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Maxwell Judge Warns Omicron Surge Could Result in a Mistrial

  • Jurors falling ill could mean they fail to reach a verdict
  • The judge is pushing jury to keep deliberating to avoid that
In this courtroom sketch, Ghislaine Maxwell, left, pulls down her mask to talk to one of her lawyers, Jeffrey Pagliuca, during Maxwell's sex trafficking trial, in New York, on Dec. 27.

In this courtroom sketch, Ghislaine Maxwell, left, pulls down her mask to talk to one of her lawyers, Jeffrey Pagliuca, during Maxwell's sex trafficking trial, in New York, on Dec. 27.

Photographer: Elizabeth Williams/AP Photo
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The judge presiding over Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex-trafficking trial warned that the “astronomical spike” in Covid cases driven by the omicron variant could lead to a mistrial.

U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan told lawyers on Tuesday afternoon that she was considering having jurors deliberate through the holiday weekend if they failed to reach a verdict by New Year’s Eve. Earlier in the day, she asked jurors to be prepared to stay until 6 p.m. instead of 5 p.m.