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CrimeEpstein's accusers request plea deal be axed, say it could point to 'co-conspirators'

08:15  14 august  2019
08:15  14 august  2019 Source:   abcnews.go.com

Prosecutors Now Turning Attention To Jeffrey Epstein’s Alleged Co-Conspirators

Prosecutors Now Turning Attention To Jeffrey Epstein’s Alleged Co-Conspirators Shock is giving way to anger following the death of Jeffrey Epstein. © Provided by CBS Local, a division of CBS Radio IncThe accused pedophile apparently committed suicide inside his jail cell in New York. Prosecutors say they will continue to investigate the Palm Beach financier’s alleged crimes despite his death. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Epstein, 66, had been in federal custody since he was arrested July 6th on sex trafficking and conspiracy charges.

Jeffrey Epstein ' s accusers ask judge to invalidate plea deal , point to ' co - conspirators '. Accusers of the now-deceased Jeffrey Epstein are asking a federal court in Florida to tear up the multimillionaire sex offender's 2007 non-prosecution agreement that not only shielded Epstein from further

(MORE: Epstein ' s accusers request plea deal be axed , say it could point to ' co - conspirators '). Epstein , who was being held at the jail without bail, was found unresponsive in his cell around 6:30 a . m . on Saturday, the Bureau of Prisons said .

Epstein's accusers request plea deal be axed, say it could point to 'co-conspirators'
Epstein's accusers request plea deal be axed, say it could point to 'co-conspirators'
Epstein's accusers request plea deal be axed, say it could point to 'co-conspirators'
Accusers of the now-deceased Jeffrey Epstein are asking a federal court in Florida to tear up the multimillionaire sex offender's 2007 non-prosecution agreement that not only shielded Epstein from further prosecution, but protected his alleged co-conspirators, who federal authorities have vowed to bring to justice.

In the first court filing since Epstein's death apparently by suicide Saturday at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York City, two of the financier's accusers urged the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida to swiftly invalidate the non-prosecution agreement that granted immunity to Epstein and his alleged recruiters and enablers.

The Latest: Epstein accusers renew push against plea deal

The Latest: Epstein accusers renew push against plea deal NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the death of Jeffrey Epstein (all times local): 1:45 p.m. Accusers of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein say his death should scrap the non-prosecution agreement he negotiated with Florida federal prosecutors over a decade ago. The court filing Monday came in a long-running lawsuit against the U.S. government by women who claim they were not consulted about the 2008 plea deal as required by the federal Crime Victim's Rights Act. © Provided by The Associated Press FILE - This March 28, 2017, file photo, provided by the New York State Sex Offender Registry shows Jeffrey Epstein.

With Epstein dead, alleged co - conspirators , if they're charged, could claim that prosecutors are Attorneys who represented Maxwell in the lawsuit did not respond to a request for comment. Scarola, the Florida attorney who represents Epstein ' s accusers , said " it is reasonable to anticipate"

With Epstein dead, alleged co - conspirators , if they're charged, could claim that prosecutors are simply looking for a scapegoat, said Laurie Levenson, a Scarola, the Florida attorney who represents Epstein ' s accusers , said " it is reasonable to anticipate" follow-up indictments against Maxwell.

"It would be unfair to the victims if Epstein not only managed to cheat justice through his death but also left behind some kind of legal issue preventing the victims from obtaining the ... remedy to which they are plainly entitled," the document stated.

The court papers were filed by attorneys Brad Edwards and Paul Cassell on behalf of two of Epstein's accusers, who were identified only as Jane Doe 1 and Jane Doe 2.

Jane Doe 1 identified herself as Courtney Wild in a previous interview with ABC News. Wild alleged that Epstein sexually assaulted her beginning at age 14 and testified at his bail hearing in New York last month.

In 2007, Epstein and federal prosecutors -- including R. Alexander Acosta, who was the U.S. attorney in Miami at the time and was later a Trump administration labor secretary -- negotiated what has been called a "sweetheart deal" that allowed Epstein to avoid federal prosecution for alleged crimes against more than 30 children, in favor of his 2008 guilty pleas to two prostitution-related felonies in Florida state court.

How Jeffrey Epstein's alleged victims can still seek justice

How Jeffrey Epstein's alleged victims can still seek justice The Justice Department is investigating how the disgraced financier died in custody over the weekend and why no one prevented it

The deal Epstein signed in 2007 protected four unnamed associates from prosecution. Epstein ' s accusers say now he's dead the government should rescind the generous 2007 plea deal which protected Attorney General William Barr said yesterday: "Any co - conspirators should not rest easy."

