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Ghislaine Maxwell's siblings have already launched an appeal against her child sex trafficking conviction, claiming that she will be cleared of any wrongdoing.

'We believe firmly in our sister's innocence - we are very disappointed with the verdict. We have already started the appeal tonight and we believe that she will ultimately be vindicated,' the Maxwell siblings said in a statement.

The British socialite was found guilty of recruiting and grooming teenage girls for sexual abuse by her former lover, the late paedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein.

Maxwell, who turned 60 on Christmas Day, now faces the grim prospect of spending the rest of her life behind bars - with a maximum of 70 years in prison - unless she can overturn the conviction.   

Matthew Barhoma, a criminal appeals attorney in Los Angeles, believes Maxwell could have strong grounds to mount appeal.  

One of the women who testified that they were sexually abused was over the legal age of consent at the time of the incident.

The judge instructed the jury not to convict based on her testimony, but she was still allowed to give evidence and Mr Barhoma told Insider that it could be argued in an appeal that she improperly influenced jurors.

Mr Barhoma also said lawyers might try and persuade the appeals court that some of the evidence was 'dated or stale' because the sexual assaults happened decades ago.

His view runs counter to the consensus among legal experts who explain that appeals are standard course after conviction and - given the lengthy sentence Maxwell faces - a last resort for her, one which is unlikely to be fruitful. 

UK-based civil rights lawyer Aamer Anwar told MailOnline the appeal - which could take up to two years - 'is highly unlikely to be successful and will not be allowed to delay sentencing.' 

Ghislaine Maxwell 's siblings have already begun appealing her sex trafficking conviction. Her siblings Christine (left), Isabel and Kevin are above leaving the trial following the guilty verdict

Ghislaine Maxwell 's siblings have already begun appealing her sex trafficking conviction. Her siblings Christine (left), Isabel and Kevin are above leaving the trial following the guilty verdict

Ghislaine's trial was just the latest chapter in the roller coaster history of her family, once headed by her crooked publishing tycoon father Robert Maxwell (Kevin, Isabel and Christine seen after the guilty verdict)

Ghislaine's trial was just the latest chapter in the roller coaster history of her family, once headed by her crooked publishing tycoon father Robert Maxwell (Kevin, Isabel and Christine seen after the guilty verdict)

Lead defense attorney, Bobbi Sternheim, spoke to reporters after Maxwell was found guilty

Lead defense attorney, Bobbi Sternheim, spoke to reporters after Maxwell was found guilty 

Ghislaine's sister Isabel and brother Kevin attended court, while brother Ian repeatedly criticised her prosecution and the conditions she had endured in custody while on remand

Ghislaine's sister Isabel and brother Kevin attended court, while brother Ian repeatedly criticised her prosecution and the conditions she had endured in custody while on remand

Kevin, Christine, Isabel Maxwell, and Ian Maxwell, brothers and sisters of Ghislaine Maxwell, arrive at the court in New York on Monday

Kevin, Christine, Isabel Maxwell, and Ian Maxwell, brothers and sisters of Ghislaine Maxwell, arrive at the court in New York on Monday

Ghislaine Maxwell in June 2019 (pictured front) with her six living siblings. Ian Maxwell, her older brother, top right, shared the photo in March 2021. A month after it was taken, Jeffrey Epstein was arrested and Ghislaine went into hiding with her husband, Scott Borgerson. The siblings, L-R, are: Anne, Kevin, twins Isabel and Christine, Philip, and Ian

Ghislaine Maxwell in June 2019 (pictured front) with her six living siblings. Ian Maxwell, her older brother, top right, shared the photo in March 2021. A month after it was taken, Jeffrey Epstein was arrested and Ghislaine went into hiding with her husband, Scott Borgerson. The siblings, L-R, are: Anne, Kevin, twins Isabel and Christine, Philip, and Ian

How appeals work: Maxwell is 'highly unlikely to be successful' and will not be able to delay sentencing during the process

An appeal does not give Maxwell a re-trial but it is an opportunity for her attorney to raise any specific errors which they believe occured at trial.

It will not buy her any time before sentence and she can expect to be working on the appeal with her lawyers while locked up in federal jail. 

A common appeal is that a decision from the judge was incorrect – such as whether to suppress certain evidence or to impose a certain sentence. 

The process is complex and can take up to two years to complete. 

It can sometimes result in the case going back to the trial court.

A specific conviction may be reversed, a sentence altered, or a new trial may be ordered altogether.

Even after an appeal is decided by a circuit court judge, a defendant can try to appeal that decision to the US Supreme Court in Washington, D.C.

The highest court in the land is not required to hear every appeal and only takes a small number of cases each year. 

