The prosecution rested its case earlier than expected against Ghislaine Maxwell, the former companion of the disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein. The evidence against her may prove heavy enough to convict her of sex-trafficking offenses, but it has done little to dispel the intrigue surrounding Epstein and his powerful friends, Andrew Rice (Uganda, 2002-04) writes in a New York Magazine panel discussion with six experts.

“Maxwell’s trial has done little to clear up the bewildering nature of her relationship with Epstein,” he writes. “While we wait for that verdict, though, New York has decided to convene its own jury of sorts, made up of half-dozen people who know Epstein’s life inside and out. Our expert panel is here to chew over, debate, and maybe even answer the Big Questions.”


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Photo: A sign reading “(((EPSTEIN))) DID NOT ACT ALONE! INVESTIGATE #PIZZAGATE!!!” The triple parentheses around Epstein’s name are an antisemitic symbol identifying Epstein as Jewish, August 15, 2019 (Marc Nozell, Wikimedia Commons)