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US News Trial date set for Epstein jail guards

05:55  26 november  2019
05:55  26 november  2019 Source:   thehill.com

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A judge has set the trial date for two jail guards accused of not checking on Jeffrey Epstein the morning his body was found. U.S. District Judge Analisa Torres said guards Tova Noel and Michael Thomas will start their trial April 20, The Associated Press reported Monday.

Jeffrey Epstein death: Trial set for guards accused of skipping jail checks before sex offender's suicide. Two Manhattan federal jail guards accused of trying to cover up their failure to check on Jeffrey Epstein in the hours before his suicide are scheduled to go on trial April 20.

a bus that is parked on the side of a building: Trial date set for Epstein jail guards © Getty Images Trial date set for Epstein jail guards

A judge has set the trial date for two jail guards accused of not checking on Jeffrey Epstein the morning his body was found.

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U.S. District Judge Analisa Torres said guards Tova Noel and Michael Thomas will start their trial April 20, The Associated Press reported Monday.

FILE - This March 28, 2017, file photo, provided by the New York State Sex Offender Registry, shows Jeffrey Epstein. Attorney General William Barr says Jeffrey Epstein’s death was the result of a “perfect storm of screw-ups.” Barr’s comments in an interview Thursday with The Associated Press come days after two New York correctional officers responsible for guarding Epstein were charged with falsifying prison records. (New York State Sex Offender Registry via AP, File) © ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE - This March 28, 2017, file photo, provided by the New York State Sex Offender Registry, shows Jeffrey Epstein. Attorney General William Barr says Jeffrey Epstein’s death was the result of a “perfect storm of screw-ups.” Barr’s comments in an interview Thursday with The Associated Press come days after two New York correctional officers responsible for guarding Epstein were charged with falsifying prison records. (New York State Sex Offender Registry via AP, File)

The two guards pleaded not guilty to falsifying prison records to say they checked on Epstein when they had not. They were arrested last week after being suspended without pay.

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NEW YORK (AP) — A judge set an April trial date Monday for two jail guards accused of failing to make required checks on Jeffrey Epstein the morning he died. The trial of guards Tova Noel and Michael Thomas can begin April 20, U.S. District Judge Analisa Torres said.

NEW YORK (AP) — A judge set an April trial date Monday for two jail guards accused of failing to make required checks on Jeffrey Epstein the morning he died. The trial of guards Tova Noel and Michael Thomas can begin April 20, U.S. District Judge Analisa Torres said.

Michael Thomas and Tova Noel appear on charges they falsely certified to having conducted inmate counts during Jeffrey Epstein's final hours at the Federal Court in New York City, New York, U.S., November 25, 2019 in this courtroom sketch. REUTERS/Jane Rosenberg Michael Thomas and Tova Noel appear on charges they falsely certified to having conducted inmate counts during Jeffrey Epstein's final hours at the Federal Court in New York City, New York, U.S., November 25, 2019 in this courtroom sketch. REUTERS/Jane Rosenberg

Prosecutors say Noel and Thomas slept for two hours, went on the internet and did not conduct required checks of the prisoners, according to the AP. Epstein was supposed to be checked on every 30 minutes shortly after he had been on suicide watch.

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His body was found Aug. 10, and a medical examiner ruled the death a suicide.

Lawyers for the guards have said the defendants are being unfairly singled out to mask systemic problems in the Metropolitan Correctional Center that allowed for Epstein's death, the AP reported.

Federal prison guards in custody in connection with Jeffrey Epstein death

  Federal prison guards in custody in connection with Jeffrey Epstein death The guards are accused of failing to conduct regular checks on Epstein, who hanged himself with a bedsheet in prison.

E. Epstein set a tentative trial date for mid-2020 during the financier’s first court appearance since he was discovered unconscious in his jail cell in to await trial under house arrest in his million mansion on the Upper East Side; Mr. Epstein even offered to pay for 24-hour security guards to

A judge has set an April trial date for two jail guards accused of failing to make required checks on Jeffrey Epstein the day he died. (Nov. 25) Subscribe

A man drives a utility task vehicle on Little St. James Island, in the U. S. Virgin Islands, a property owned by Jeffrey Epstein, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019. Jeffrey Epstein's Caribbean islands are attracting curious onlookers and generating debate among locals about what should be done with his property after officials said the financier killed himself as he awaited trial in New York on sex trafficking charges. (AP Photo/Gabriel Lopez Albarran) © ASSOCIATED PRESS A man drives a utility task vehicle on Little St. James Island, in the U. S. Virgin Islands, a property owned by Jeffrey Epstein, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019. Jeffrey Epstein's Caribbean islands are attracting curious onlookers and generating debate among locals about what should be done with his property after officials said the financier killed himself as he awaited trial in New York on sex trafficking charges. (AP Photo/Gabriel Lopez Albarran)

The next pretrial hearing is Jan. 30, according to the news wire.

Epstein had been awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges involving teenage girls. His connection to high-profile people has led to persistent speculation that the financier was murdered.

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