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Ghislaine Maxwell faces what Jeffrey Epstein never did — a trial

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Ghislaine Maxwell faces what Jeffrey Epstein never did — a trial

She’s expected to portray herself as a scapegoat for Epstein but women may be ‘particularly offended’ by her, says one expert

Patricia Hurtado

Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex-trafficking trial is set to kick off as one of the biggest of the #MeToo era. But the jury selected on Monday may have to grapple with a unique question: is Maxwell herself a victim?

“Most criminal defendants are men in these sorts of sexual predator cases,” said Moira Penza, a former federal prosecutor in Brooklyn, New York. “This case is unusual because we have a female defendant.”

Whether some people might be more or less sympathetic to Maxwell, 59, as a woman has hung over the jury selection process. The 12 jurors and six alternates were due to be picked on Monday in Manhattan federal court, with opening statements to begin soon after, in a trial expected to last into January. If convicted, the British socialite faces as many as 40 years in prison...

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