It is unclear if Maxwell was placed on suicide watch because of her link with Epstein.
Sternheim said a psychologist evaluated Maxwell on Saturday morning and determined she is not suicidal. The attorney argues Maxwell is unable to properly prepare for sentencing. A spokesman for the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York declined to comment.
“If Ms. Maxwell remains on suicide watch, is prohibited from reviewing legal materials prior to sentencing, becomes sleep-deprived, and is denied sufficient time to meet with and confer with counsel, we will be formally moving on Monday for an adjournment,” Sternheim said.
Federal prosecutors asked a judge in a court filing Wednesday to sentence Maxwell to 30 per 55 anni di prigione, arguing she “made the choice to sexually exploit numerous underage girls.” Maxwell’s lawyers last week asked a judge to sentence her to between 4.25 e 5.25 anni di prigione, saying her difficult childhood made her vulnerable to Epstein and she should not face a harsh sentence because of his actions
Epstein, who pleaded guilty in
2008 to state prostitution charges
, was indicted on federal sex trafficking charges in July
2019 ma died by suicide in a Manhattan federal detention facility a month later
. The facility has since been closed down
, possibly temporarily
, to address
Maxwell, his confidante and former girlfriend, was arrested a year afterward and has been held in jail since. Prosecutors say Maxwell helped Epstein set up a scheme to lure young girls into sexual relationships between 1994 e 2004.
She was found guilty of five federal charges in December, Compreso: traffico sessuale di un minore, transporting a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity and three related counts of conspiracy. tuttavia, she will only be sentenced on three counts after the judge presiding over her case agreed two of the conspiracy counts she faced were repetitive.