Epstein denied bail



Jeffrey Epstein was denied bail on Thursday, and will remain at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan ahead of his criminal trial on federal sex trafficking charges. ‘I find that the government has established danger to others and to the community by clear and convincing evidence,’ said Judge Richard Berman. He also dismissed the package offered up by Epstein and his lawyers as irretrievably inadequate,’ noting: ‘I doubt that any bail package can overcome danger to the community.’ Judge Berman also cited the testimony of victims Courtney Wild and Annie Farmer in his decision, which will be released in full Thursday afternoon. The decision comes after two court filings submitted by his legal team were shown to have false or misleading information.

On Tuesday, Epstein’s defense team appeared to be throwing down the gauntlet when they declared prosecutors had no proof Epstein had ever used an official Austrian passport with his photo and an assumed name that was found in a safe at his $77 million mansion. ‘He never used the document to travel internationally and never presented it to any immigration or customs authority,’ claimed attorney Marc French. One day later, prosecutors filed their own letter which not only denied that claim, but also listed the specific countries where Epstein, 66, had used the passport.