HUNTER: Will convicted sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell finally name names?

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Somewhere in her black heart sex trafficking socialite Ghislaine Maxwell probably still believes she’s going to skate.

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Maxwell, 60, was convicted late Wednesday on five of six counts of sex trafficking in connection with the sickening machinations of longtime paramour and pedophile par excellence Jeffrey Epstein.

As the verdict was read, she sat stone-faced in a Manhattan courtroom like the block of ice she is, plotting her next move.

The British publishing heiress no doubt was stunned, possibly paraphrasing Queen of Mean Leona Helmsley’s line that jail “was for little people.” She even used her “imperious” manner on Judge Alison Nathan when she said “the prosecution has not proven their case.”

Give her a B+ for balls.

For certain, she will appeal the conviction for whatever flimsy reasons her legal eagles can conjure up.

But she is looking at spending the rest of her life in a U.S. federal prison. The former belle of the ball would be in her 90s when she’s sprung.

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An undated photo shows Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell. The photo was entered into evidence by the U.S. Attorney’s Office on Dec. 7, 2021 during the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell, the Jeffrey Epstein associate accused of sex trafficking, in New York City.
An undated photo shows Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell. The photo was entered into evidence by the U.S. Attorney’s Office on Dec. 7, 2021 during the trial of Ghislaine Maxwell, the Jeffrey Epstein associate accused of sex trafficking, in New York City. Photo by Courtesy of U.S. Attorney’s Office /VIA REUTERS

Toronto criminal lawyer Monte MacGregor predicts Epstein’s longtime muse and madam is likely to get “hammered” when she’s sentenced at a future date.

And legal experts have predicted any appeal is certain to crash and burn.

“Importantly they (the jury) found her guilty of sex trafficking a minor (he actual act) as opposed to merely the conspiracy (an agreement to engage in an unlawful act),” MacGregor said. “So they believed she was an active participant in an unlawful act that occurred, not just a plan to do so.”

What’s a girl to do?

For starters, Maxwell knew Epstein’s web of secrets, the vile apparatus that kept him and his mega-wealthy pals supplied with underage flesh for defilement. She knows names, dates, times, and sexual preferences (young girls) of the mouldy upper crust of society and business.

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While there are elite names like Gates, Clinton and Trump on Maxwell’s roster of pals, no one has suggested any wrongdoing by any of them.

No, the next target is almost certain to be a chunky, sweaty, immature member of the British Royal Family.

Who? Me? Britain’s Prince Andrew speaks to the media during Sunday service at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Windsor Great Park, Britain following the death of his father Prince Philip at age 99, April 11, 2021.
Who? Me? Britain’s Prince Andrew speaks to the media during Sunday service at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Windsor Great Park, Britain following the death of his father Prince Philip at age 99, April 11, 2021. Photo by POOL /REUTERS

Prince Andrew has been accused of having sex with one of the girls allegedly recruited by Epstein’s madam on several occasions when she was underage. He has denied all wrongdoing, in fact, doesn’t even remember Virginia Roberts.

Now, she is suing the royal for mega-bucks. And there is THAT picture of a clearly underage Roberts, Andrew and a grinning Maxwell at her posh London townhouse.

The prince, of course, was a grand pal of Epstein and stayed buddy buddy even after the fiendish financier was convicted of soliciting an underage prostitute in Florida. Of course, part of the friendship was Epstein bailing out the prince and his ex-wife, Sarah Ferguson.

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Andrew makes for a tasty target — and his lawyers know it.

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According to Maxwell’s father’s one-time newspaper, the Daily Mirror , the royal’s legal team are engaged in emergency discussions trying to determine what the guilty verdict means for the Duke. The burden of proof in civil actions is lower than in criminal matters. Whoops.

“Andrew’s lawyers have convinced him that if he is to stand any chance of preventing her case from going to court, they need to fight with fire and that nothing should be off-limits,” a legal source told the Mirror .

That won’t matter much if Ghislaine Maxwell drops a dime on the Duke of York. That decision will become easier as time goes by in that tiny cell.

It’s her only way out.

bhunter@postmedia.com

@HunterTOSun

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