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'Dorm Dad From Hell' Found Guilty on All Counts

Lawrence Ray held a group of Sarah Lawrence students under his sway for years

(Newser) - Update: He may have enjoyed almost total control over the much younger Sarah Lawrence College students he pulled into his web after moving into their dorm, but Lawrence Ray can't say the same of the jury who heard his case. The 62-year-old was on Wednesday found guilty of all...

Prince Andrew Tells Judge He Wants Jury Trial

Filing denies allegations in Virginia Giuffre's lawsuit, seeks dismissal

(Newser) - Britain's Prince Andrew issued fresh denials in a court filing Wednesday in which he "demands a trial by jury" in the sexual assault lawsuit facing him in New York. The document answers accusations in Virginia Giuffre's suit, CNN reports. The denials respond to accusations that Andrew conspired...

Maxwell Jurors&#39; Remarks Could Be &#39;Huge Blow&#39; to Prosecution
Maxwell Requests Retrial,
Citing 'Juror No. 50'

Maxwell Requests Retrial, Citing 'Juror No. 50'

If a juror lied on questionnaire about past sexual abuse, it could be a factor

(Newser) - Update: Ghislaine Maxwell has requested a retrial following her conviction for crimes including sex trafficking of a minor . The request was made Thursday by a lawyer who requested that all submissions related to "Juror No. 50 remain under seal until the court rules," per the CBC . Two jurors...

It&#39;s a Bad Omen for Matt Gaetz
It's a Bad Omen for Matt Gaetz

It's a Bad Omen for Matt Gaetz

Ex-girlfriend reportedly testifies before grand jury in sex trafficking probe

(Newser) - An ex-girlfriend of Rep. Matt Gaetz on Wednesday testified before a grand jury investigating the Florida Republican for alleged sex trafficking, various outlets report. The former Capitol Hill staffer was seen arriving at a federal courthouse in Orlando, where a grand jury is known to be meeting. "All I...

'Operation Boo Dat' Ends With Sex-Offender Arrests

Monthslong effort also tracks down 5 missing teens in Louisiana

(Newser) - For most of the fall season, the US Marshals Service was hard at work in Louisiana, scoping out the New Orleans area in an annual crime-fighting operation that paid off big time this year. In a report issued in 2021's final days, the agency announced that thanks to "...

Now Maybe Maxwell Wants to Cut a Deal

She'd have to turn over big names to win a reduced sentence, experts say

(Newser) - Until her conviction Wednesday on sex trafficking charges, Ghislaine Maxwell didn't see a need to cooperate with investigators. Apparently confident of acquittal, she had told the court that "the government has not proven its case beyond a reasonable doubt." Now that Maxwell is awaiting sentencing, legal analysts...

Maxwell Jurors Tell Judge They Have Plans on Thursday

Jurors head home for Christmas without reaching a verdict; trial to resume Monday

(Newser) - If Ghislaine Maxwell had hoped to receive closure on her legal fate before her 60th birthday, which falls on Christmas Day, that gift won't be coming. Still, the Jeffrey Epstein associate "looked happy" Wednesday upon finding out the jury in her sex trafficking trial hasn't yet reached...

Rep Suggests Ghislaine Maxwell &#39;Too Fragile&#39; to Testify
Defense Rests
Without Testimony
From Maxwell

Defense Rests Without Testimony From Maxwell

Defendant tells judge prosecution hasn't proven its case

(Newser) - Update: This file has been updated with the defense resting its case. Ghislaine Maxwell's lawyers wrapped up their case Friday in her New York trial on charges that she helped Jeffrey Epstein recruit and sexually abuse underage girls. The jury did not hear from the defendant, the AP reports....

Jury to Be Finalized in Ghislaine Maxwell Trial

Sex-trafficking trial for Jeffrey Epstein associate begins Monday

(Newser) - Two years after Jeffrey Epstein's suicide behind bars, a jury is set to be picked Monday in New York City to determine a central question in the long-running sex-trafficking case: Was his longtime companion, Ghislaine Maxwell, Epstein's puppet or accomplice? Maxwell—who once dated the financier—is accused...

