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Ghislaine Maxwell moved to ‘Disneyland’ of prisons



Disgraced socialite, Ghislaine Maxwell has been moved to a low security prison

Described by some as the ‘Disneyland’ of jails, the prison Ghislaine Maxwell was moved to is a far cry from the outcome prosecutors were initially hoping for.

The Federal Correctional Institution in Tallahassee, Florida opened in 1938 and houses women only.


Maxwell was found guilty on five of the six charges against her including the most serious of sex trafficking a minor.

So how did she escape a life sentence and what’s next for Jeffery Epstein’s former right hand gal?

When Maxwell was walked into court sporting prison scrubs and shackles many thought it was likely she would “rot in hell” behind the bars of a prison cell for the rest of her life.

But as it stands, the 60-year-old could walk free in 18 years, having already served two.

It follows Maxwell’s defence securing a major win just before the sentence was announced.

What sentence deal did Maxwell’s defence secure?

The defence successfully reduced the court’s sentencing guideline range down to between 15 and 19.5 years.

Prosectors had asked for up to 55 years, which they say she deserved due to her quote “utter lack of remorse”. This was rejected.

In 2004, sentencing guidelines were increased dramatically to a maximum of 65 years, but in 2003 the limit was still just over 19.5 years.

The date of the indictment against Maxwell? Between 1994 and 2004.

In their push for leniency, Maxwell’s lawyers argued the former socialite’s jail conditions were harrowing.

They described an incident where another inmate threatened to kill her.

This inmate claimed an additional 20 years’ incarceration would be “worth the money” she’d receive for carrying out the murder.

But while Maxwell may be heading to a more comfortable facility, it’s still not freedom.

When she finally is released she will be nearing the end of her life, aged 78.

William is an Executive News Producer at TICKER NEWS, responsible for the production and direction of news bulletins. William is also the presenter of the hourly Weather + Climate segment. With qualifications in Journalism and Law (LLB), William previously worked at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) before moving to TICKER NEWS. He was also an intern at the Seven Network's 'Sunrise'. A creative-minded individual, William has a passion for broadcast journalism and reporting on global politics and international affairs.

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Pink-coloured pigeon rescued in New York



Pigeons come in a whole range of colours, but it seems pink isn’t one of them

That’s exactly what happened in New York though, where a bright-coloured bird was rescued.

Wildlife groups believe the pigeon was dyed as part of a gender reveal ceremony.

The feathery friend was suffering from malnutrition when it was found in Madison Square Park.

In a statement, the Wild Bird Fund says they should never be dyed because of risks like starvation and even death.

It went on to say the “poor bird has it bad enough unable to find food in the wild, fly well or escape predators.”

“But being a bright, unusual colour makes him even more of a target.”

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Iranian couple jailed for online dancing video



An Iranian couple have been given jail sentences totalling 10 years after posting a video online.

The two individuals, both in their 20s, were charged for supposedly promoting corruption, prostitution and propaganda.

Authorities have been cracking down on public disobedience.

It follows the death of a woman who was detained by the country’s infamous morality police.

Mahsa Amini died in police custody in September last year, arrested for violating the rule requiring women to cover their hair with a hijab, or headscarf.

Anti-government protests swept across the country after the incident.

The two individuals in the dancing video were reportedly detained after posting the clip to their social media accounts – which have a combined following of more than two million people.

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Donald Trump claims deposition as “biggest witch hunt”



Donald Trump has described the investigation into his company as the “biggest witch hunt” in the history of the United States during a formal deposition.

In September 2022, the New York Attorney General Letitia James, announced she would be looking into the Trump organisation’s business practices.

James alleges the former president “falsely inflated his net worth by billions of dollars to unjustly enrich himself and cheat the system”.

The lawsuit also takes aim at some of Trump’s children, and executives of his business.

During the deposition tape, Trump can be seen reading a lengthy statement.

During this, the former president asserts his constitutional right to not answer questions, while accusing James of investigating him out of political spite.

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