Co - conspirators . It has been postulated that some of Epstein ' s closest associates, who would most likely be Epstein reportedly paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to co - conspirators during an investigation in the Under the 2008 plea deal , these unknown co - conspirators were immunized.[18].

Under the agreement, Epstein served 13 months of an 18-month sentence in county jail and was allowed to participate in a work-release program enabling him to spend up to 12 hours a day, six days a week in his Palm Beach office.

In 2008, two alleged Epstein victims, including Wild, sued the Department of Justice, claiming the government violated the Crime Victims' Rights Act by reaching a secret deal with Epstein without informing them.

In this week's filing, the accusers's attorneys highlighted their argument that the Department of Justice (DOJ) should be ordered to turn over all the information in their possession, including internal deliberations, about how and why the feds reached such an indulgent deal with a well-heeled and well-connected sex offender -- behind the backs of his alleged victims.

"Because of Epstein's death, the need for many of the victims' other proposed remedies has only increased – particularly the remedies concerning information for victims and holding a public hearing," the court filing said. "Because Epstein is now dead, there will never be a criminal trial to hold him accountable, either in the Southern District of Florida, the Southern District of New York, or elsewhere."

Attorney General Barr: Epstein co-conspirators 'should not rest easy'

Attorney General Barr: Epstein co-conspirators 'should not rest easy' The day after Epstein's death in prison, Barr announced he had asked the DOJ Office of Inspector General to investigate the circumstances surrounding the matter.

Jeffrey Edward Epstein (January 20, 1953 – August 10, 2019) was an American financier and convicted sex offender. Epstein began his career in finance at the investment bank Bear Stearns

With Epstein dead, alleged co - conspirators , if they're charged, could claim that prosecutors are Attorneys who represented Maxwell in the lawsuit did not respond to a request for comment. Scarola, the Florida attorney who represents Epstein ' s accusers , said " it is reasonable to anticipate"

"Accordingly, the victims (and the public) will never witness his public trial where the facts connected to sexual abuse will be fully aired," the court paper continued. "This means that the informational remedies that the victims have sought regarding the case assume enhanced importance and should be granted by the Court."

Meanwhile, Epstein's brother, Mark, launched his own investigation into his sibling's death by apparent suicide at the federal lockup in lower Manhattan, sources familiar with the matter told ABC News.

Mark Epstein hired famed forensic pathologist Michael Baden to observe his brother's autopsy done Sunday by the New York City Medical Examiner. The Federal Bureau of Prison officials said Epstein hanged himself, according to sources.

Despite Epstein's death, it does not appear investigations into his actions -- and connections -- are over.

ABC News on Monday afternoon observed federal agents, including FBI and Customs and Border Protection, at the dock and on the grounds of Little Saint James, Jeffrey Epstein's island home in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and sources said the federal task force investigators were searching for evidence linking others to Epstein's alleged sex trafficking.

What happens next in the legal cases involving Jeffrey Epstein

What happens next in the legal cases involving Jeffrey Epstein His accusers can still take their case to court, even after his death.

Jeffrey Epstein ' s co - conspirators 'should not rest easy', says William Barr – video. Veteran attorneys interviewed by the Guardian said Epstein ’ s death would not impede federal prosecutors Possible co - conspirators ’ defense lawyers could still try using this deal to their clients’ advantage

“Any co - conspirators should not rest easy. Epstein died Saturday morning, reportedly after he killed himself in his jail cell. New York City’ s chief medical examiner, Dr. Barbara Sampson, said in a statement obtained by the Washington Examiner that the autopsy on Epstein was performed Sunday

Under heightened pressure from lawmakers over Epstein's death, U.S. Attorney General William Barr said Monday that Epstein's alleged co-conspirators "should not rest easy" just because Epstein won't have his day in court, adding that "the case will continue on against anyone who was complicit with Epstein."

If you or someone you know is considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), text "help" to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 or go to suicidepreventionlifeline.org.

Florida governor orders criminal probe into handling of prior Jeffrey Epstein sex case.
Gov. Ron DeSantis the state Law Enforcement Department to launch an inquiry into "other irregularities" surrounding an earlier state probe and plea agreement with Jeffrey Epstein, a former friend of Presidents Donald Trump and Bill Clinton. In addition to criticism of the Palm Beach County State Attorney's Office's handling of the earlier Epstein case, there also has been criticism of a non-prosecution deal that the then-U.S. Attorney Alex Acosta cut with Epstein, which also granted immunity to his alleged co-conspirators.

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