As bad, awful and stench-o-rific as the non-prosecution of Merrill Lynch over the gold bid rigging is, the government’s handling of the Jeffery Epstein case is just as bad and maybe even worse.
It’s 99.999% clear that he was and continues to be protected because other powerful people were involved with him in ritualistically, sexually abusing minor girls.
The Miami Herald has done a fantastic job of exposing this and keeping the heat on. Kudos to that MSM outlet on this topic!
The non-prosecution of Epstein, et al., stinks to high heaven and the mystery is there are still people in the Justice Department willing to go to bat to keep a lid on this.
We know that both Trump and Bill Clinton took many trips on the “Lolita Express” the private plane that Epstein used to transport children and powerful men to and fro, 26 separate times for Bill Clinton including 5 without his Secret Service detail.
June 25, 2019
Suspected sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein was handed another break by the Department of Justice on Monday when federal prosecutors rejected his victims’ efforts to throw out his plea deal and prosecute him for abusing dozens of underage girls.
In the 35-page motion, filed in federal court in the Northern District of Georgia, federal prosecutors said that there is no legal basis to invalidate Epstein’s non-prosecution agreement — and they warned the federal judge in the case against doing the same.
U.S. Attorney Byung “B.J.” Pak said that because Congress did not outline specific penalties in the Crime Victims’ Rights Act when it was created by Congress, Epstein’s victims have no right to demand anything from the government — not even an apology. A federal judge ruled earlier this year that the plea deal violated that legislation.
In the filing, federal prosecutors did concede that the U.S. Attorney’s Office in South Florida failed to treat Epstein’s victims — most of whom were 13 to 16 years old — fairly, but they said that the law gives prosecutors discretion in deciding how to dispose of a case. Victims have a right to confer with prosecutors, but no rights beyond that, Pak said.
The federal judge in the case, Kenneth Marra, will have to decide what happens now.
Epstein, a politically connected financier, escaped federal sex-trafficking charges after his high-powered lawyers, led by Kenneth Starr and Alan Dershowitz, pressured prosecutors in Miami to work out a secret plea deal in 2007.
The controversial agreement, engineered by then-Miami U.S. Attorney Alexander Acosta, allowed Epstein to plead guilty to lesser charges in state court, resulting in a 13-month jail sentence on a single prostitution charge involving a girl who was 17. At the time, investigators had identified nearly three dozen victims.
The women, now in their late 20s and early 30s, were underprivileged middle and high school girls recruited in and around Palm Beach County from about 1998 to 2006.
The Miami Herald, in a three-part series published in November called “Perversion of Justice,” detailed through emails, letters and other court documents how federal prosecutors worked hand-in-hand with Epstein and his lawyers to keep his victims in the dark and seal records so that no one would know the extent of Epstein’s crimes or who was involved.
Hard to maintain any illusion of justice in this case. Hard to persist in the idea that the Justice department is filled with earnest, hard-working, people who care about the country and laws.
I bolded the part about Dershowitz working diligently to get his client off because he may not have been the most impartial of lawyers.
Bill Clinton took repeated trips on the ” Lolita Express”—the private passenger jet owned by billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein—with an actress in softcore porn movies whose name appears in Epstein’s address book under an entry for “massages,” according to flight logbooks obtained by Gawker and published today for the first time. The logs also show that Clinton shared more than a dozen flights with a woman who federal prosecutors believe procured underage girls to sexually service Epstein and his friends and acted as a “potential co-conspirator” in his crimes.
Epstein’s predatory past, and his now-inconvenient relationships with a Who’s Who of the Davos set, hit the front pages again earlier this month when one of his victims, Virginia Roberts, claimed in a federal court filing that Epstein recruited her as a “sex slave” at the age of 15 and “sexually trafficked [her] to politically-connected and financially-powerful people,” including Prince Andrew and attorney Alan Dershowitz. (The latter, the filing claimed, had sex with the victim “on private planes”; Dershowitz vigorously denies the charges, as does Prince Andrew.)
Other prominent figures whose names appear in the logs, which document globe-spanning flights on Epstein’s planes during various periods from 1997 to 2005, include Dershowitz, former Treasury Secretary and Harvard president Larry Summers, Naomi Campbell, and scientist Stephen Pinker.
The logs also cast doubt on public statements made by Dershowitz, who has been vigorously downplaying his relationship with Epstein since Roberts levied her accusations against him. Dershowitz has attempted to paint himself as a mere passing acquaintance of Epstein, suggesting to the American Lawyer last week that he only began hanging around the billionaire to fundraise for his school, Harvard.
It just goes to show, if you are going to commit serious crimes in the US, be sure to include a lot of very powerful people, that way you’ll never get charged at all, or get a sweetheart deal if you do.
In the meantime, ordinary people who observe this can be forgiven if they lose just a little of bit of faith in their government and various institutions.
The corruption of Rome is proceeding apace.
The appearance of the impartiality of law is as important as the reality of impartiality. Those who erode either should face serious consequences.
Unless things are too far gone. Then carry on, because it’s probably best to get to the bottom of the barrel as quickly as possible.