Ghislaine Maxwell declines to testify as defense rests case


Ghislaine Maxwell attends day 1 of the 4th Annual WIE Symposium at Center 548 on September 20, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (AP) — Ghislaine Maxwell’s defense has rested its case after two days of presenting evidence on the British socialite’s behalf. Not among that evidence was testimony from the longtime Jeffrey Epstein associate herself.

Around a half-hour after Maxwell, 59, told the court Friday she would not testify in her own defense because “the government has not proven its case beyond a reasonable doubt,” one of her attorneys announced the defense had rested.

The judge told jury that announcement closed the evidence portion of the trial. She told jurors to return at 9 a.m. Monday, rather than 9:30 a.m., and to arrange to be in court as late as 6 p.m. She said the parties will do their closing arguments, then she’ll instruct them on the law and deliberations will begin.

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