NEW YORK CITY, NY – The trial of Ghislaine Maxwell kicked off on November 29th, and two elements regarding the trial give cause for concern: one of the lead prosecutors is the daughter of former FBI Director James Comey and the presiding judge in the case just so happened to have secured a nomination from Biden to the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals less than two weeks earlier.
While many were glued to the broadcasts of the Kyle Rittenhouse and Ahmaud Arbery trials – and with good reason – one deserving of equal (or greater) attention is none other than the trial of Maxwell.
However, since Maxwell’s trial is taking place in federal court, there will be no broadcasts of the trial for anyone to openly view the proceedings.
But a looming question is whether this trial is getting proverbially “fixed”.
Maurene Comey, daughter of the disgraced former FBI director, is one of the three lead prosecutors in the Maxwell trial. Outside of her being James Comey’s daughter, she was also a part of the prosecutors involved in the lost video footage of Jeffrey Epstein’s first alleged attempted suicide in jail.
It’s hardly objectionable that critics are questioning why Maurene Comey is one of the lead prosecutors in the Maxwell case considering the track record regarding who is really at the center of this trial – the deceased Epstein.
But then there is the presiding judge in the Maxwell case, U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan.
Judge Nathan back in March had granted Maxwell’s request to redact and conceal information from the trial to the public that may be deemed “sensational and impure”, proclaiming in her written order that certain case details would “cater to a craving” for tabloidesque headlines and stories.
“Those portions of the transcript, which were redacted in the civil matter, concern privacy interests, and their disclosure would merely serve to cater to a ‘craving for that which is sensational and impure.’”
It’s certainly odd to want to keep details away from the public eye on such an important case – almost as if the judge is serving as a de facto PR extension for Maxwell.
Strangely enough, on November 17th, after being recommended for a nomination by Senator Chuck Schumer, President Biden formally nominated Judge Nathan to serve on the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.
With these aspects already injected into the case, the question is whether the fix is already in place.
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