Judge Loretta Preska, a New York federal judge has ruled that most of the documents which have been under seal so that it can be used in the libel trial against Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein’s madame in the defamation case brought by [Virginia Roberts] Giuffre for Maxwell calling her a liar.
This will include emails and other communications.
Only one document is to be withheld, a settlement between Giuffre and Epstein.
The judge ruled:
“It is not the job of the Court to police press coverage. Tabloid fodder doesn’t diminish the importance of materials that could reasonably affect the court’s decision on a motion.”
The Daily Mail reported:
“The judge also ruled that documents relating to a request from [Virginia Roberts] Giuffre for email accounts that Maxwell allegedly kept secret from the court should also be made public. The documents are part of a tranche of material gradually being released by Judge Preska from the defamation case [Virginia Roberts Giuffre] filed against Maxwell in 2016 for calling her a liar.”
One section of the ruling states:
From January 2012 to the present, produce all documents concerning any source of funding for the TarraMar Project (Maxwell’s nonprofit) or any other not-for-profit entities with which you are associated, including but not limited to, funding received from the Clinton Global Initiative, the Clinton Foundation (a/k/a William J. Clinton Foundation, a/k/a/ the Bill, Hilary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation), and the Clinton Foundation Climate Change Initiative.
Law & Crime reported:
“The parties are required to submit unsealed documents to the court — with redactions to black out the identifying information of all non-party Does — in two weeks. The only filing that Preska declined to unseal was a motion to compel filed by Maxwell, which alleged that Giuffre had been withholding a settlement agreement reached between her and Epstein, even after Maxwell’s attorney obtained a waiver from Epstein concerning the agreement’s confidentiality clause. Preska reasoned that because both parties had submitted a joint stipulation resolving the motion during the earlier defamation case which stated that any further proceedings on the issue were ‘moot,’ the presumption of public access did not attach.”
One specific area of interest is that Giuffre’s legal team demanded that any and all communications concerning contributions to any of the Clinton charities. I’m not sure why they would be important but the lawyers must see a benefit in it.