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Epstein Dead, But Case Not Over

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By    |   Saturday, 10 August 2019 12:58 PM

The investigation into charges Jeffrey Epstein sexually abused dozens of underage girls will likely continue, as lawmakers and lawyers for some of his accusers say they will continue to seek justice despite the disgraced financier's death by suicide.

Details surrounding Epstein's death are also being probed as the high-profile inmate had recently been placed on suicide watch as a result of an earlier injury while in prison last month.

Epstein, 66, hanged himself overnight in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York, a federal jail in Manhattan. He was being held on federal sex trafficking charges and was facing up to 45 years in prison.

His arrest last month launched separate investigations into how authorities handled his case initially when similar charges were first brought against him in Florida more than a decade ago.

The timing around his suicide is being questioned as it comes a day after a federal court unsealed a trove of documents from a lawsuit by one of his accusers against his mysterious girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell.

Virginia Giuffre accused Maxwell of procuring girls for sexual abuse by Epstein and some of his powerful friends, including former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, wealthy financier Glenn Dubin, Britain's Prince Andrew, former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, modeling scout Jean-Luc Brunel, and scientist Marvin Minsky.

The Department of Justice says the FBI is investigating Epstein's suicide.

According to NBC News, Epstein was not on suicide watch at the time of his death and was housed alone in a cell.

Still, pundits are questioning the details of his imprisonment.

Former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara on Saturday tweeted his confusion about the incident.

"So it seems that Epstein was in the Special Housing Unit (SHU) but not recently on suicide watch, which according to BOP's Suicide Prevention Program, requires removal from the SHU," he said.

"I'm dumbfounded. . . . It's possible Epstein was placed on suicide watch for some time and then returned to the SHU, prematurely. DOJ says FBI is investigating. Public deserves answers."

A criminal investigation into how deputies handled Epstein's detention when he first pleaded guilty to state prostitution charges 11 years ago is also being looked into – Gov. Ron DeSantis earlier this week directed the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to take over the case.

Epstein only served about 13 months in county jail, much of it with permission to work from his office during the day.

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Lawmakers and lawyers for some of his accusers say they will continue to seek justice despite disgraced financier's Jeffrey Epstein's death by suicide.
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