Ken Starr on Epstein's death
“We know this is just abominable,” said Starr to Faulkner about Epstein’s passing. “He should be alive, unless he took his own life. And what we do know is that the protocol was so badly [handled] — but I have great confidence in Bill Barr that the attorney general of the United States will get to the bottom of this. Was it a hom[icide] — not saying it was, but was it a homicide? That’s a real possibility.”
Starr explained in the interview that he first met Epstein back in 2007, “when my former law firm was brought in as part of the defense team to address the legal issues in Florida when he pled guilty.”
Epstein pled guilty, said Starr, “to serious offenses and entered into a global resolution of all of these claims and allegations — which again are serious allegations. My role, Harris, was to say to the federal government, this is a state case. It’s a serious state case, but the state of Florida [and] the Palm Beach County state’s attorney’s office is on the case. It’s investigating the case. And so let’s resolve this as a state case rather than a federal case.”
Harris asked him whether “global resolution” was enough for such serious allegations about convicted pedophile and sex offender Epstein.
“Oh, it’s just ridiculous,” replied Starr. “Go back and read in my judgment. Go back and read the non-prosecution agreement. He had to do things such as register as a sex offender, spend time in jail … So it was a very creative non-prosecution agreement, but it resolved all these issues. And I just want to say one thing about Jeffrey’s death: We’re getting more questions than we are answers.”
Epstein was required to register as a sex offender, but at the lowest level so that he didn't have to register as one in 31 states. And he only had to sleep at the prison and spend one day there being allowed outside his cell and watching TV. Yes, Ken it is just ridiculous.
Starr was asked if it was usual for sex offenders to get special treatment like being allowed to leave prison 6 days a week for 12 hours a day.
“It was consistent,” said Starr. “It’s my understanding, Harris, that it was totally consistent with the practice at that time in Palm Beach County, and it may still be the [practice]. He got no sweetheart deal — to the contrary. I know that’s the conventional wisdom, but it was no sweetheart deal. Moreover, here’s what was really tough. And ironically, Alex Acosta, the former secretary of Labor — who was the United States attorney at the time — was insistent that there was a federal interest, even though all the evidence was everything that happened, happened in Palm Beach County.”
Sure, Ken. Epstein's island just happened to be located in Palm Beach County Florida. Except that it isn't.
Ken was asked about what happens next. Do Epstein's victims have any recourse to go after the conspirators who were most probably known at the time of the original plea deal.
“It was a global resolution,” said Starr. “This case is over as long as Jeffrey abides by the terms of it. And I don’t know of any suggestion that he did not not. I’m not his lawyer, not the lawyer for the [estate] … I just don’t know. I hope that the federal government will simply recognize that it entered into a deal. It was approved by the justice department at very high levels, [by] the deputy attorney general’s office.”
“A deal is a deal,” he added. “The victims have a number of opportunities available to them, as I understand it, and there were opportunities made available under the non-prosecution agreement.”
A global resolution for something that only happened in one count in Florida. Hmm.. After Epstein was arrested his house was searched and lots of videos and photos were found. Why haven't we heard anything about what they found? That's right. There have been no press conferences with anyone involved with this abominable situation.
“I do not understand how anyone can explain not having [Epstein] under 24-hour surveillance or not checking the camera constantly,” Giuliani also said. “That leads to all the speculation that we all are upset about.”
He noted that in terms of being on suicide watch or not, “You’re on suicide watch for as long as you have the conditions that indicate you might commit suicide. The conditions yesterday or the day before were no different on the day that he attempted suicide,” he added. “Meaning, he was in prison, he was looking at life in prison, he was looking at going from this prison to probably even more rigid conditions of confinement. A tough guy to go to a prison, right? You send this guy into a prison population, they’re going to — you know what’s going to happen to him, right?”