Outlining the process, civil rights lawyer Aamer Anwar told MailOnline: 'Maxwell would require to appeal to the federal court of appeal, if she were to lose - which is highly likely - she could then try to file a petition asking the Supreme Court leave to review the case.

'The Supreme Court, however, does not have to grant review and will only do so where there is a potential breach of an important legal principle or where there is a conflict in the lower courts appeal process.

'She has, according to the US Attorney, been convicted of one of the worst crimes imaginable and faces up to 70 years in prison and any appeal process whilst lengthy is highly unlikely to be successful and will not be allowed to delay sentencing.'

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While the judge dealt several blows to the defense - ruling, for example, that their witnesses could not testify anonymously as some of Maxwell's accusers did - legal experts said Maxwell would struggle to clear the high legal bar needed to overturn a guilty verdict.

To succeed, her lawyers would have to show that the judge violated federal rules of evidence or abused her discretion, and that the error impacted the verdict. 

Neama Rahmani, president of West Coast Trial Lawyers and a former US federal prosecutor, told Insider he doesn't believe Maxwell has any grounds to appeal but expects she will anyway.

'She's going to appeal because otherwise, she's going to die in federal prison,' Mr Rahmani said.  

New York defence attorney Bradley Simon, a former federal prosecutor, told MailOnline that appeals are a standard course of action after a trial in the US.

He anticipated that Maxwells lawyers will argue 'the publicity surrounding the case made it impossible for her to get a fair trial and that the government was attempting to try Jeffrey Epstein in absentia.'

An appeal does not give Maxwell a re-trial but it is an opportunity for her attorney to raise any specific errors which they believe occured at trial.

It will not buy her any time before sentence and she can expect to be working on the appeal with her lawyers while locked up in federal jail. 

Outlining the process, Mr Anwar told MailOnline: 'Maxwell would require to appeal to the federal court of appeal, if she were to lose - which is highly likely - she could then try to file a petition asking the Supreme Court leave to review the case.

'The Supreme Court, however, does not have to grant review and will only do so where there is a potential breach of an important legal principle or where there is a conflict in the lower courts appeal process.

'She has, according to the US Attorney, been convicted of one of the worst crimes imaginable and faces up to 70 years in prison and any appeal process whilst lengthy is highly unlikely to be successful and will not be allowed to delay sentencing.' 

On Wednesday evening after the verdict, Maxwell poured herself a glass of water and leaned into her lawyer, Jeffrey Pagliuca, who put an arm round her.

Her sister Isabel sat behind her with her head bowed, while siblings Kevin and Christine stared into space. 

Even before the jury reached its verdicts, sources close to her family said her defense team would challenge any guilty verdicts. Last night Maxwell's family wrote on Twitter that the court should have given additional instructions.

Referring to an earlier debate about one of the jury questions, they wrote: 'Request that the Court give the jury additional instructions to correct apparent errors in the jury's understanding of Counts Two and Four, and the law applicable to those counts, that were highlighted by the jury's note this afternoon.'

Earlier today, they also quote the Wall Street Journal in a tweet that read, 'Juries are also only as good as the information and guidance they receive.'

Maxwell walked out of court flanked by two security guards. She was not handcuffed or shackled on her legs.

She managed one look back and walked out with her head held down. In the elevator Maxwell's lawyer and close friend Leah Saffian appeared red eyed and distraught. 

Hours before the verdict came in the Maxwell family put out the following tweet, quoting from a two-week old opinion piece from the Wall Street Journal titled: 'The Unconstitutional Convictions You Don’t Know About.' The op-ed does not refer to the Maxwell trial

Hours before the verdict came in the Maxwell family put out the following tweet, quoting from a two-week old opinion piece from the Wall Street Journal titled: 'The Unconstitutional Convictions You Don’t Know About.' The op-ed does not refer to the Maxwell trial

Maxwell's defense team, including Jeffery Pagliuca and Laura Memminger, were seen leaving the Manhattan courthouse after the trial on Wednesday

Maxwell's defense team, including Jeffery Pagliuca and Laura Memminger, were seen leaving the Manhattan courthouse after the trial on Wednesday

Christian Everdell, of Maxwell's defense team, walked past reporters after Wednesday's verdict

Christian Everdell, of Maxwell's defense team, walked past reporters after Wednesday's verdict

Judge Nathan read out the verdict after being passed it in an envelope and asked each juror to confirm that it was correct by passing around a microphone. Each answered that yes it was - one male juror was seen rubbing his eyes and forehead.

