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Ghislaine Maxwell juror to take Fifth

Ghislaine Maxwell listens as Lisa Rocchio sits in the witness box as she is questioned by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lara Pomerantz during a hearing to discuss which expert witnesses will be able to testify at Maxwell’s upcoming sex crimes trial in New York, U.S., in this courtroom sketch on November 10, 2021.Jane Rosenberg | ReutersCNBC PoliticsRead more of CNBC’s politics coverage:Nathan has set a hearing Tuesday to question the juror under oath.But in a letter to Nathan disclosed Wednesday, Juror 50’s lawyer, Todd Spodek, wrote, “I write to inform the Court that Juror 50 will invoke his Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination at the hearing.”Prosecutors in their own letter to the judge countered: “The Government writes to notify the Court that it is in the process of seeking internal approval to seek an order, pursuant to [federal law] compelling Juror 50’s testimony at the hearing.””The Government will, subject to internal approval, submit a proposed order to the Court in advance of the hearing,” prosecutors wrote.If Nathan issues that order, prosecutors would be barred from using the man’s compelled testimony as evidence to charge him with making a false statement on the questionnaire.

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