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Accused of being a sexual abuser, Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in his jail cell, with the apparent death by suicide. Epstein faces up to 45 years in prison if convicted; Bryan Llenas reports.
Jeffrey Epstein’s attorney and the fault of the media, the government and the courts for his client’s apparent suicide in his Manhattan jail cell on Saturday.
Marc Fernich, for one of the multi-millionaire’s attorneys, said in a statement to Fox News that he was “shocked” at Epstein’s death, and that “there is a lot of blame to go around for this unimaginable tragedy.”
Epstein, 66, was found not to be unresponsive in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City at around 6:30 a.m., officials said. He was transported to New York Presbyterian-Lower Manhattan Hospital and was dead on arrival.
Multiple reports are claiming that he hanged himself. An autopsy is pending.
JEFFREY EPSTEIN’S DEATH FROM AN APPARENT SUICIDE IN A MANHATTAN JAIL CELL, AND FBI INVESTIGATIONS
Attorney General William Barr said he was “shocked” to learn of the death, and ordered the Inspector General to open an investigation. The FBI is also conducting an inquiry.
Fernich said, “overzealous prosecutors,” “pandering politicians” “according to the judges, as well as a hysterical press and the diplomatic corps were in all the fault of Epstein’s death, while he was on probation for a sex-trafficking charges.
“A breathless crowd of reporters to dig up each and every corner of Mr. Epstein’s life is to pile it on, tear it off and put it on its lowest, while it is still innocent, before he had his day in court,” he said. “These parties appear to bear some responsibility for this disaster. All of them seem to share Mr. Epstein’s blood on their hands. All of it should be ashamed of their behavior.”
JEFFREY EPSTEIN’S DEATH: TIMELINE OF SEX ABUSE ACCUSATIONS, AND OTHER RELATED LEGAL ISSUES
Epstein was first arrested last month over the alleged abuse of dozens of young girls in his town house on the Upper East Side and waterfront mansion in Palm Beach, Fla., from 2002 to 2005.
At the time of Epstein’s arrest, the public prosecutor’s office said that, they are a treasure trove of photographs of nude and seminude young women and girls, at $77 million Manhattan town house. They say more victims have come forward since the arrest.
He Had pleaded not guilty, and were up to 45 years in prison if convicted.
Thousands and thousands of documents were unsealed Friday in connection with a defamation case against the alleged recruiter, Ghislaine Maxwell, which turned out dozens of high-profile names, including former Maine Sen. George Mitchell, the former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, and Prince Andrew, Duke of York.
Epstein’s death comes two weeks after a 66-year-old was placed on a suicide watch after he was found nearly unconscious in his cell with wounds to the back of his neck. At the time, it was not clear whether the wounds were self-inflicted or an attack.
He had been taken off suicide watch before he was killed, a person familiar with the matter told the AP. It was not immediately clear when he was taken off suicide watch.
Epstein’s death is most likely to be questions about how the Bureau of Prisons to care for the well-being of the high-profile inmates.
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Below is a Fernish’s full statement:
“I am speaking as an outraged citizen and a lawyer, not as a representative of Jeffrey Epstein’s defense team.
There seems to be a lot of blame to go around for this unimaginable tragedy.
Over-zealous prosecutors bent over the lock of a presumptively innocent man, who is not a danger or a flight risk.
Have to admit the politicians who wrote a letter to the restrictive bail laws, which will enable them to do so.
According to the judges, who let them in to pay lip service to the presumption of innocence.
The security guards, who seem to have a rash to put to Mr. Epstein, in harm’s way, heedlessly putting his life in danger and not to protect it.
A hysterical members of the press to shout, to charge Mr. Epstein: different crimes for which he had already paid his debt to society, under an arm’s-length’ plea deal because he had the bad luck to be a rich man, and he is in the #metoo period of time in which the former prosecutor-general has done is to take a job as President Good.
Greedy plaintiff’s lawyers, who on the initiative and used the media frenzy to line their own pockets.
A breathless crowd of reporters to dig up each and every corner of Mr. Epstein’s life is to pile it on, tear it off and put it on its lowest, while it is still innocent, before he had his day in court.
All of these players appear to be carrying any of the responsibility for this disaster. All of them seem to share Mr. Epstein’s blood on their hands. All of it should be ashamed of their behavior.
I am calling for a full investigation into the circumstances of Mr Epstein’s death. The public needs to know exactly what happened and why, and how the guards could take action.”
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Fox News’ Martha, Dhanis, and Bryan Llenas contributed to this report.