Closing arguments in Ghislaine Maxwell's trial focus on her relationship with Jeffrey Epstein

Jurors deliberated for less than an hour Monday at Ghislaine Maxwell's federal trial after the prosecution and defense presented closing arguments that focused on her relationship with Jeffrey Epstein. As the prosecutors argued, Maxwell manipulated and enticed vulnerable girls as a key accomplice in Epstein's extensive scheme to sexually abuse underage girls. "Maxwell and Epstein were a wealthy couple who used their privilege to prey on kids from struggling families," prosecutor Alison Moe said.
"The way that they selected these girls tells you that they were targeting vulnerable kids. It is not an accident that Jane and Kate and Annie and Carolyn all came from single-mother households." In response, Maxwell's defense used its closing argument to attack the motivations of the women who testified about the abuse and to contend that Maxwell's association with Epstein is not criminal. "She's being tried here for being with Jeffrey Epstein, and maybe that was the biggest mistake of her life, but it was not a crime," attorney Laura Menninger told the jury.
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