Is Ghislaine Maxwell finally going to reap the just desserts of the horrific crimes against children that she committed alongside pedo financier Jeffrey Epstein? Not entirely, as nothing could ever make up for the sickening crimes, crimes that shock the conscience, that she committed with and at the behest of that evil man.
But she may be on the edge of getting some fraction of what her crimes certainly deserve, as prosecutors in her case are pushing for her to get 30 to 55 years in prison. They did so in the form of a written request to Judge Allison Nathan, with Maxwell to be sentenced on Tuesday in a federal court in Manhattan.
News on that comes from the Associated Press, which, reporting on the Maxwell sentencing situation, said that:
Prosecutors said she should serve between 30 years and 55 years in prison, reflecting the federal sentencing guidelines. They made their recommendations to the judge who will preside over a sentencing hearing on Tuesday in Manhattan federal court.
What is odd, however, is that though prosecutors not Maxwell’s “monstrous crimes” in their brief, they only push for the guideline number of years; if her crimes were monstrous, which they almost certainly were, then why not hand her a sentence that reflects the monstrosity of her actions?
Regardless, the defense lawyers were pushing for an even softer, less just sentence. The same AP article notes that defense lawyers for Ghislaine are meanwhile pushing for just five years, noting that:
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“Defense lawyers said in a sentencing submission last week that she should spend no more than five years in prison and shouldn’t pay for Epstein’s crimes, since he was the mastermind and principal abuser and “orchestrated the crimes for his personal gratification.”
The difference between the 30 to 55 years versus five years is important not just because of the length of time, but also given Maxwell’s age; right now she is sixty years old, so sentencing her for anywhere in the 30 to 55-year range would almost certainly mean that she would spend the rest of her life in prison. If she only served five years, meanwhile, she’d be back out on the streets and potentially able to prey on children for decades.
Further, whether the judge will stick to the federal guidelines or slap Maxwell on the wrist is important given Katanji Jackson’s Supreme Court hearing, which showed that she routinely gave light sentences to child molesters and child porn downloaders.
With her having done that and gotten away with it despite the disapproval of the American people, who rightly see child rape as evil and deserving of more than a slap on the wrist, it’s important now to see whether judges will follow in her footsteps and let monsters like Maxwell off of the hook, or if they’ve buck the trend Katanji set and instead lock up the monsters so that they can’t prey on children any longer.