Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein gets charged Monday with two counts related to sex trafficking of minors
Jeffrey Epstein, 66, was indicted in New York on Monday on two counts related to the sex-trafficking of minors. Epstein pleaded not guilty before a federal magistrate judge Monday to the charges, which carry a 45 year maximum prison sentence. Epstein’s legal team is claiming that the indictment is an improper and illegal re-do of an investigation into Epstein from 2008. ~
According to the Wall Street Journal, Epstein was arrested at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey Saturday. Following his arrest, federal agents “searched Mr. Epstein’s Manhattan townhouse…and found hundreds of nude photographs of young women, some of whom appeared to be underage” (Wall Street Journal, 2019). The indictment Monday comes just a decade after Mr. Epstein struck a plea deal with federal prosecutors in Florida, one of which is current Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta. The plea deal led to the signing of a criticized non-prosecution agreement, allowing Estein to plead guilty to two state prostitution felonies, register as a sex defender, and serve a 13-month sentence with very leniant work-release privileges. ~
According to The New York Times, Current Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, who was serving as a Federal prosecutor that oversaw the Epstein case in 2008, is facing scrutiny for his oversight of the non-prosecution agreement for its controversial leniency towards Mr. Epstein. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif), and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.), are both calling for Acosta’s resignation, tweeting that the deal reached was “an unconscionable agreement” and stating on the Senate floor that “if he [Acosta] refuses to resign, President Trump should fire him.” Acosta responded to the controversy, saying on Twitter Tuesday that “With the evidence available more than a decade ago, federal prosecutors insisted that Epstein go to jail, register as a sex offender and put the world on notice that he was a sexual predator.” Acosta also tweeted that he fully supports the new charges being brought against Epstein to “more fully bring him to justice” based on the new evidence and testimony to support the case. ~
To add to the 2008 non-prosecution agreement’s controversy, according to the Wall Street Journal, a judge ruled in February that the Epstein case was carried out unlawfully by the Florida federal prosecutors – including Mr. Acosta – because the team of prosecutors failed to inform the alleged underage victims of the plea deal which would keep Epstein from being federally prosecuted. ~
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