In what might be the scandal of the millennium involving Democrats, Republicans, scions of industry, international heads of state, sex trafficking, and pedophilia, the man allegedly at the epicenter of the evil is requesting to be let out of jail pending his trial, to worry and toil in his $77 million mansion on the Upper East side of Gotham City.
Jeffrey Epstein, the financier who has been in trouble with the law for the better part of two decades over recruiting underage girls for sex, is cooling his heels as lawyers negotiate jail or bail for the current federal charges of conspiracy and sex trafficking in minors. Where is the deafening uproar by the #MeToo people? Or those homicidal-looking, red coat-wearing chicks that attended Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s hearing, or perhaps just one Democrat presidential contender? Hey CNN, covering this may boost your ratings.
But I digress.
Epstein was convicted in 2008 for soliciting an underage prostitute and served 13 months – if you can call it that. Federal officials, after identifying 36 victims, came up with this lesson-teaching sentence – “custody with work release.” What could they be thinking? Oh, right, Epstein’s little black book.
Cruel and Unusual … for Epstein
The defense team is claiming Epstein needs to be confined at his home so he may work on his defense. And what a horrible sentence that would be: a seven-story 21,000 square foot residence with five bathrooms, a two-story reception, and an elaborate dining room with a 20-foot long table. The manse is decorated with customized chess boards of scantily clad girls – modeled after his staff – a life-sized doll hanging from a chandelier, and photos with his pals. Bill Clinton is on display at Epstein’s fun house. How’s that for the prison life?
Though prosecutors say his suggested bail conditions didn’t reduce his chance of being a flight risk, Epstein did offer, amongst other things, a mortgage on this home and, if necessary, a private jet as collateral for his bail. Should his proposal be accepted, he’ll only be allowed to leave home for approved medical reasons. He would be subject to GPS monitoring and video surveillance and would even have a court appointed trustee to live there with him and report any violations to ensure compliance.
Getting Epstein Off
Epstein’s cadre of minions tapped out a legal brief to US District Judge Richard Berman in Manhattan, touting the desire their client has to clear up this misunderstanding:
“No matter how much rhetoric and hyperbole the government and media pile on a presumptively innocent citizen … his spotless 14-year record of walking the straight and narrow, complemented by an exemplary 10-year history of diligent sex offender registration and reporting, is compelling proof he was able, once the prior investigation commenced, to conform his conduct to the law’s dictates.”
Well, the problem with the legal team attempting to paint a picture of a recalcitrant, “straight and narrow” Epstein is the uncovering of disturbing “evidence” they discovered just days ago. Prosecutors claim federal agents found thousands of images of what appeared to be nude underage girls immediately after his arrest on July 6 – and that should be a violation of his registered sex offender rules and restrictions.
But before anyone sheds a tear for this pillar of society, he may be out and roaming this world in a matter of days. According to the letter sent by Epstein’s legal team to Judge Berman, he “has substantial grounds to challenge the allegations charged by the government in its indictment, and he has every intention of doing so in a lawful, professional, and principled manner.”
Here’s a list of what those grounds might be:
- 2007 Non-prosecutorial agreement – Feds “promised him immunity and a global settlement for offenses.”
- Epstein claims no trafficking – and there is no trafficking mentioned in the indictment.
- Due process – lawyer’s cry foul at arresting Epstein again for the same crimes after serving a sentence.
A bigger problem for the Justice Department may be one last added warning in the letter to Berman: “Delays of 14 years from the last alleged act and 12 years since Mr. Epstein signed the NPA are extraordinary. The government will have to explain why it purposely delayed a prosecution of someone like Mr. Epstein.”
And that may be the real reason Labor Secretary Alex Acosta has resigned from his Cabinet position. He is part of the brilliant team of lawyers from Justice who negotiated that deal. One might think Justice was covering up another – Clinton – predilection for young women.
If it took 14 years to get this man to face accusations of his alleged crimes before a jury of New Yorkers who do not have heated sidewalks, and who toil through winter as normal folks with shovels and ice salt, so be it. Let the chips fall where they may – no matter who is embarrassed – Democrats, Republicans, royalty, or leaders around the world. Time is up.