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The Docket: Ghislaine Maxwell’s defense rests

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This week on The Docket: A high-powered attorney represents a Florida teen accused of planning a school shooting, a Florida man gets hard prison time for assaulting an iguana, and will Ghislaine Maxwell take the stand in her own defense?

Update: Late Friday Ghislaine Maxwell informed the judge that she would not take the stand and testify in her own defense because she was confident prosecutors hadn’t proved their case.

Closing arguments are now set for Monday in the trial, in which Maxwell is accused of helping the wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse four teenage girls.

The defense rested its case after a tight two days of presenting witnesses who attested to Maxwell’s character or said they hadn’t witnessed any wrongdoing.

U.S. District Judge Alison J. Nathan asked Maxwell, 59, to stand up, and explained she had the right to testify, if she wished.

“Your Honor, the government has not proven its case beyond a reasonable doubt so there is no reason for me to testify,” Maxwell responded. As she spoke, her lawyer, Bobbi Sternheim, stood at her side, her arm wrapped around her lower back.

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The prosecution already entered the green massage table and sex toys used at Epstein’s Palm Beach home during the alleged assaults with underaged girls into evidence.

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A massage table is displayed in court during the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell, the Jeffrey Epstein associate accused of sex trafficking, in a courtroom sketch in New York City, US, December 3, 2021. REUTERS/Jane Rosenberg TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

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