As “monster mover” Ghislaine Maxwell claims to be too frail to testify at her trial and gets a rejection over having her witnesses testify under pseudonyms, the judge in the case pops off to Washington to plan her own future after a nomination from President Biden; a true power play is now underway
On Wednesday, Judge Alison J. Nathan “paused from the trial [of Ghislaine Maxwell] for a trip to Washington, where she faced questions of a different sort” according to Benjamin Weiser of The New York Times.
Now nominated to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit by President Biden, Judge Nathan “was grilled at her confirmation hearing by members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. The questions came mostly from Republicans, who asked about her views on guns rights, capital punishment, compassionate release requests by felons during the pandemic, as well as her past writings and legal advocacy.”
Echoing her earlier approach of keeping alleged mucky madam Maxwell’s ‘little black book’ to remain secret to “avoid ‘needless’ namedropping,” Judge Nathan, when asked by Senator Mike Lee, a Republican of Utah: “Should illegal immigrants be allowed to cast votes in state and local elections?” answered: “That’s a policy question that would be inappropriate for me, as a sitting court judge or a nominee to the Second Circuit, to weigh in on.”
Clearly a lady on a mission to progress her career after ‘The Trial Of The Decade’ ends, the judge was then asked: “Do you think America is mostly good or mostly bad?” by Senator John Kennedy, Republican of Louisiana.
The New York Times reported on her clearly strategically motivated answer:
“She answered by describing a walk she took on Tuesday with her sons to the Supreme Court, where she once had been a law clerk, and of seeing the inscription engraved above the entrance, ‘Equal Justice Under Law… I’m proud to be a part of this American judicial system,’ Judge Nathan said.”
“Yes, ma’am,” Mr. Kennedy said. “But do you think America is mostly good or mostly bad?’ ’America is mostly good, Senator,’ she replied.”
Returning to her New York courtroom on Thursday, Judge Nathan rejected Miss Maxwell’s attempts to have some government defence witnesses testify under pseudonyms or partial names. In doing so, she quite rightly drew a clear distinction between the need to protect the identities of alleged crime victims and the privacy concerns of ‘The Bouncing Czech’s’ deviant daughter’s friends and cronies.
Though many are questioning many of the strange things going on at this trial, one can now only hope that the concept that nobody – however powerful they may or may not be – should be allowed to be above the law… And that must include Ghislaine Maxwell and those supporting her.
Pictured top – A protestor outside the New York court where Ghislaine Maxwell is on trial with a placard reading: ‘Media Silent’ on Thursday; 49-yeard-old Judge Alison J. Nathan with Chuck Schumer, the senate majority leader, during a Senate committee hearing on Wednesday.
The case against Ghislaine Maxwell
The late ‘Cap’n Bob’s’ deviant daughter is on trial in a power play before Judge Nathan on counts of:
- Conspiracy to entice minors to travel to engage in illegal sex acts.
- Enticement of a minor to travel to engage in illegal sex acts.
- Conspiracy to transport minors with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.
- Transporting a minor with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.
- Sex trafficking conspiracy.
- Sex trafficking of a minor.
- Lying under oath.
Some of the key ‘Famous Faces’ whose names have mostly thus far avoided mention at ‘The Trial of The Decade’
- Alexander Acosta
- Woody Allen
- Ehud Barak
- Tom Barrack
- Jean-Luc Brunel
- Naomi Campbell
- President Bill Clinton and his wife Hillary
- Alan Dershowitz
- Glenn Dubin and his wife Eva
- Bill Gates
- Geordie Greig
- Lord Mandelson
- Marvin Minsky
- George J. Mitchell
- Rupert Murdoch
- Peter Nygård
- Bill Richardson III
- Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
- Kevin Spacey
- Jes Staley
- Ken Starr
- President Donald Trump and his potentially trafficked wife Melania
- Ivana Trump
- Chris Tucker
- Harvey Weinstein
- Leslie Wexner
- Prince Andrew, Duke of York and his live-in ex-wife Sarah, Duchess of York