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Reports: 20 Prison Workers Subpoenaed in Epstein Probe

Reports: 20 Prison Workers Subpoenaed in Epstein Probe
A New York Medical Examiner's car is parked outside the Metropolitan Correctional Center where financier Jeffrey Epstein committed suicide. (Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 23 August 2019 06:59 AM

Federal prosecutors have subpoenaed up to 20 staff members at the jail where Jeffrey Epstein killed himself.

That's according to a person familiar with the investigation who spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because grand jury proceedings are secret.

A CNN report cites a source saying prosecutors had invited the officers to speak voluntarily, but they refused without guarantees of immunity.

abut the officers refused to do so without a form of immunity that would protect them from criminal exposure, the source with knowledge of the situation said.

If they are questioned before a grand jury, some of the corrections officers would likely invoke their Fifth Amendment right to decline self-incriminating testimony, the source said.

The subpoenas suggest authorities may be pursuing criminal charges against employees at New York's Metropolitan Correctional Center, where Epstein took his own life Aug. 10.

Since Epstein's death, there has been mounting evidence that employees at the jail abdicated their responsibility to keep the 66-year-old from killing himself while he awaited trial on charges of sexually abusing teenage girls.

A Justice Department official told the AP last week that several people, including guards, were not cooperating with the investigation.

The warden has been transferred and several guards placed on administrative leave since Epstein's death

This report contains material from The Associated Press.

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Federal prosecutors have subpoenaed up to 20 staff members at the jail where Jeffrey Epstein killed himself.That's according to a person familiar with the investigation who spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity...
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