Maxwell is expected to be placed on suicide watch in jail after jurors agreed she was Epstein's 'partner in horrific crimes'. She masterminded a sick scheme to round up schoolgirls on an industrial scale for them and their friends to molest.  

'Ghislaine Maxwell made her own choices. She committed crimes hand in hand with Jeffrey Epstein. She was a grown woman who knew exactly what she was doing,' Assistant U.S. Attorney Alison Moe said. 

Maxwell's siblings have been putting their own reputations on the line to defend her against such statements.

Ghislaine's sister Isabel and brother Kevin attended court, while brother Ian repeatedly criticized her prosecution and the conditions she had endured in custody while on remand.

They stood by her in a determined gesture of family support, despite the risk of tarnishing her own reputations by not condemning her over her relationship with Jeffrey Epstein.

However, a jury of six men and six women found her guilty on five out of six charges.

The verdict capped a monthlong trial featuring sordid accounts of the sexual exploitation of girls as young as 14, told by four women who described being abused as teens in the 1990s and early 2000s at Epstein's palatial homes in Florida, New York and New Mexico.

Jurors deliberated for five full days before finding Maxwell guilty of five of six counts. As the verdict was read, Maxwell appeared to show little reaction behind a black mask. She stood with her hands folded as the jury filed out, and glanced at her siblings as she herself was led from the courtroom, but was otherwise stoic.

She faces the likelihood of years in prison - an outcome long sought by women who spent years fighting in civil courts to hold Maxwell accountable for her role in recruiting and grooming Epstein's teenage victims and sometimes joining in the sexual abuse.

The defense had insisted Maxwell was a victim of a vindictive prosecution devised to deliver justice to women deprived of their main villain when Epstein killed himself while awaiting trial in 2019.

The legal fights involving Epstein and Maxwell are not over. 

Maxwell still awaits trial on two counts of perjury.

Robert Maxwell (back row, centre) pictured with his wife Betty (sat with youngest daughter Ghislaine on her knee) and seven of their eight children at home in Headington Hill Hall, Oxford. When this photo was taken Ian (5) was 11 years old and attending preparatory school, while Isabel, then 17 (4) was at grammar school with their sister Christine (3), and youngest son Kevin, 8, (6) was at preparatory school. Second oldest son Philip, (1), had entered his second undergraduate yer at Balliol College, Oxford, while Anne (2) was also studying at the university, but at St Hugh's College.

Lawsuits involving the abuse allegations also continue, including one in which a woman not involved in the trial, Virginia Giuffre, says she was coerced into sexual encounters with Prince Andrew when she was 17. Andrew has denied her account and that lawsuit is not expected to come to trial for many months.

Commenting ahead of the verdict, a family friend said: 'Blood is thicker than water, and that means the Maxwells stick together through thick and thin.

'Ghislaine's brothers and sisters regard her as their beloved little sister, and family loyalty has always run deep.

'It is no surprise that Isabel, Kevin and Ian have offered their support in such a public fashion.

'Obviously they had nothing to do with her relationship with Epstein, and it would have been easy to leave her to her fate – but that is not how the Maxwells operate.

'They blame Epstein for sucking her into his web, and believe her prosecution was an attempt to make an example of her because his suicide meant he could not face justice.'

Robert Maxwell with his 'favourite' daughter Ghislaine watching the Oxford vs Brighton football match in October 1984

Robert Maxwell with his 'favourite' daughter Ghislaine watching the Oxford vs Brighton football match in October 1984

Robert Maxwell pictured speaking to the press in 1990 Robert Maxwell pictured at the Football Writers' Association, also in 1990

Robert Maxwell pictured speaking to the press and at the Football Writers' Association in 1990

Ghislaine's trial was just the latest chapter in the roller coaster history of her family, once headed by her crooked publishing tycoon father Robert Maxwell.

Her father who owned the Daily Mirror died aged 68 in November 1991 after he tumbled into the Atlantic from his luxury yacht Lady Ghislaine – named after his youngest daughter.

His family were left to pick up the pieces of his shattered business empire after it emerged that he had embezzled hundreds of millions of pounds from his employee pension funds.

Ghislaine and her six surviving siblings had to live in the shadow cast by the legacy of his death which is still regarded as a mystery today.

Kevin, 62, became the UK's biggest ever bankrupt when a £407 million ($549 million in U.S. dollars) bankruptcy order was made against him in 1992 due to his role in his bullying father's business.

Isabel described how she dealt with challenges in life in an interview in 2006, saying: 'I have learned not to run away from bad times.

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Ghislaine Maxwells siblings have ALREADY started appealing her sex trafficking conviction

Source:Daily Mail

Ghislaine Maxwells siblings have ALREADY started appealing her sex trafficking conviction