the intense media scrutiny around anything that is unsealed," she said.

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The court filings in the case -- a civil defamation lawsuit filed by Virginia Roberts Giuffre against Maxwell in 2015 -- are said to contain the names of hundreds of people, some famous and some not, who socialized, traveled or worked with Epstein over the span of more than a decade. The late financier has previously been linked to a coterie of high-profile business leaders, scientists, royalty and politicians, including former President Bill Clinton and current President Donald Trump.

Senior U.S. District Court Judge Loretta Preska ruled Thursday during a remote court hearing that the public is legally entitled to access dozens of previously sealed records of the case, including transcripts and excerpts from depositions of Maxwell and Giuffre. Maxwell's lawyers had previously argued to keep those records under seal.

"This series of pleadings concerns [Giuffre's] attempt to compel Ms. Maxwell to answer intrusive questions about her sex life," Maxwell's attorney, Jeffrey Pagliuca, wrote last month. "The subject matter of these [documents] is extremely personal, confidential, and subject to considerable abuse by the media."

In her ruling Thursday, Preska said that Maxwell's team had failed to raise objections sufficient to overcome the presumption of public access to judicial documents.

"In the context of this case, especially its allegations of sex trafficking of young girls," Preska said, "the Court finds that any minor embarrassment or annoyance resulting from disclosure of Ms. Maxwell's mostly non-testimony about behavior that has been widely reported in the press is far outweighed by the presumption of public access."

"The sealed testimony or summaries may inappropriately influence potential witnesses or alleged victims," Pagliuca wrote last month.

But Preska rejected those arguments, too.

"Ms. Maxwell has not explained how this sealed material, if released, could, as she posits, 'inappropriately influence potential witnesses or victims,'" Preska said. "Again, the Court finds that this interest is entitled to little weight under the facts of this case."

Among the items Preska ordered unsealed are transcripts and excerpts from at least one of Maxwell's multi-hour depositions in the case, which Maxwell's attorneys argued were given under an expectation of confidentiality that had been agreed to by both sides in the dispute, according to Maxwell's court filing objecting to the records release. Limited excerpts of those depositions were released last year."

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Hopefully this is just the beginning of destroying what is likely an international child slavery cabal. 

Wherever the chips may fall, we must find out who associated with Epstein, who partied on his island, and who enjoyed the fruits of his evil empire. 

These documents cannot be unsealed soon enough. 

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