On Thursday, a New York federal court decided to release the court documents from Ghislaine Maxwell, a former associate of the notorious sex criminal Jeffrey Epstein.
Loretta Preska, a judge involved in the case, emphasized that the unsealing of the documents would not affect the fairness of Maxwell’s trial.
Among other things, Maxwell is thought to have taken part in child sex trafficking, including the grooming of girls to engage sexually with Epstein.
Clintons and Ghislaine Maxwell
Judge Preska told reporters that the court would not succumb to the pressures coming from the tabloid media.
The release of documents comes as a result of Virginia Roberts Guiffre’s request for the revelation of the content of email accounts Maxwell allegedly hid from the court.
Guiffre, who filed the defamation case against Maxwell, requested the documents in order to investigate links Maxwell might have had with influential people and organizations, including some sponsored by the Clinton family.
The request was particularly concerned with the funding Maxwell’s non-profit organization TarraMar Project might have received from organizations such as the Clinton Foundation, the Clinton Global Initiative, and the Clinton Foundation Climate Change Initiative.
Guiffre’s lawyers demanded that all documents regarding these kinds of funding from 2012 onwards are revealed.
Since, according to the law, all parties are required to submit unsealed documents in two weeks’ time, it comes as no surprise that Maxwell’s email account content would soon be made public.
The only exception to the rule is personal information that should be blacked out.
Actions from Maxwell’s legal team
The only document release Judge Preska disagreed to issue was a motion to compel requested by Maxwell’s legal team.
This motion suggested that Guiffre withheld a settlement agreement made between Epstein and her even though Epstein previously provided Maxwell’s attorney with a waiver about the confidentiality clause stipulated by the agreement.
Yet, Judge Preska ruled that the public access presumption did not hold in this case since both parties had already filed a stipulation that settled the motion.
Earlier this week, David Oscar Markus, one of Maxwell’s lawyers, argued that Bill Cosby’s release pointed toward the release of Maxwell.
He stressed that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court made the right decision when it acquitted Cosby as a result of prosecutors’ manipulation.