Since the Miami Herald broke the story of Jeffrey Epstein’s child sex trafficking in 2018, the Epstein case has continued to roil with scandal at every turn. After Epstein died in prison, his victims turned their eyes to the trial of his former partner Ghislaine Maxwell, who was convicted in December of grooming young women to be abused by Epstein. Marlon Ettinger and Joseph L. Flatley joined Roundtable to discuss the Maxwell trial and the remaining questions around the case.
In this segment, the panel discusses what legal developments may follow Maxwell’s conviction.
Since Maxwell’s conviction, her lawyers have backed down from the fight to keep secret the names of eight men accused of participating in Epstein’s scheme. Ettinger speculates that Maxwell may no longer be willing to protect the others involved.
“She had a lot of people she wanted to testify in her defense, and she was having trouble getting people to testify,” Ettinger said. “She might be figuring, you wouldn’t show up for me, I’m not going to show up for you.”
Despite the overwhelming evidence against her, Maxwell didn’t seem to expect a guilty verdict. Flatley chalks her surprise up to the sheer size of the case—and the impunity that had followed Epstein for decades.
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“She was a player in a game that was larger than her,” Flatley said. “She might have convinced herself, I’m just not that important in the grand scheme of things. But she’s really all we have as far as bringing Epstein to justice.”
Marlon Ettinger, independent journalist
Joseph L. Flatley, publisher, Failed State Update
Watch the full discussion below: