by Dave Paone
In an effort to protect the anonymity of the alleged victims in the Ghislaine Maxwell sex trafficking trial, Judge Alison Nathan instructed the lawyers and witnesses to refer to them either solely by their first names or a made-up one.
Earlier this week, one such witness was “Jane,” and any evidence with her actual name on it was submitted under seal. The public was not told her name.
That all changed on Friday, when defense attorney Jeffery Pagliuca accidentally said a woman’s first name when referring to Jane.
Pagliuca caught his faux pas immediately but the damage had been done.
“You are admonished to abide by my rules,” Nathan said to Pagliuca, and then she called a sidebar.
Pagliuca had stated just moments before that her name had been blacked out on the documents from which he was reading….