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Here's a pc from WaPo this afternoon talking about the Epstein victims who came forward and spoke at the Epstein Bail Hearing this morning.. #MondayMotivation…
2-"NEW YORK — Two women who say they were sexually abused by jet-setting financier Jeffrey Epstein stood just feet from the multimillionaire in a federal courtroom Monday, urging a judge to reject his bid to be released on bail and briefly describing what they said he had done to
3-"them. The women spoke at a hearing before U.S. District Judge Richard Berman, who said he would decide Thursday whether Epstein should remain locked up. Annie Farmer told the judge that she was 16 years old when she had the “misfortune” of meeting Epstein in New York, and he
4-"flew her to New Mexico. “He was inappropriate with me,” she said. As she spoke, she choked up and said she preferred not to provide more details. Epstein appeared to stare at her during the statement. Courtney Wild said Epstein abused her in Palm Beach, Fla.,
5-"starting when she was just 14. “He is a scary person to have walking the street,” she said. Epstein, 66, was arrested just more than a week ago and charged federally with sexually abusing dozens of children from 2002 to 2005. His case has riveted the nation, in part because
6-"of his wealth and in part because of a controversial plea deal he reached with prosecutors in 2008 to resolve similar allegations. The deal allowed Epstein to spend just more than a year in jail. It was approved by then U.S. Attorney Alex Acosta, who was later tapped to be
7-"President Trump’s Labor Secretary but resigned Friday amid the metastasizing controversy surrounding his handling of Epstein’s earlier case. Epstein has pleaded not guilty to the new charges, and his defense attorneys have claimed prosecutors are inappropriately bringing a new
8-"case based on allegations that Epstein thought were covered by his earlier agreement. Berman convened Monday’s hearing to help determine whether Epstein should remain jailed in advance of his trial. As they have in the past, prosecutors portraye d Epstein as an unrepentant sex
9-"criminal whose incredible wealth would give him the means to flee, and noted that just that morning they had accessed a safe in which he kept piles of cash, dozens of diamonds and a curious, expired passport from the 1980s that had a photo of Epstein’s face but a different
10-"name. It listed the owner’s residence as Saudi Arabia, they said. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex Rossmiller said, though, that prosecutors have an incomplete picture of Epstein’s wealth, because the one-page summary of his finances filed with the court does not list his bank
11-"accounts or say where else he might have cash or valuables stored. Taking particular aim at Epstein’s offer to pay for 24-7 security if he were released to home confinement, Rossmiller said: “What the defendant is asking for here is special treatment, to build his own jail,
12-" to be limited in his own gilded cage.” He added: “The court should have no confidence that the defendant would stick around.” Prosecutors in the U.S. attorney’s office in the Southern District of New York have previously asserted that Epstein is worth more than $500 million,
13-"counts among his many properties his own private island, and has access to two private jets. When he was arrested, investigators searched his home and found hundreds or possibly thousands of images of nude or partially nude females, some of whom appeared to be children.
14-"Rossmiller said investigators had identified at least one of those females. He also said several other possible victims have approached investigators since Epstein’s arrest, asserting that prosecutors had been able to “dramatically expand” their investigation and claiming
15-"their case was “getting stronger every single day.” Prosecutors also alleged that Epstein has a history of trying to obstruct inquiries into his misdeeds, and on Friday, they revealed he had paid $350,000 to two people investigators had identified as co-conspirators.
16-"The timing of the payments — soon after the Miami Herald began reporting on his case in 2018 — suggested Epstein was trying to “influence” the people, prosecutors alleged. Defense attorney Martin Weinberg said prosecutors had not proved the payments were not just an
17-" “act of generosity,” and said that when the Herald article was published, Epstein did not believe he was in legal jeopardy. There was, however, ongoing civil litigation about the case at the time, and David Boies, who represents some who allege Epstein abused them,
18-"said Epstein pressured witnesses not to cooperate. Epstein’s defense attorneys have argued he should be freed on bail, albeit with stringent conditions. They said in court filings he was willing to put up his Manhattan mansion and a private jet as collateral, and agree to
19-"home confinement and GPS monitoring. Weinberg argued Monday that Epstein had not been accused of wrongdoing since 2005, when he learned he was under investigation in Florida. “He wasn’t a predator who couldn’t control himself,” Weinberg said. “He disciplined himself.”
20-"Berman appeared skeptical of that argument. Some studies have shown that recidivisms among sexual abusers increases significantly after 15 years, the judge said. [THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT!!] “It’s not like he is an out of control rapist,” Weinberg said.
21-"“How do you know?” Berman countered. [Berman's not buying it] Epstein is being held in the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan, the same federal jail that houses notorious drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman." ~WaPo, 7/15/19, 1:59pm
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