U.S. Seeks to Hold Jeffrey Epstein Without Bail

Tuesday, 09 Jul, 2019

His lawyer couldn't be reached for comment.

U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman stated Monday that the deal reached with prosecutors in Florida had no bearing on Epstein being charged in NY.

The previous plea deal gave Epstein a chance to plead guilty to lesser state charges of soliciting and procuring a person under age 18 for prostitution.

The New York accusations against Epstein, which carry a penalty up of up to 45 years in jail, are the latest twist in a journey that has seen the billionaire's profile dramatically shift from that of being the casually dressed friend of celebrities, to a convicted sex offender, now facing new allegations.

A federal judge then ruled later that month that Acosta and his prosecutors broke the law by offering such a deal without notifying the dozens of underage victims that Epstein allegedly molested.

The deal was also a non-prosecution agreement, essentially shutting down an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe into whether there were more victims and other powerful people who may have been involved, according to the Miami Herald.

The victims in the Florida case have until Monday to respond to the Justice Department's filing.

A US Justice Department office is investigating whether government attorneys committed professional misconduct in the Epstein case.

The new charges were initially reported by The Daily Beast.

RECUSE ME: Attorney General William Barr said he is recused from the Epstein case.

"This shows what could have been done and should have been done 10 years ago if it were not for political influence that Mr. Epstein and his lawyers brought to bear on the process", Boies told CNN.

Federal agents found "nude photographs of what appeared to be underage girls" while searching his Manhattan mansion, said prosecutors, who were expected to argue he is a flight risk and should remain in jail instead of being released on bail to await trial.

An indictment alleging sex trafficking and sex trafficking conspiracy was unsealed Monday morning against the billionaire financier and registered sex offender.

The girls were also paid to recruit other girls to come to his home, according to the indictment.

Some of Epstein's accusers welcomed the indictment.

Trump praised Epstein in an interview with NY magazine in 2002.

Court documents filed in New York describe the extent of Epstein's wealth, noting his ownership of properties and homes, including mansions in New York, Florida and London, a ranch in Mexico, "a 70-acre private island formerly known as Little St. James in or near St. Thomas", and a home in Paris. Epstein or his associates would pay each girl a sum in cash, and if a girl lured others to Epstein's residences, he would pay both the "victim-recruiter" and the new girl hundreds of dollars, according to the indictment. It seems possible that Esptein could also be charged under 18 U.S.C. § 2252, which deals with "Certain activities relating to material involving the sexual exploitation of minors".

Further, there are no double jeopardy implications - meaning Epstein can not be tried twice for the same crime - because Epstein's guilty plea involved only state crimes, while the current case involves federal law.

That will end Monday, two law enforcement officials said.

Epstein was taken into federal custody when his plane landed after an worldwide flight Saturday, a law enforcement source tells NPR.