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sordid Ghislaine Maxwell’s best shot at freedom is to give up powerful men who had sex with underage girls

Within hours of the verdict being announced by the jury in Manhattan yesterday Maxwell’s lawyers and family said the appeals process has already started.

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Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell. Photo: Reuters

Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell. Photo: Reuters

Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell. Photo: Reuters

GIVING up the powerful men who had sex with underage girls is Ghislaine Maxwell’s best chance to get out of prison any time soon.

The courtroom battles around Jeffrey Epstein’s sordid sex-ring are going to last for years in the wake of Maxwell’s guilty verdict on sex-trafficking charges.

Within hours of the verdict being announced by the jury in Manhattan yesterday Maxwell’s lawyers and family said the appeals process has already started.

The separate case involving Virginia Roberts who alleged she was abused by Prince Andrew after being ensnared by Epstein and Maxwell is still being fought through the courts.

Back in the decrepit detention centre in Brooklyn, Maxwell is now awaiting the date of her sentence hearing.

The 60-year-old is effectively facing a life sentence for her crimes which attract tariffs in the US of 30 to 40 years.

The legal bar for an appeal is high for Maxwell and her best shot of gaining her freedom is to start ratting out who she can to the South District New York attorney – if she has anyone to offer up.

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Pictured: Ghislaine Maxwell

Pictured: Ghislaine Maxwell

Pictured: Ghislaine Maxwell

There was much talk before the trial of Maxwell’s little black book which contains the names of many rich and powerful people.

But it also contains the names of people who were never contacted by either Maxwell or Epstein and being in the book does not mean any criminal involvement.

The ‘little’ black book contains 5,000 names and has 97 pages and Maxwell’s version was stolen from Epstein’s Florida mansion by a former butler who tried to sell it to an undercover FBI agent in 2009.

It was dismissed by her lawyers during the trial as a “hearsay” document with no value as evidence.

Former prosecutor and author Eric Honig was at pains yesterday to point out that co-operation will only work for Maxwell if she has something useful to give prosecutors.

She was the second-in-command of the sex-ring and the number one, Epstein, is dead so her only option will be to convince them she has the evidence to give up powerful men who had sex with under-age girls.

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“The SDNY might in that scenario decide that it is worth it to flip her -- but only if there's a realistic way and prosecutorial commitment to charge those others, whoever they might be,” he posted.

He thinks it’s “unlikely” she would co-operate and if she did the SDNY would have to be convinced she was telling the entire truth and holding nothing back before cutting any deal.

Speaking on a Crime World episode journalist Brad Hunter who has been covering the trial, said the case is a long way from being over.

“She’s going to fight this tooth and nail. I don’t know how much money her family has, I do know Epstein gave her in excess of $30 million.”

“She’ll be able to fight it for a pretty long time, but once the US government digs its heels in then it’s going to be close to game over.”

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