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Ghislaine Maxwell Week 2 Day 1 Summary & Analysis
Day 1, Week 2 of the #GhislaineMaxwellTrial
Today saw a stipulation signed by both sides of the litigation such that Sgt. Michael Dawson did not have to return to the witness stand after the weekend.
After the announcement of the stipulation, witness Kate took the stand. She was immediately identified by Judge Nathan as someone who was of the age of consent when she first met Ghislaine Maxwell and Jeffrey Epstein. Nathan further asserted that because of this the characters of Epstein and Maxwell should not be taken into question in a negative manner from that perspective.
Sternheim’s cross-examination of Kate was tough, as she seemed bent on attacking the character of Kate. She questioned her memories as they pertained to her decade-long drug addiction to sleeping pills, alcohol, and cocaine. This is part of the defense’s strategy to discredit the memory of the witnesses.
In addition to the strategy of attacking the memory of the witnesses, another tactic they seem to be applying this week is attacking the memory of Kate. They brought up the fact that her first husband divorced her, her past drug addiction, and the fact that she kept in contact with Epstein, both sexually and communicatively, until her early 30s.
A mistake was made by the prosecution in the form of the non-admission of evidence submitted to be taken into account. Kate testified to Epstein’s gifting of a schoolgirl outfit which he desired that she wear before partaking in sexual activity with Kate, evidence of his predilection for young girls and the “schoolgirl” look. An attorney I talked to asserted a take that was much the same as mine, seeing the prosecutions non-admission of the evidence due to concern over further trauma/ emotional damage to the victims.
Notably the prosecution for the first time entered the courthouse this morning via the “media entrance” as a I call it, or the side entrance on Pearl Street. They entered the courthouse as a team for the first time, possibly indicative of a changing strategy when it comes to the informational warfare/ court of public opinion aspect of the trial. This is noteworthy as the media’s role in trials is significant.
The last two witnesses of the day were somewhat disappointing, albeit a disfigured and distorted painting of a male face was shown in the evidence submitted. The agents partook in part in the search and seizure at Epstein’s residence in the Upper East Side of New York on the 6 of July 2019.
Much of this information was already known to the public, but it is for the first time being submitted in criminal court.
At the end of the day, Kevin Maxwell, the brother of Ghislaine, conducted a press conference outside the courthouse where he criticized the treatment of Ghislaine. His complaints were with the diet that Ghislaine was getting: a moldy hard-boiled egg, pieces of bread, and a single piece of fruit. His sister Isabelle stood by his side but made no comment.
We shall see what tomorrow brings, watch this space for more updates on the #GhislaineMaxwellTrail. For the most real-time updates, check out my Twitter @ OneAddyAdds throughout the week.