Jeffrey Epstein arrested...finally
BREAKING NEWS from Miami Herald: Jeffrey Epstein was arrested by the FBI in New York Saturday night on sex trafficking charges. Remains in custody pending bail hearing Monday. https://t.co/jxzvgVACih
— julie k. brown (@jkbjournalist) July 7, 2019
This is long overdue, but maybe the women who were sexually abused by Epstein and many men and women will finally see some justice. Epstein was arrested in 2006 and after making a plea deal with federal prosecutors he was sentenced to 18 months in a sweetheart deal and only served 13 months. He was also allowed to leave prison 6 days a week to go to work. How did he manage such a deal? He gave up two Bear Stearns executives.
The girls who were abused by Jeffrey Epstein and the cops who championed their cause remain angry over what they regard as a gross injustice, while Epstein's employees and those who engineered his non-prosecution agreement have prospered. By
More than a decade after receiving one of the most lenient sentences for a serial sex offender in U.S history, multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein has been arrested outside of New York, sources confirmed to the Miami Herald Saturday night.
Epstein was arrested at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey, according to one of the sources. Flight records show he had just flown to Teterboro from Paris on Saturday.
Around 5:30 p.m. Saturday, about a dozen federal agents broke down the door to Epstein’s Manhattan townhouse to execute search warrants, witnesses and sources said.
“We heard the loud banging and we walked over and saw all these FBI agents just pounding down the door,” a witness told the Herald.
Epstein, 66, is expected to be arraigned in federal court in New York on Monday on charges that he molested dozens of underage girls in New York and in Florida, the sources said. His arrest, first reported by the Daily Beast, comes nearly two weeks after the Justice Department announced that it would not throw out his 2008 non-prosecution agreement, even though a federal judge ruled it was illegal.
Rumors had been circulating for months that Epstein was under investigation on sex charges in the Southern District of New York. It’s not clear what instances those investigations involved, and the Herald had not been able to confirm the status of the New York probe.
Sources said he was arrested by the FBI pursuant to a sealed indictment that will be unsealed on Monday. He is in custody in New York and a bail hearing is set for Monday.
“That bail hearing will be critical because if they grant him bail, he has enough money that he will disappear and they will never get him,’’ a source in New York told the Herald.
Last November, the Miami Herald published a series of stories, titled Perversion of Justice, that described the ways in which the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Alexander Acosta, worked in conjunction with Epstein’s lawyers to engineer the non-prosecution agreement — and keep it secret from Epstein’s victims, so they could not object. Acosta is now President Donald Trump’s secretary of labor.
Sources told the Herald that the indictment includes new victims and witnesses who spoke to authorities in New York over the past several months.
A Miami Herald investigation into Palm Beach hedge fund manager Jeffrey Epstein's sexual pyramid scheme targeting underage girls– and why he's a free man today.
I read the Miami Herald story when it came out and was appalled by the deal that the federal lawyers made with Epstein's attorneys. It looked like his attorneys were in charge of the deal not the federal prosecutors. If the rumors were true and people like Bill and Hillary Clinton were involved with him then I can understand why he got such a sweet deal. The Miami Herald wrote that Bill would ditch his secret service and fly to Epstein's island where there would be sex parties. Prince Andrew was said to have been involved with Epstein as well as Donald Trump and other people in government and lots of other well known people.
From the link to the article about the Bear Stearns executives:
Emails also show then-Miami US Attorney Alexander Acosta — who is now President Trump’s secretary of labor — and the lead prosecutor in the case agreeing to help Epstein’s high-powered defense lawyers try to contain the scandal sparked by his 2006 arrest in Palm Beach, according to the Herald.
“On an ‘avoid the press’ note…I can file the charge in district court in Miami which will hopefully cut the press coverage significantly. Do you want to check that out?” Assistant US Attorney Marie Villafana wrote in September 2007 to defense lawyer Jay Lefkowitz, a former colleague of Acosta’s at the Kirkland & Ellis law firm.
Once the pact was struck, Epstein — who’s hosted former President Bill Clinton, British Prince Andrew and others at his own private Caribbean Island — pleaded guilty to two felony prostitution charges in state court, even though the feds identified 36 underage girls who accused Epstein, then a powerful pal of Clinton and Prince Andrew, of sexually abusing them in his Palm Beach mansion between 2001 and 2005, the Herald said.
Although he said he couldn’t “discuss the details of the case,” Acosta said the decision not to file federal charges “was a broadly held decision” in his office.
“As part of any plea, it is not unusual to have an indictment that says these are all the places we can go, yet at the end of the day, based on the evidence, professionals within a prosecutor’s office decide that a plea that guarantees that someone goes to jail, that guarantees that someone register [as a sex offender] generally, and that guarantees other outcomes is a good thing,” he said.
Why did the US attorney go out of her way to keep the press from finding out about the plea deal? Could it have been because she was protecting someone important? I believe that was exactly why she did that.
Statutory rape usually comes with years long sentences not months long with the stipulation that people are free to leave prison so they could go to work or anywhere else. One Sunday a cop saw Epstein outside the prison and asked him where he was going. "Just for a walk."
Let's hope that the other people who were involved with this horrible saga are also brought to justice. This includes the woman who targeted the girls and everyone else who went to Epstein's parties no matter who they are.