Maxwell gets prison request approved by judge as she awaits sentencing in 'hell-hole'

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Judge Alison Nathan said the vaccine is available at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, New York, where Maxwell is being held and which the convicted sex offender has described as a “hell hole”. Maxwell’s lawyer, Bobbi Sternheim, had asked if her client could get the vaccine as she awaits sentencing.

The court has been advised that Metropolitan Detention Center is making booster shots available within a week of receiving a request from an inmate, MailOnline reports.

Maxwell’s lawyers may make a further application to the court if a request is made and a booster not provided.

The 60-year-old socialite was found guilty last Thursday of helping her former boyfriend – the paedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein – to recruit and groom teenagers.

A US jury convicted Maxwell of five out of six charges, though the legal process is not over yet as she faces a separate trial for perjury.

Parties in her case have been ordered to submit a joint letter by January 10 proposing a schedule for sentencing.

The joint letter should also propose a schedule for the perjury counts.

Maxwell faces up to 65 years behind bars.

Her sentence may prompt her to reveal the actions of others within Epstein’s circle in a bid to cut its length.

Maxwell’s family lawyer, Leah Saffian, was spotted in court by The Miami Herald on Tuesday beckoning over ABC News producer James Hill to introduce him to her.

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Members of her family said they felt very disappointed at the verdict and had already started the appeal process under the belief that Maxwell would be vindicated.

Carl Tobias, Williams Professor of Law at the University of Richmond’s school of law in Virginia, told Reuters he believed Maxwell will appeal as she said she was not testifying because the US had not proven its case.

He added: “She would have to show some error in the way the case was tried or some jury misconduct, both of which will be difficult to show.

“From a distance, it seemed like the victims were brave, sympathetic witnesses, who were providing credible testimony about awful behaviour.”

Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who is one of Epstein and Maxwell’s most prominent accusers, said after the guilty verdict: “My soul yearned for justice for years and today the jury gave me just that. I will remember this day always.

“Having lived with the horrors of Maxwell’s abuse, my heart goes out to the many other girls and young women who suffered at her hands and whose lives she destroyed.

“I hope that today is not the end but rather another step in justice being served. Maxwell did not act alone. Others must be held accountable. I have faith that they will be.”



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