Epstein co-conspirators 'should not rest easy,' says U.S. AG Barr

Clay Curtis
August 13, 2019

Barr, the top USA law enforcement official, vowed to carry on the case against anyone who was complicit with Epstein. Under that 2008 agreement, Epstein pleaded guilty to prostitution-related state charges and served 13 months behind bars.

According to USA media reports, he kept a "little black book" with the names of over 100 "recruits" from areas where he had residences, including NY and Palm Beach, Florida, as well as Paris.

An FBI spokesperson wasn't immediately available for comment when contacted by AFP.

Epstein's death cut short a prosecution that could have pulled back the curtain on his activities and his connections to celebrities and presidents, though Barr vowed Monday that the case will continue "against anyone who was complicit with Epstein".

The statement said it was "fundamental" to launch an investigation in France so that Epstein's death "doesn't deprive the victims of the justice they deserve" and to protect other girls from "this kind of predator". "We are now learning of serious irregularities at this facility that are deeply concerning and demand a thorough investigation".

Barr did not say what those irregularities were.

Epstein's death is also the latest black eye for the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, the jail's parent agency that already was under fire for the October death of Boston gangster James (Whitey) Bulger, who was fatally beaten at a federal prison in West Virginia shortly after his arrival.

Security personnel and people are seen at the entrance of the Metropolitan Correctional Center jail where financier Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., August 12, 2019.

The prison where Epstein died is run by the federal Bureau of Prisons, a division of the US Justice Department.

Epstein had indeed received a cellmate, but that individual was transferred on Friday, one day prior to his death, for reasons that are still being explored by investigators.

Patton described MCC as an "inhumane, cramped place with inadequate staffing, particularly inadequate medical staffing or mental health staffing".

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Schoen said, he was just days away from officially representing Epstein when he learned of his death.

Epstein was reportedly placed on suicide watch after being found unconscious in his cell with injuries to his neck, an incident that officials were investigating as a possible suicide or assault.

Chief Medical Examiner Barbara Sampson said in a statement that private pathologist Dr Michael Baden observed Jeffrey Epstein's autopsy.

His attorneys had asked that he be taken off suicide watch, however, according to a source who spoke with The Wall Street Journal.

Sources had told The New York Times that Epstien was removed from suicide watch several weeks ago, after he had tried to kill himself on July 23.

A defence attorney for Epstein, Marc Fernich, also faulted jail officials, saying they "recklessly put Mr. Epstein in harm's way" and failed to protect him.

Dani Isdale is in NY.

But, federal prosecutors have previously indicated their intention to seize any of Epstein's properties where he allegedly sexually abused minors, and could potentially do so through a civil-forfeiture case.

The 66-year-old was arrested and jailed on July 6, on charges of sex trafficking.

His death touched off outrage from Attorney General William Barr, politicians and many of Epstein's alleged victims, who fear that they may lose their day in court now that Epstein is dead.

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