Ghislaine Maxwell’s lawyers urge leniency ahead of sex trafficking sentencing

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By Luc Cohen NEW YORK (Reuters) -Ghislaine Maxwell should spend fewer, and perhaps far fewer, than 20 years in prison for helping deceased financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse teenage girls, her lawyers said on Wednesday, arguing that Epstein was the “mastermind” behind the abuse. Maxwell, 60, “cannot and should not bear all the punishment for which Epstein should have been held responsible,” her lawyers wrote in a sentencing memorandum filed in Manhattan federal court. A federal jury in Manhattan convicted Maxwell last December on five criminal counts including sex trafficking for recruit…

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