One Word Allowed at Trial Is Bad News for Ghislaine Maxwell

Judge OKs use of word 'victim'; meanwhile, prosecutors say she wasn't offered plea deal

(Newser) - Ghislaine Maxwell shuffled into a pretrial hearing in Manhattan on Monday, and she had just one thing to say to the court: "I have not committed any crime." Prosecutors, however, had much more to say regarding Jeffrey Epstein's associate, including that she hasn't requested a plea...

R. Kelly Declines to Testify at Trial

Closing arguments begin in sex-trafficking trial

(Newser) - A prosecutor began closing arguments in the R. Kelly sex trafficking trial Wednesday by telling jurors that the government had delivered on its promises to prove that the R&B singer had for years commanded close associates to help him target, groom and exploit girls, boys, and young women for...

She Escaped Her Pimp, but Still Had Access to Prostitutes

Inside Megan Lundstrom's journey from the streets to academia

(Newser) - Her pimp "shot seven bullets into my nanny’s car, then called and told me next time it wouldn’t be a car that gets shot." It took Megan Lundstrom a full two years to get out, but she managed to escape him—by aligning with another pimp....

Epstein Fund Completes Payments

Epstein Fund Completes Payments

More than 140 victims received a total of $121M in compensation

(Newser) - The fund set up by the estate of Jeffrey Epstein to compensate his sexual assault victims has finished its work, after distributing $121 million to more than 140 people. About 225 applications were filed, ABC reports, and 150 people were approved for compensation. "I think the number of certified...

Ohio Teen Trying to Escape Her Pimp Paid Steep Price

'Washington Post' takes a deep dive into Alexis Martin's case

(Newser) - When Alexis Martin was sentenced to 21 years to life for her role in a robbery that ended in murder, a judge described her as "working" for the "escort" business run by Angelo Kerney, the man who police found dead in November 2013. Except as Jessica Contrera writes...

Matt Gaetz's Ex Reportedly Cooperating With Authorities

News comes just days after friend's plea deal

(Newser) - A woman Rep. Matt Gaetz used to date, who has known him since 2017, is cooperating with authorities, CNN reports. Gaetz, a Republican congressman from Florida serving his third term, is embroiled in a sex trafficking scandal. He’s been accused of paying for sex with a minor and taking...

Gaetz Ally Admits Sex Trafficking
Gaetz Ally Admits
Sex Trafficking

Gaetz Ally Admits Sex Trafficking

Taking prosecutors' deal, Joel Greenberg enters 6 guilty pleas

(Newser) - Joel Greenberg, the former county tax collector at the center of a federal sex trafficking investigation along with Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz, took prosecutors' plea deal Monday, admitting to six federal crimes. Changing his pleas from "not guilty" reduced the number of federal counts Greenberg faced from 33, the...

Move by Joel Greenberg an 'Ominous Sign' for Matt Gaetz

Former associate of Fla. congressman agrees to plead guilty to sex trafficking, including of a minor

(Newser) - The potential bad news that's been looming over Matt Gaetz just got worse. The New York Times reports that Joel Greenberg, a former tax collector and associate of the Florida congressman, has agreed to plead guilty to sex trafficking, including of a 17-year-old girl, and to cooperate with the...

Daily Beast: Associate's Letter Just Threw Gaetz Under the Bus

Congressman paid for sex with multiple girls, including a minor, Joel Greenberg confesses in note

(Newser) - Word on the DOJ investigation into GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz and associate Joel Greenberg over possible violations of federal sex-trafficking laws has been quiet over the past couple of weeks. That changed Thursday with an update from the Daily Beast . It got its hands on three drafts of a confessional...

Ghislaine Maxwell Enters Plea on 2 New Charges

'She's looking forward to fighting and she will fight,' rep says after Maxwell pleads not guilty

(Newser) - Ghislaine Maxwell hasn't appeared before a judge in person since last July, when she was arrested. That changed when the British socialite and former girlfriend of the late Jeffrey Epstein showed up Friday in federal court, where she pleaded not guilty via an attorney to two new sex-trafficking charges...

Yep, Gaetz Pal Joel Greenberg Is Seeking a Plea Deal

And more of the latest in Matt Gaetz investigation

(Newser) - Joel Greenberg, an associate of Matt Gaetz, is indeed cooperating with the Justice Department investigation focused on them both, sources say. Greenberg is seeking a plea deal, a source tells the Washington Post , and in doing so, he's reportedly been giving information to federal law enforcement authorities since last...

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