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Prosecutors broke the law by not informing the victims of Jeffrey Epstein’s plea, judge rules

Convicted sex-offender Jeffrey Epstein and labor Secretary Alex Acosta
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A Federal judge in Florida ruled on Thursday that the state’s lawyers-including the current Secretary of labor Alex Acosta — violated Federal law, if you reached a plea agreement in 2007, financier and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, and not informed of his dozens of victims.

In a 33-page ruling, U.S. district judge Kenneth Marra wrote that the Prosecutor’s office in the Southern district of Florida “misleading” Epstein’s victims after the trial, the plea agreement, by believing them “to be” patient “while the investigation continues” and leads to “that the Federal prosecution is still a possibility.” However, Marra stopped short of invalidating the agreements, but asked prosecutors and victims ‘ lawyers recommend in 15 days, as you move forward.

The judge wrote that evidence showed that Epstein “sexually abused, more than 30 minor girls” between 1999 and 2007, “in his Villa in Palm Beach, Florida, and elsewhere in the United States and overseas.” Epstein, Marra added, “used paid employees to find and bring the little girl to him, [and] worked in conjunction with other to receive, minors, not only for his own sexual gratification, but also for the sexual gratification of the other.”

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Marra cited a letter to Acosta, the U.S. attorney in Miami, one of Epstein’s attorney Jay Lefkowitz of the following October, 2007 Breakfast meeting, in which Lefkowitz wrote: “… I would like to thank you for the commitment you me during our 12. October General meeting, in the you . . . You assured me that your office would be . . . Contact you identified one of the individuals, potential witnesses, or possible civil plaintiff and their respective counsel in this matter.”

Marra judgment quoted a statement from Marie Villafaña, then, as now, a U.S. attorney for the Southern district of Florida, that “[f]rom the time began, the FBI, the investigation of Epstein in the September 24, 2007—if the [agreement] was closed—the office will never be transferred, with the victims about [a contract], or tells the victim that such an agreement was under consideration.”

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Two of Epstein’s victims, identified only as Jane Doe 1 and Jane Doe 2, lawsuit against prosecutors in 2008, shortly after they were informed of the Federal plea deal and about a year after the agreement was concluded. In January of this year, the judge noted, Jane Doe 1, Jane Doe 2 and the other victims received letters from the FBI to inform you that her case “is being investigated.” Jane Doe 1 met with FBI agents and an unidentified U.S. attorney, where you “additional details of Epstein’s sexual abuse of her.

“The AUSA is not Jane Doe 1 revealed that at this meeting, that you already negotiated – [non prosecution agreement] with Epstein,” Marra wrote.

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Today’s order provides for a long-overdue honor rescue for all the victims of Mr. Epstein and his co-conspirators, the” victim ” – lawyer, Brad Edwards, said in a statement. “Unfortunately, this decision also underscores the failure of the government of the United States to recognize the conduct of its obvious failure. Instead of “correcting” the work of the injustices that happen to the victims, the government has spent 10 years in the defense of their own improper conduct. It’s time to work for the government, to keep up with the parties concerned and not against you, all who have committed these crimes held accountable. Hopefully, the victim will eventually be the strong and direct apology you deserve for the blatant depravation of their rights under the Crime Victim’s Rights Act.”

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Sen Ben Sasse, R-Neb., the Chairman of the Senate judiciary Oversight Subcommittee, said in a statement that he was “relieved” the decision of the judge.

“Jeffrey Epstein is said to be a monster and his victims deserve justice,” Sasse. “… The fact that it’s taken a long time to get so far is heartbreaking and infuriating. The judiciary should use this opportunity to open them again, and his non-prosecution agreement, so that Epstein and other people abused, dragged these kids accountable.”

In addition to his Palm Beach mansion, Epstein, now 66, allegedly his sex ring operated at a stay in New York City and his private island estate on the 72-acre Virgin Islands home, known as “Orgy island.”. Court documents by Fox News in 2016, the former President Bill Clinton took part in a minimum of 26 trips to fly aboard Epstein’s private jet, known as the “Lolita Express,” and apparently ditched his secret service detail on some of the trips.

Epstein and President of the Trump also had a friendship, and one of Epstein’s accusers, the Miami Herald newspaper said that she was 16 years old and work at the Mar-a-Lago approached as a locker room attendant if a woman is assign to Epstein, to offer her in the summer of 2000 her a job as a masseuse. The accuser, Virginia Roberts, told the Herald that Epstein and the staff member sexually abused her and claimed she was “loaned to politicians and scientists, and license fees.”

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During his hearing in the year 2017, Acosta, the legislator said that the decision to make a deal with Epstein was “General” in the U.S. attorney’s office.

“The grand jury [in Florida], it is recommended that a single count of solicitation with minors. The would have had to result in zero jail time, zero-registration as a sexual offender and redress for the victims, in this case,” said Acosta, who added, “It was highly unusual, where a US attorney involved in a matter that has already gone to the grand jury at the state level. We decided that Mr. Epstein should be on a guilty plea to two years, as a sexual offender, and admit, that the liability, so that victims receive restitution in this matter.”

Fox News, Gregg Re, Kristin brown and Kathleen Reuschle and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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