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Maxwell trial adjourned after attorney falls sick

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The sex-abuse trial of Ghislaine Maxwell has been paused because an attorney on the case has gotten sick. U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan told the federal court in Manhattan on Thursday that an attorney was "ill and has to get care." She said there was no reason to believe the illness was related to the coronavirus. The judge sent jurors home for the day, telling them to expect to return Friday. The 59-year-old Maxwell has denied charges she groomed teenagers to give financier Jeffrey Epstein sexual messages. The government had been expected to end its case by the end of the week. Maxwell, 59, has denied charges she groomed teenagers to give financier Jeffrey Epstein sexual messages at the billionaire's residences in Florida, New York, New Mexico and elsewhere. Her lawyers have accused prosecutor of making her a scapegoat for sex crimes committed by Epstein, who killed himself in jail in 2019. The government had been expected to finish presenting its case by the end of the week and the judge suggested that closing arguments in the case might occur on Dec. 20 if the defense presentation next week only lasts a day or two. Before the trial was abruptly adjourned for the day, jurors did hear a single witness, FedEx paralegal Tracy Chapell, who verified that overnight packages were sent by Jeffrey Epstein to women in December 2002.

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