Top-ten witnesses for the DOJ at Ghislaine Maxwell trial: Five prosecutors, 5 bailiffs

Here’s a list of the top-ten witnesses for the Justice Department: 1. Three bailiffs. Attorney Mitchell Harris of the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division was the government’s star witness. The bailiffs took the stand…

Top-ten witnesses for the DOJ at Ghislaine Maxwell trial: Five prosecutors, 5 bailiffs

Here’s a list of the top-ten witnesses for the Justice Department:

1. Three bailiffs. Attorney Mitchell Harris of the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division was the government’s star witness. The bailiffs took the stand the first day of the trial but returned on Thursday to defend themselves from allegations that they encouraged an obstruction of justice charge against former Assistant U.S. Attorney, Ghislaine Maxwell. When Harris took the stand on Tuesday, the DOJ attorneys made him appear responsible for the details of the large numbers of letters the bailiffs received on the same day in November 2007.

2. Assistant United States Attorney William J. Marth. The attack that Prosecutors worked to drop charges against Ghislaine Maxwell on the eve of her trial was known in the courtroom as “black Thursday.” Now, William Marth is a government witness because he was one of the two prosecutors assigned to the case who helped drop Maxwell’s indictment on the eve of the trial.

3. Assistant United States Attorney Thomas P. Kincannon. The other prosecutor handling the case in 2007, Kincannon informed all his co-prosecutors the charge in the indictment would be dropped on the eve of the trial. Later, Kincannon will take the stand to explain how he issued that instruction.

4. Cinthia Filares Ramirez. Ramirez is an extremely experienced federal prosecutor and had been the top prosecutor in the southwestern district of Florida since 2000. She was a central figure in the prosecution of the Cuban activist, Jose Baires Lopez, who was tried and convicted in Miami in 2004. After he was sentenced to life in prison, the trial judge threw out the conviction but no investigation was conducted.

5. Assistant United States Attorney Armando Colom Jr. Colom was one of the prosecutors on the team of prosecutors who worked on the Maxwell case in Miami. It was Colom who in June 2007 got the green light to bring the case against Maxwell. There are rumors that it was Colom who initially called for that charge and it was this charge that Maxwell faced on December 6, 2007.

6. Assistant United States Attorney Ernest McFarland. McFarland, another prosecutor from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Miami, participated in the Maxwell case as a part of his job as a federal prosecutor in Miami and he worked on the case with Colom.

7. Debra Opri

8. Debra Opri: The media woman who represented Ghislaine Maxwell in December of 2007 was known as the “female arbiter” between Ghislaine Maxwell and the prosecutors who planned to drop the charge on that day. When Maxwell appeared in court, she greeted Opri and they seemed to have a very close relationship. Opri accompanied Maxwell to every meeting that Maxwell was scheduled to have.

9. Randi Criscuolo

10. Kelly Currie

The news that Ghislaine Maxwell was indicted on charges that she bribed a member of the Cuban Parliament was delayed because prosecutors wanted to delay her trial long enough to find additional information against Maxwell. That didn’t work out.

Ursula Pari is a Washington-based political analyst and former Fox News contributor who writes for WorldTribune.com

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