The Latest about the aftermath of Jeffrey Epstein’s death (all times local):
A member of the Senate Judiciary Committee claims that the Justice Department should “rip up” a decade-old plea agreement that protects a number of Jeffrey Epstein’s partners from being prosecuted for their alleged role in providing him with teenaged girls.
The 2008 deal enabled Epstein to avoid a lengthy prison sentence by pleading guilty to lesser state charges. Additionally, it protects several of his partners from prosecution.
Federal prosecutors said when they billed Epstein the Florida deal does not apply to prosecutors in New York.
Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse, who heads the panel’s oversight subcommittee, asked Attorney General William Barr to affirm it’s no longer binding after Epstein’s suicide.
A Justice Department official who spoke on the condition of anonymity says Barr has recused himself from any review of the 2008 plea bargain involved with the federal investigation into Epstein.
–By Michael Balsamo
Amid revelations about Jeffrey Epstein’s death, police have intensified inquiries into what went wrong in the prison and that could still face charges in his case.
A person familiar with the matter says Epstein was supposed to have been assessed on by a guard about each 30 minutes. But researchers have learned those checks were not done for many hours before Epstein was discovered Saturday.
That person was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
Furthermore, Serene Gregg, president of the American Federation of Government Employees Local 3148, tells The Washington Post that one of the guards assigned to Epstein’s unit was not a correctional officer, but a fill-in who was pressed into service.
In the criminal case, police are apparently turning their attention to people who knew about Epstein’s penchant for underage girls.