A judge ruled today that federal prosecutors — incl, @SecretaryAcosta — broke federal law when they signed a plea agreement w wealthy, politically-connected sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein & concealed it from more than 30 of his underage victims
US District Judge Kenneth A. Marra, in a 33-page opinion, said the evidence he reviewed showed that JEFFREY EPSTEIN had been OPERATING an INTERNATIONAL SEX OPERATION in which he and others recruited underage girls — not only in FL — but from overseas, in violation of federal law.
“Epstein used paid employees to find and bring minor girls to him.,’’ wrote Judge Marra, who is based in Palm Beach County.

“Epstein worked in concert with others to obtain minors not only for his own sexual gratification, but also for the sexual gratification of others.’’
Instead of prosecuting Epstein under federal sex trafficking laws, @SecretaryAcosta then the U.S. attorney in Miami, helped negotiate a non-prosecution agreement that gave Epstein and his co-conspirators immunity from federal prosecution.
Epstein, who lived in a Palm Beach mansion, was allowed to quietly plead guilty in state court to two prostitution charges and served just 13 months in the county jail. HIS ACCOMPLICES, SOME of WHOM have NEVER BEEN IDENTIFIED, were never charged. Hi Donald.
NONE of Epstein’s victims, mostly 13-16yrs at the time of the abuse, WERE TOLD about it UNTIL it was TOO LATE for them to appear at his sentencing and possibly REJECT the DEAL.
Upon learning Epstein pleaded guilty w/o their knowledge, 2 of his victims filed a lawsuit in the SDFL in 2008, claiming prosecutors violated the Crime Victims’ Rights Act.
Marra agreed, saying that while prosecutors had the right to resolve the case in any way they saw fit, they violated the law by hiding the agreement from Epstein’s victims.
Marra’s decision capped 11y of litigation — incl the release of a trove of emails showing how @SecretaryAcosta & other prosecutors worked w Epstein’s high profile lawyers like @AlanDersh & Ken Starr to conceal the deal — & the scope of Epstein’s crimes — from victims the public.
“Particularly problematic was the Government’s decision to conceal the existence of the [agreement] and mislead the victims to believe that federal prosecution was still a possibility,’’ Judge Marra wrote.
“When the Government gives information to victims, it cannot be misleading. While the Government spent untold hours negotiating the terms and implications of the [agreement] with Epstein’s attorneys, scant information was shared with victims.’’
“The Government aligned themselves with Epstein, working against his victims, for 11y,’’ Edwards said. “Yes, this is a huge victory, but to make his victims suffer for 11y, this should not have happened....”
[Besides that...I want to know who the other co-conspirators are.]
While the victims ultimately would like to see Epstein go to jail, the judge’s ruling stopped short of issuing a remedy or punishment. He gave the government and victims 15 days to confer with each other to come up with a resolution. It’s unclear what that resolution would be 🤬
Edwards conceded that Epstein’s sentence isn’t likely to be overturned. He was released in 2009...

OTHER charges can still be brought against Epstein if more victims come forward in other jurisdictions.

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