Ah, Tuesday. You have been a day. So much so that let’s just get right into it.
1) In her hearing today in the Southern District of New York Federal Court, Ghislaine Maxwell, 58, pleaded not guilty to all charges, even as victims of her longtime associate, the late financier Jeffrey Epstein, spoke out against her.
Federal District Judge Judge Alison Nathan presided over the hearing where, on video from her Brooklyn jail, Maxwell entered her plea. She was dressed casually and appeared tired.
Survivors spoke out about her assistance in helping Epstein recruit, abuse, and exploit girls as young as 14 from 1994 to 1997. They also have accused her of willfully lying to cover up her role in his crimes – including during a 2016 deposition.
Judge Nathan set the start of Maxwell’s trial for July 12, 2021.
Maxwell has six criminal charges against her, two of perjury, and four that involve transportation of minors for use for illegal sex acts. Prosecutors argued today against her petition for bail, again asserting that she is an “extreme flight risk.”
Federal prosecutor Alison Moe has said that since the investigation is ongoing, there could be future charges against Maxwell, though she does not foresee any.
One of Maxwell’s accusers, Annie Farmer, spoke today, saying that Maxwell has not shown any remorse or acknowledgment of her part in the abuse she helped facilitate.
An anonymous accuser agreed, saying that without Maxwell, she never would have been abused by Epstein. This accuser says she still feels endangered by Maxwell, and requested protection if she is released.
Moe agreed with the sentiment that Maxwell needs to be kept in jail, as she has proven herself adept at hiding. Moe said it took about a year after Epstein was arrested to find Maxwell.
Maxwell’s lawyers asked for a bail package that would require her to be confined to house arrest and would include a $5 million bond with electronic monitoring. Prosecutors, in turn, noted her triple citizenship in America, Britain, and France, which, combined with her financial status, is sufficient cause for her to remain behind bars.
Maxwell was caught in New Hampshire on July 2 at a 156-acre residence she bought – paying entirely in cash – in December. She has been in the Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center since July 6.
Epstein faced multiple charges stemming from his sexual exploitation of many women and girls last July. In August 2019, Epstein was found dead in his jail cell – a death ruled a suicide by hanging.
2) The Trump administration today agreed to rescind a directive that barred all international college students from the U.S. unless they were taking in-person classes in the upcoming fall semester.
This is a quick reversal of policy by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that was released July 6, sparking widespread criticism. Both Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology sued within 48 hours, seeking the directive to be both reversed and declared illegal. Colleges and Universities from 17 states and the District of Columbia filed similar suits.
Today, U.S. District Court in MA under Judge Allison Burroughs announced that ICE, its parent agency, the Department of Homeland Security, and the schools had all reached an agreement in which the government agreed to walk back its controversial policy.
“The Court was informed by the parties that they have come to a resolution to the combined temporary restraining order/preliminary injunction motions. The government has agreed to rescind July 6, 2020, Policy Directive and the July 7, 2020 FAQ, and has also agreed to rescind their implementation.”
-Massachusetts Federal US District Court Docket
According to that agreement, schools will continue to follow the ICE regulations released in March that allow for flexibility regarding eligibility for student visas during the COVID pandemic.
3) Four states were added to the tri-state quarantine list today – Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Delaware was removed from the list, bringing the total number of states on the 14-day quarantine list 22. The majority of those are in the South and West.
States on the list are determined by having a positive COVID testing rate higher than 10 per 100,000 residents based on a seven-day rolling average or from any states with at least a 10 percent rate over a seven-day average.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo also announced today that all travelers coming into NY from any of those 22 states would be required to provide information about their plans in the state, as well as provide their accommodation plans. If they are found not to be where they specify or refuse to release their information, they can face a fine of up to $2,000.
The following states are those on the quarantining list, in alphabetical order:
- North Carolina
- New Mexico
- South Carolina
4) Lincoln Flansburg, Jr., 44, was arrested in Gloversville today and charged with arson and reckless endangerment for a fire that was purposely set in an abandoned Gloversville mill.
The fire raged at 27 Rose St. starting at around 9 p.m. Many departments worked together, fighting the fire throughout the night. The mill was unable to be saved, and there was damage to close buildings and vehicles.
Police talked to neighbors and bystanders as the firefighters worked on the inferno. The leads they got there led them to Flansburg Jr., and the police said that it is likely there will be additional charges against him.
5) Back in March 2019, The Common Roots Brewing Company burned down. The company then operated out of a temporary location a little away from its site.
Today, it opened its new facility located at 58 Saratoga Ave in South Glens Falls. It began at noon today for limited to-go sales. They are selling the inventory of bottles, cans, and growlers. In the upcoming weeks, they plan to add additional services like both in and outdoor seating and draft pours.
That is all for today. Stay steady, stay strong, stay safe.
Photo credit: George Fazio.