Published: Fri, July 12, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Does Jeffrey Epstein Herald a New Era of Accountability for the Wealthy?

Does Jeffrey Epstein Herald a New Era of Accountability for the Wealthy?

Trump himself also has been implicated due to his past associations with Epstein, as has former president Bill Clinton.

On Saturday night, Epstein was arrested at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey, where he had returned on his private plane from Paris.

Epstein's attorneys alleged in court that the deal, which covered the same time period as the NY charges, was made in consultation with senior Justice Department officials - and was therefore understood by Epstein and his lawyers at the time to apply beyond the Florida district. Epstein served 13 months in a prison in Florida but was released to conduct business most days. He also had to register as a sex offender.

The new case charges Epstein with the federal crimes of sex trafficking and conspiracy, and a conviction could put him in prison for 45 years.

Federal prosecutors including Acosta reached a plea deal with Epstein that has since come under scrutiny as being too lenient.

Acosta has defended the plea deal as appropriate under the circumstances, though the White House said in February that it was "looking into" his handling of the deal.

Epstein has pleaded not guilty to sex trafficking charges.

Best-selling author James Patterson - who wrote "Filthy Rich: The Billionaire's Sex Scandal-The Shocking True Story of Jeffrey Epstein" - told Fox News on Tuesday that then-private citizen Donald Trump threw alleged pedophile Jeffrey Epstein out of Mar-a-Lago after he was notified about complaints being made against Epstein. It's not clear how much of the case involves the same acts or accusers; none of the alleged victims were identified in Monday's indictment. "There's going to be legitimate, real litigation about how the nonprosecution agreement plays into the case", said Maimin. It typically entails a list of conditions a defendant must meet in exchange for a promise that he or she won't be indicted.

For most people, a parallel would be a diversion program for a relatively minor offense, such as misdemeanor marijuana possession. He has pleaded not guilty to sex trafficking.

Acosta, who was a USA prosecutor in Florida at the time, has been the target of criticism that his office approved a lenient deal and allowed Epstein to avoid full responsibility.

But other defense attorneys disputed that there is any double jeopardy issue in Epstein's case, since in Florida he wasn't charged on the federal level.

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"The only shot his lawyers have on it is as a matter of Department of Justice discretion, but not as a legal argument that SDNY is bound by the Florida agreement", this person said.

But Epstein's lawyers argue that because of the use of the phrase "resolve globally", the agreement covered all districts.

That depends on who's interpreting it. Alan Garten, an attorney for the Trump Organisation, has said Trump had "no relationship" with Epstein.

Acosta says, "In our heart we were trying to do the right thing for these victims".

He says there was concern that if negotiations fell through, Epstein's counsel could use the prospect of restitution to question their credibility.

The plea deal was kept secret from Epstein's victims until his sentencing.

Over the weekend, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents raided the Upper East Side townhouse of Jeffrey Epstein, using a crowbar to break the grand doors of one of the largest private homes in Manhattan.

Acosta concluded his statement saying that new evidence provides prosecutors an "important opportunity to more fully bring him to justice". He said she never went to police because she feared retribution from the well-connected Epstein. A message was sent to his attorney seeking comment.

The latest charges could embarrass the British Royal Family, of whom Prince Andrew is a former friend of Epstein's.

The U.S. Attorney said the girls were paid hundreds of dollars in cash to perform sexual acts and to recruit other girls.

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