Jeffrey Epstein's manner of death 'pending further information,' coroner says

Clay Curtis
August 12, 2019

Guards did not properly surveil accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein in the hours leading up to his death, according to reports from the Washington Post, New York Times and Associated Press.

The details surrounding Epstein's death are being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice's Inspector General as suicide at the jail is rare - a review of published stories conducted by the New York Post found only one such death in the past 21 years - and Epstein is a high-profile inmate who had previously been held on suicide watch.

The person said that the Metropolitan Correctional Center's Special Housing Unit was staffed with one guard working a fifth straight day of overtime and another who was working mandatory overtime.

Attorney General William Barr said his death raised "serious questions" and announced that both the Federal Bureau of Investigation and inspector general would look into 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.

Sampson said that private pathologist, Dr. Michael Baden, was permitted to observe the autopsy examination at the request of those representing Epstein, and with the awareness of the federal prosecutor. The medical examiner's office in Manhattan confirmed Epstein's death.

"This is routine practice", Sampson said in the statement.

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Trump shared a tweet and video from conservative comedian Terrence Williams that claimed without evidence that former President Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton - Trump's 2016 presidential election rival - were responsible for Epstein's death. Barr said in a statement he was "appalled" at hearing the news and said it raised "serious questions that must be answered".

Epstein was being held on child sex trafficking and conspiracy charges after he was denied bail.

"Every single person in the Justice Department - from your Main Justice headquarters staff all the way to the night-shift jailer - knew that this man was a suicide risk, and that his dark secrets couldn't be allowed to die with him", Sasse wrote.

The billionaire financier was awaiting trial for sexually abusing dozens of teenage girls in the early 2000s.

Reports indicated that Epstein was placed on suicide watch in late July but later taken off at some point.

A Miami Herald series on the plea deal and the new charges in July renewed attention on the plea deal and spurred outrage against it. "They've been looking for justice for many, many years", she said on Fox News Sunday.

"My office defers to the involved law enforcement agencies regarding other investigations around this death".

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