Ghislaine Maxwell judge rejects latest plea for delayed release of docs as her lawyers claim to have 'critical new info'

A GHISLAINE Maxwell judge rejected the latest plea for the delayed release of documents as her lawyers claimed to have "critical new information."

In a two-page order on Wednesday, US District Judge Loretta Preska said she had no reasonable basis to order a delay because a protective order in the criminal case meant the new information could not be disclosed.

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Lawyers for Maxwell did not immediately respond to Reuters' request for comment.

The documents come from a long-settled civil defamation case against Maxwell by Virginia Giuffre, who said Epstein kept her as a "sex slave" with Maxwell’s help.

Maxwell has asked the federal appeals court in Manhattan to block the release from that case of a 2016 deposition about her sex life, also citing the threat to a fair trial.

That court is scheduled to hear oral arguments on September 22. Maxwell's criminal trial is scheduled for next July.

US prosecutors are expected by Thursday to respond to a separate request by Maxwell's lawyers that she be moved into the general population at the Brooklyn jail where she is being held.

The lawyers said Maxwell has been subjected to "uniquely onerous" conditions, including 24-hour surveillance and numerous body scans, and should be treated like other pretrial detainees.

Epstein was found hanged last August in a Manhattan jail while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges, two-and-a-half weeks after an apparent unsuccessful suicide attempt.

Maxwell's lawyers called her treatment in jail "a reaction" to Epstein's jailing and death.

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