Ghislaine Maxwell judge will finish trial despite possible promotion

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Nathan claimed in court that she will "continue to do my day job" regardless of the promotion.

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The Manhattan federal court judge presiding over the Ghislaine Maxwell sex trafficking trial will finish the case — even though she may be promoted to a position on a federal appeals court, she said Wednesday.

“I will continue to do my day job, which includes presiding over this trial until completion,” Judge Alison Nathan said in court Wednesday morning after reports of her possible promotion to the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals were published.

She added that she was “honored” at the possibility to serve on the appeals court.

In a statement Tuesday, New York Sen. Chuck Schumer said he would recommend Nathan to the appeals court job, calling her an “outstanding” jurist.

Nathan claimed in court that she will “continue to do my day job” regardless of the promotion.
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“Ali Nathan is an outstanding judge for the Southern District of New York and her experience, legal brilliance, love of the rule of law and perspective would be invaluable in ensuring the federal judiciary fulfills its obligation to ensure equal justice for all,” Schumer said in a statement.

Sen. Chuck Schumer is going to recommend the "outstanding" Nathan for the appeals court.
Sen. Chuck Schumer is going to recommend the “outstanding” Nathan for the appeals court.
U.S. District Court for the SDNY

“Ms. Nathan is already an accomplished and widely respected judge in the Southern District of New York and would bring a passion for the rule of law and justice to her post on the Second Circuit, as well as profound integrity, compassion and expertise,” he added.

If appointed by President Biden, Nathan would be the second openly gay woman to serve as a federal appellate judge, Schumer said.

Nathan has been quizzing potential jurors for the Maxwell trial about their ability to remain impartial in the high-profile case since Tuesday morning.

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She’ll continue the jury selection process until prosecutors and defense attorneys agree on a dozen panelists and six alternates.

Maxwell is accused in a six-count indictment of procuring underage girls for muli-millionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse from 1994 to 2004.

She’s pleaded not guilty.

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