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Ghislaine Maxwell Trial Day 1 Recap
Summary of the events from the first day of Ghislaine Maxwell's trial.
November 29, 2021 - 40 Foley Square, Thurgood Marshall Courthouse, Manhattan, New York City, New York (AA) - The first half of the first day of Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial was according to some, bizarre.
The jury for the trial had yet to be finalized and it was for the duration of the morning that the time was spent on this issue.
One of the jurors apparently is in need of more paid time off (PTO) in order to be present at the trial and not fall into an economic hardship.
Judge Alison Nathan herself took time this morning to exit the room and call the secretary of the human resources department of the employer of the juror in question, in order to request that more PTO be afforded to the employee to support her jury duties.
Of the several people with whom I conversed throughout the day, all of them stated that this was out of the ordinary. Several times throughout our conversations we discussed the possibility of this being used as a tactic to demoralized and therefore dissuade journalists and citizens from paying attention to the trial.
The defense’s main arguments during the trial will be two things:
They will attempt to discredit the memory of the victims and their recollection of the criminal events. This is why they are having Loftus testify.
They will attempt to assert the reason for the victims being trafficked was due to monetary gain.
I bumped into the peerless Matthew Russell Lee of InnerCityPress, who discussed the first day of the trial in front of the steps to the Thurgood Marshall Courthouse.
I am going to cover the trial this whole week and will be giving updates as they come. The first day of the trial included a lot of formalities, in terms of getting the jury selected in particular.
Tomorrow morning we should get into the meat and potatoes of the opening statements, their defense and analysis so be on the look out for that.
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