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Maxwell judge asks jurors to meet daily to avoid mistrial amid COVID-19 surge

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By Luc Cohen NEW YORK (Reuters) -The judge in British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell’s sex abuse trial on Tuesday asked jurors to meet every day this week, saying a change to the schedule could help avoid a mistrial caused by the rapid spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant. U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan said a positive COVID-19 case among jurors would “(put) at risk our ability to complete this trial.” Maxwell, 60, is accused of recruiting and grooming four teenage girls to have sexual encounters with the late financier Jeffrey Epstein between 1994 and 2004. The trial had been scheduled to b…

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