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December 31, 2021

Wednesday, a jury in New York found Ghislaine Maxwell guilty on five out of six felony counts related to procuring and grooming underage girls for the late billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. She faces up to 40 years in prison on each charge. I don’t want to go into the distasteful details of the charges, but you can read more here:

Her lawyers did raise one point worth considering when they argued that the prosecution was using Maxwell as a scapegoat for Epstein, who died in jail in 2019 before he could be put on trial. That point is that Epstein had many rich and powerful friends who allegedly had similar illegal appetites and victimized many girls. Yet as this account at notes, all the details of Epstein’s network have been ordered sealed.

Epstein is dead and Maxwell is being punished, but what about other potential victims and their powerful exploiters? Seems to me that her conviction should be just the beginning of this investigation, not the end of it.

As Jennifer Van Laar points out, if Southern District of New York prosecutors can manage to leak sealed documents and illegally-seized attorney-client communications from Project Veritas to the New York Times, surely they can do the same to expose people who actually did something that needs to be exposed.