If convicted on all six counts, Maxwell faces up to 70 years in prison.
The jurors were dismissed at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday without a verdict after roughly 16 hours of deliberating. They are expected to return Monday at 9 a.m.
Shortly before sending the jurors home for the holiday, Judge Alison Nathan sent them a note asking if they’d consider deliberating Thursday.
Minutes later, the jury responded with a note of its own: “No, thank you. Jurors have made plans for tomorrow.”
Upon dismissing the jury, Nathan made a pandemic-related plea: “Obviously, we’ve got the variant and I need all of you here and healthy on Monday. So please take good care and cautions.”
Maxwell will spend her 60th birthday in federal prison in Brooklyn on Christmas Day. She hugged her attorneys before being led out of the courtroom.
Jurors also asked for the FBI notes from a 2007 interview with Carolyn that the defense has said is inconsistent with her testimony in court. The FBI notes are not in evidence, but some excerpts were read into the record during her cross-examination.
Further, the jury asked whether it can consider Farmer’s testimony for two of the conspiracy counts. Nathan said jurors may do so.
What happened at the trial
In its closing argument, the prosecution said Maxwell’s close relationship with Epstein and manipulative actions were key to the international abuse scheme at his properties in New York, Florida, New Mexico and the US Virgin Islands.
“A single middle-aged man who invites a teenage girl to visit his ranch, to come to his house, to fly to New York, is creepy,” prosecutor Allison Moe told jurors. “But when that man is accompanied by a posh, smiling, respectable, age-appropriate woman, that’s when everything starts to seem legitimate.
“And when that woman encourages those girls to massage that man, when she acts like it’s totally normal for the man to touch those girls, it lures them into a trap. It allows the man to silence the alarm bells.”
In the defense’s closing argument, attorney Laura Menninger sought to distance Maxwell from Epstein and suggested he had manipulated her as well. She said the prosecution’s case is based on speculation and distracting photos of Maxwell with Epstein, including several that show her giving him a foot massage.
“She’s being tried here for being with Jeffrey Epstein, and maybe that was the biggest mistake of her life — but it was not a crime,” Menninger told the jury.
Menninger also went through the testimony of each accuser and highlighted inconsistencies in their timelines and their previous interviews with law enforcement in which two of the victims, Carolyn and “Jane,” did not mention Maxwell.
The attorney suggested they misremembered what happened and said they may have changed their stories for money.
“Why would you go decades without mentioning Ghislaine Maxwell and suddenly, when you have your personal injury lawyer, you add her to the mix?” Menninger said.
Prosecutor Maurene Comey rejected those arguments in a rebuttal that alluded to broader societal and economic forces at play in this case.
“The defendant never thought that those teenage girls would have the strength to report what happened. In her eyes, they were just trash beneath her,” she said. “Those girls would never stand up to a power couple like Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell. And if they did, who would believe them?”
Judge in Maxwell trial asked jurors to deliberate today. They said, ‘No, thank you’