When the trial of
Ghislaine Maxwell over her alleged complicity in trafficking teenage
girls for sex with dead paedophile Jeffrey Epstein eventually draws to a
conclusion, it is unlikely to be the end of this sordid, salacious
Thanks to the mass of journalistic grunt work carried out by
Miami Herald investigative reporter, Julie K Brown, and rigorously
documented in her recently published ‘Perversion of Justice’,
the recriminations will continue, law officials will continue to look
over their shoulders and the victims will edge ever closer to closure,
Because justice will elude the 34 women who have stayed
the distance as legal proceedings against the disgraced financier
dragged on, and were then ultimately derailed, when Epstein apparently
chose the coward’s exit rather than face his accusers and hung himself
with his bedsheets in his prison cell in the Special Housing Unit of New
York’s Metropolitan Correctional Centre in August 2019.
one openly mourns the death of a sex monster, Epstein’s ranks of lawyers
have attempted to paint his death as some sort of miscarriage of
justice and Brown does take a close look at the circumstances
surrounding it and comes up with… well, nothing certain.
security cameras monitoring Epstein’s prison cell were on the blink at
the time of his death, the two guards supposedly keeping watch over him –
following one earlier unsuccessful attempt at suicide – were both found
fast asleep on the job, and it was clearly documented that their charge
was ill-suited to the harsh realities of prison life.
suggests that selecting Nicholas Tartaglione, a former upstate New York
police officer facing quadruple murder charges, to be the bunkmate of
Epstein, following his 2019 arrest on federal charges of sex trafficking
minors, might have been considered a bit more carefully.
frankly, any attempt to garner sympathy for the loathsome billionaire is
hard to stomach, no matter how or at whose hands he finally shuffled
off this mortal coil.
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Anyone who has followed this story will see parallels in the way
that Maxwell’s legal team is behaving in the run-up to her trial. Ever
since her arrest, smarmy, disingenuous, top-flight lawyers have been
trying to weasel bail, better prison conditions and more lenient
treatment for their client, even enlisting the help of her brother to claim she was being kept in conditions as bad as those in the USA’s notorious rendition prison in Guantanamo Bay.
the pleas to the court to go easy on Maxwell, there is never any
mention of the countless lives of pretty young teenagers that were
destroyed by cynical manipulation to coerce them into having sex with
Epstein and his rich powerful pals, before they were discarded like the
soiled towels the pervert would use three or four times a day after
assaulting his latest ‘private masseuse.’
While Maxwell’s trial
should certainly be a significant step forward in reaching closure on
this case, and the total of $67million paid out in compensation to some
of his victims also helps, after reading ‘Perversion of Justice’ you
can’t help feel there is substantially more to be revealed, that, were
it to be made public, would rupture the US political and legal
In one instance that Brown explores, it’s surely
significant that no one has been able to extract from bureaucracy the
unredacted flight manifests of Epstein’s private jet trips down to his
personal slice of the Caribbean, dubbed ‘Paedophile Island.’ Rumours
abound, meanwhile, about the identities of the rich and powerful men who
accompanied the financier on his jaunts to the island of Little St
James, along with the many teenage girls, for sordid sex in the sun away
from prying eyes.
While money and power shield many of those who
embraced Epstein’s hospitality, 59-year-old Maxwell’s pending trial
could identify some of those accomplices who would much prefer they were
never mentioned. This might prompt some of those unnamed former
associates of Epstein into working on Maxwell’s behalf, calling in
favours from powerful friends behind the scenes, attempting to coerce
prosecutors and police and enlisting private investigators to dig up
information that might deter her inquisitors from taking too close a
look at all the details. Obviously, a carefully worded plea bargain
would be in all their interests.
Because that’s how Epstein worked
and Maxwell, without question, learned a lot from her former boyfriend.
Of course, that would mean the search for truth would again be stymied.
does offer hope is that the political and legal landscape in the States
has changed since Donald Trump, a long-time pal of Epstein, left office
and the more ‘colourful’ members of an inter-connected band of
high-rolling lawyers, politicos and influence peddlers scattered in the
wind. Some of the creepier rockspiders themselves have been arrested,
charged and jailed for various misdemeanours while others have quietly
scuttled off, hoping no one notices.
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that is true, then maybe justice of sorts can be found. Maybe Maxwell
has no cards left to play and will spend the next few decades behind
bars and Epstein’s victims, like Virginia Giuffre and Courtney Wild, can
carry on with rich and fulfilling lives.
Or maybe something
darker will emerge and Epstein’s crimes will become Maxwell’s crimes and
the crimes of others. One thing is certain: only when the fallen
socialite steps into the courtroom on November 29, will we even begin to know if we are anywhere near the end of this shameful perversion of justice.