Published: Sun, July 14, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

New Mexico AG wants new sex offender law amid Epstein probe

New Mexico AG wants new sex offender law amid Epstein probe

Paedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein has been accused by the US District Attorney's office of paying out $350,000 in the days after details of his conduct were revealed in an attempt to "further influence co-conspirators".

Prosecutors have accused jailed United States financier Jeffrey Epstein of paying large amounts of money to two people who could be potential witnesses in his child sex trafficking case in an effort to influence them. "This route of trip, and in particular its timing, suggests the defendant modified into making an try to additional impact co-conspirators who would possibly per chance perchance provide records against him in light of the lately re-rising allegations".

Prosecutors say Epstein is a flight risk and want him held without bail pending trial.

The latest New York-based federal indictment says Epstein was responsible for a "vast network of underaged victims" and engaged in a sex-trafficking scheme that brought dozens of young girls to his private homes.

Investigators allege Epstein used employees and associates to lure the girls into his homes, and also paid some of his victims to help him find other potential victims.

In seeking to keep the multimillionaire jailed pending trial, prosecutors in NY argued Epstein had a history of trying to obstruct inquiries into his misdeeds, including those from journalists.

He is due in court on Monday for a hearing to consider his request for bail.

Trump said Patrick Pizzella, deputy secretary since April 2018, would succeed Acosta on an acting basis.

The case is being brought more than a decade after Epstein secretly cut a deal with prosecutors to dispose of almost identical allegations.

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Bolsonaro said this at the inauguration ceremony of the new director of the Brazilian Intelligence Agency. The ambassadorship has been vacant since January 1, when Jair Bolsonaro took office.

Labour Secretary Alexander Acosta said Friday he's stepping down amid the tumult over his handling of a 2008 secret plea deal with Epstein.

He has asked to be allowed to await trial under house arrest, but prosecutors argued in the court filing on Friday that he should be kept behind bars.

Instead of ending up in prison for the rest of his life, Epstein struck a non-prosecution agreement, which prevented the Federal Bureau of Investigation from further investigating his sex crimes, according to a Miami Herald examination of emails, court documents and Federal Bureau of Investigation records.

The deal was negotiated with Donald Trump's former labour secretary Alex Acosta in 2008 when he served as the U.S. attorney for Miami.

The deal has come under increasing scrutiny with the new charges against Epstein this week.

He is accused of paying underage girls for massages and then molesting them at his homes in Florida and NY in the early 2000s.

Acosta came under fire this week for his role as US attorney for Florida in securing a plea deal for Epstein that resulted in an 18-month sentence - he served just 13 months. He has pleaded not guilty.

"While NBC's Stephanie Gosk gave a passing mention to both Clinton and Trump (without any mention of the "Lolita Express"), CBS This Morning's Mola Lenghi spent more time on both Trump and Clinton, while emphasizing comments Trump made praising Epstein in 2002".

A mansion belonging to Jeffrey Epstein at East 71st street is seen on the Upper East Side of Manhattan on July 8, 2019 in New York City. "I wasn't sure at the time who dropped the ball or failed to do what they had to do", Garcia said.

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