Accusers demand Epstein’s death not derail investigations

Accusers demand Epstein’s death not derail investigations

Investigators probing the suicide of Jeffrey Epstein inside a federal jail in lower Manhattan are uncovering "serious irregularities", Attorney General William Barr said Monday, while vowing that any of the convicted sex offender's co-conspirators "should not rest easy".

His body was discovered early on Saturday at a facility in NY.

In a statement, Young said that teachers, clerical workers and other support staff are regularly used to fill in for guards, and many guards are regularly forced to work 70- and 80-hour weeks.

Then in July, Epstein was indicted, federal prosecutors in NY accusing him of knowingly recruiting underage women to engage in sex acts with him, sometimes over a period of years while paying the women for each encounter.

On the morning of Epstein's apparent suicide, guards on his unit were working overtime shifts to make up for staffing shortages, the person said.

U.S. financier Jeffrey Epstein appears in a photograph taken for the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services' sex offender registry March 28, 2017 and obtained by Reuters July 10, 2019.

"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 NY, or elsewhere", the filing reads.

"One hopes it is complete, conclusive, and secured", he tweeted.

Epstein was taken off suicide watch at the end of July, the person said.

Eva Ford, mother of alleged Epstein victim Courtney Wild, questioned how Epstein, who had previously been placed on suicide watch, was not subject to special monitoring.

The FBI and the Department of Justice's Inspector General have opened investigations into the death of Epstein, who a source said had been taken off suicide watch. "The victims deserve justice, and they will get it".

Epstein's removal from suicide watch would have been approved by both the warden of the jail and the facility's chief psychologist, said Jack Donson, a former prison official who worked for the Bureau of Prisons for more than two decades.

Epstein's death comes a day after hundreds of pages of court documents were released that revealed new allegations against him and some of his associates. The 66-year-old was awaiting trial in Metropolitan Correctional Center on federal charges that he sexually abused dozens of teenage girls.

Epstein was arrested on July 6 in New Jersey after his private jet landed on a flight from Paris.

Epstein's arrest drew national attention, particularly focusing on a deal that allowed Epstein to plead guilty in 2008 to soliciting a minor for prostitution in Florida and avoid more serious federal charges.

President Trump's former Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, who had been the federal prosecutor handling the Epstein case in Florida at the time of that plea deal, has resigned over his handling of the matter.

Speaking on Nine's Today, top U.S. lawyer Gloria Allred detailed what direction the case could now turn and revealed the "anger" of her clients in the aftermath of Epstein's death.

A conviction could have put him in prison for 45 years.

New York-born Epstein worked as a teacher before moving into finance.

What was the new case against him?

He cultivated a social circle which spanned the likes of President Donald Trump, former President Bill Clinton, and Prince Andrew.

Suspicion over Epstein's death spread to politicians.

"The coward and serial predator may have taken his own life but we shall continue to seek justice on behalf of our clients", Mr Josh Schiller, a lawyer for some of Epstein's alleged victims, said in a text message.

"How does someone who is this high profile commit suicide?"

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