Rich Man Accusers Sex Abuse Case
June 4, 2014 by staff
Rich Man Accusers Sex Abuse Case, Nearly a decade ago, a wealthy financial guru came under FBI investigation, suspected of sexually abusing dozens of underage girls at his Palm Beach mansion. Then, abruptly, the investigation was dropped and Jeffrey Epstein pleaded guilty to a single state charge of soliciting prostitution. He served just over a year in jail.
Now, two women who say they were among his victims have won a precedent-setting appeals court ruling entitling them to see all the documents from the plea bargain discussions between Epstein’s high-powered lawyers and federal prosecutors.
Their goal: use those files to undo the agreement, reopen the investigation and subject Epstein to more charges.
The women’s lawyers contend Epstein got special treatment because of his wealth and connections. His attorneys deny that.
Epstein, 61, made hundreds of millions of dollars managing funds for rich clients. Shortly after his 2008 guilty plea, it came to light that his lawyers had secretly reached a non-prosecution agreement months earlier with the U.S. Justice Department that spared him a potentially heavier punishment.
“Our complaint alleges that, prodded by Epstein, the federal prosecutors deliberately concealed the sweetheart plea deal they made with him to avoid public criticism,” said Paul Cassell, a University of Utah law professor who is representing the two women.
The U.S. attorney’s office in Miami would not comment. But the U.S. attorney at the time, R. Alexander Acosta, said in a 2011 letter defending his office that more evidence came to light after Epstein made his deal.
“Many victims have spoken out, filing detailed statements in civil cases seeking damages. Physical evidence has been discovered,” Acosta wrote. “Had these additional statements and evidence been known, the outcome may have been different.”
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