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Ghislaine Maxwell denied bail

Ghislaine Maxwell has been denied bail in New York, over charges arising from her alleged involvement in Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking of minor girls, to which she has pleaded not guilty. If convicted, Maxwell faces up to 35 years in federal prison.

Prosecutors said the Briton was an extreme flight risk. Defence attorneys said she would be endangered by Covid-19 if held in custody. The judge, Alison Nathan, sided with federal authorities.

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A slow build-up to an inevitable conclusion: Bail denied.

“We are hereby adjourned.”

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Maxwell’s trial date is scheduled for 12 July 2021. It is expected to take about two weeks.

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Ghislaine Maxwell is appearing (via video link) in court in Manhattan today, for her arraignment and bail hearing, facing up to 35 years in jail over her alleged involvement in Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking of minor girls. She has pleaded not guilty.

Federal prosecutors do not want Maxwell to make bail, arguing she poses a flight risk. The defence argues Covid-19 will pose a serious risk to their client’s health, if she is held behind bars. No decision on that yet – the trial date has been set for June 2021.

Victoria Bekiempis is in court for the Guardian, and she has been filing updates.

Prosecutors read a statement from one of Maxwell’s accusers,” she writes, “identified as Jane Doe. Maxwell, the statement said, ‘enjoyed drawing her victims in with perceived caring’. The same accuser also described Maxwell’s ‘sociopathic manner’.

“An Epstein accuser, Annie Farmer, spoke to the court by phone. Maxwell ‘tormented her survivors’, she said.

Maxwell was arrested earlier this month at a remote property in New Hampshire. On Tuesday US attorney Alison Moe recounted a remarkable tale:

A real estate agent involved in the property’s sale in November 2019 told an FBI agent two people seeking to buy it who introduced themselves as Scott and Janet Marshall “both had British accents”. The man said he was “retired from the British military and currently working on a book”. The woman said she was a journalist.

The woman who introduced herself as Janet Marshall was in fact Ghislaine Maxwell, Moe said.

Here’s Victoria’s report in full:

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Biden unveils $2tn clean energy proposal

Joe Biden unveiled a clean energy plan, the second part of his “Build Back Better” proposal, in his remarks from Delaware today.

“When Donald Trump thinks about climate change, the only word he can muster is, ‘hoax,’” Biden said, referring to Trump’s previous claims that the crisis is fake.

“When I think about climate change, the word I think of is ‘jobs,’” Biden added. He said his proposal would create 1 million jobs in construction, engineering and manufacturing, helping the country to regain some of the economic ground last during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Joe Biden: “When Donald Trump thinks about climate change, the only word he can muster is ‘hoax.’ When I think about climate change, the word I think of is ‘jobs.’ Good-paying union jobs that put Americans to work.”

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The new proposal outlines $2tn for clean energy infrastructure and other climate solutions, to be spent as quickly as possible in the next four years, what would be the Democrat’s first term in office. Last year, he proposed $1.7tn in spending over 10 years.

The new goals align Biden more closely with three primary opponents, the Vermont senator Bernie Sanders, the Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren and Jay Inslee, the Washington governor.

They follow the recommendations of a unity taskforce of Sanders and Biden supporters that was co-chaired by the New York congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who co-sponsored the Green New Deal.

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Maxwell pleads not guilty to involvement in Epstein sex trafficking

Ghislaine Maxwell appeared in Manhattan federal court via video feed on Tuesday, for arraignment and bail arguments regarding her alleged involvement in Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking of minor girls.

The video feed featured four panels, one showing Maxwell, one showing her defense team, one showing the judge, and one panel showing prosecutors. The audio kept cutting out.

The judge told Maxwell to inform her if the audio feed didn’t work.

“Thank you, your honor, I will do that,” Maxwell said with a refined voice.

The proceeding moved to Maxwell’s arraignment shortly thereafter.

“Ms Maxwell, have you had an opportunity to discuss the indictment in this case with your attorney?” the judge asked.

“I have, your honor…I have been able to discuss it, your honor, with my attorney.”

Maxwell waived a public reading of the indictment.

“And how do you plead?” the judge asked.

“Not guilty, your honor.”

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Ghislaine Maxwell is due to appear on Tuesday in Manhattan federal court via video feed for arraignment and bail arguments involving her alleged participation in Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking of minor girls.

The British friend of Epstein is requesting bail, while prosecutors are fighting her release before trial.

The media presence at court prior to Maxwell’s appearance was quieter than one would expect. There was a queue outside the Downtown building, but not the thick throngs of journalists one often saw at major proceedings prior to COVID.

There were also fewer gawkers than normal. One couple walking by wondered aloud what was happening. “Oh, wait, I think that Jeffrey Epstein s–t” one of them remarked. Then, they kept walking.