Politico reports that two anonymous individuals have objected to the unsealing of court documents in a case connected to Jeffrey Epstein. The deadline for objecting to the release of documents in a case brought by Virginia Roberts Giuffre against Epstein’s right-hand-woman Ghislaine Maxwell was Tuesday. The two anonymous individuals filed the complaints on the last day.
Both people filed their complaints in the New York-based 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, which is overseeing the case. The two people said they could face unwarranted speculation and embarrassment if the court makes public records from the suit, in which Virginia Giuffre, an alleged Epstein victim, accused longtime Epstein friend Ghislaine Maxwell of engaging in sex trafficking by facilitating his sexual encounters with teenage girls. Maxwell has denied the charges.
“Wholesale unsealing of the Summary Judgment Materials will almost certainly disclose unadjudicated allegations against third persons — allegations that may be the product of false statements or, perhaps, simply mistake, confusion, or failing memories of events alleged to have occurred over a decade and half ago,” former federal prosecutor Nick Lewin wrote in an amicus brief filed Tuesday…
“If the identities of non-parties are not adequately protected, the release of the Summary Judgment Materials in this case would likely cause severe and irreparable harm to a wide variety of non-parties, including those implicated in the conduct and those potentially victimized by it,” the brief says.
The brief itself claims the person filing is not a party to anything in the lawsuit or connected to either side of the lawsuit. The person bringing the complaint (who is going by John Doe) doesn’t even know what’s in the documents under seal but, at a minimum, wants the records redacted to protect identities:
Amicus, thus, admittedly lacks any specific knowledge of the contents of the sealed Summary Judgment Materials. But the record below is clear that the contents pertain to, and otherwise directly implicate, the privacy and reputational interests of persons other than the two primary parties, Giuffre and Maxwell, and Respondent Epstein. As described by the District Court’s own summary of the allegations and filings under seal, the Summary Judgment Materials pertain to numerous non-parties on matters of private interest…
Nevertheless, whether or not this Court remands this matter, the Summary Judgment Materials must not be released without proper redactions – at a minimum, redactions protecting the privacy interests of non-parties.
That’s one complaint. The other was brought by a Jane Doe who asked that even the complaint itself be kept under seal. So we don’t know what that one says, but the attorney who filed it says her client is “objecting to public disclosure of specific content.”
The underlying case was filed by Virginia Roberts Giuffre who claims she became Epstein’s sex slave and was loaned out by him to other men. The case was brought against Ghislaine Maxwell who allegedly brought Epstein young girls for sensual massages. The case was settled in 2017.
The Miami Herald and 32 other media organizations are pressing for the unsealing of the documents on the grounds that they could include evidence of sex-trafficking. Earlier this month a federal judge set March 19th as the deadline for objecting to his plan to unseal documents in the case. Attorney Alan Dershowitz has also argued for the release of the documents on the grounds that they will clear his name. Giuffre has previously alleged that she was asked to have sex with Dershowitz and others at Epstein’s behest.