(Republican Insider) – The Epstein saga is still underway despite the fact that Jeffrey Epstein himself expired years ago in a New York federal prison after being “suicided.” Two months ago, his former madam Ghislaine Maxwell was found guilty on five charges related to their sex trafficking scheme.
If you thought that was the end of it, you were wrong. It appears as though the verdict is now in danger of being thrown out altogether after a juror from the case has admitted to news reporters that he lied during jury selection for the trial.
According to the New York Post, juror Scotty David, recognized by his first and middle names, told reporters after the trial he had been sexually assaulted as a child.
Manhattan federal Judge Alison Nathan said his admission “cast doubt on the accuracy of his responses during jury selection.” The judge could have reasonably asked David to excuse himself given the nature of the case had she known that he was a victim of sexual abuse.
According to Nathan, the jurors were given a questionnaire asking they or a close friend or family member had been a victim of sexual abuse. If a juror responded “yes,” Nathan proceeded with further questions to determine their ability to be impartial during the case.
In January, during an interview with Reuters, David said he “flew through” the questionnaire and did not remember being asked about past sexual abuse and claimed he would have answered truthfully if he had been.
Making matters even worse, David explained that he even discussed his experience with other jurors during deliberation. He said he made the decision to share after some of the jurors were questioning whether two of the victims’ testimonies were completely factual.
David said he told his fellow jurors that it was common for victims to forget specific details about abuse and that he had similar experiences when recalling his own abuse.
“When I shared that … they were able to come around on the memory aspect of the sexual abuse,” David told Reuters.
David told Reuters it “wasn’t easy” for the jury to come to a unanimous decision in the case.
“There’s a room of 12 people and we all have to be on the same page and we all have to understand what’s going on,” he said. “And then we have to agree. So that’s partly why it took so long.”
Now, the situation is that David did not disclose his personal sexual abuse experience and then used that experience to sway other jurors into a guilty verdict. The integrity of the case is now on the line.
The Post reported that Judge Nathan wrote in a Thursday court order that “Juror 50’s post-trial statements are ‘clear, strong, substantial and incontrovertible evidence that a specific, non speculative impropriety’ — namely, a false statement during jury selection — has occurred.”
Naturally, Maxwell saw this as an opportunity to seek a new trial, however, Nathan shot down her request, which was based solely on David’s comments to reporters, explaining her decision was such because David’s comments were not made under oath.
However, in her Thursday order, Nathan said she will question David under oath on March 8 and from there determine what the next steps will be.
Nathan informed Maxwell’s attorneys that they must file their motion for a new trial publicly by Friday. Prior to that, the motion has been sealed, according to the Post.
Prosecutors are also required to file their response to the motion. David’s legal team has not commented on the March 8 hearing.
Currently, Maxwell is facing up to 65 years in prison for her involvement in the finding and grooming of teenagers for sexual assault by Epstein and his associates in the 1990s and 2000s.
Bill Clinton was also photographed on the Lolita Express and getting a massage from Epstein victim Chauntee Davis is 2003.
Not to the mention the weird painting that was in Epstein's house pic.twitter.com/95g0TTb2MC
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) December 30, 2021
— AJAK (@AjakAjak1652) January 17, 2022
Copyright 2022. RepublicanInsider.org