It looks like federal prosecutors have offered a plea deal to the two correctional officers responsible for guarding Jeffrey Epstein on the night of his death. Here’s the kicker… they turned it down. Either they are rock solid confident they will be found innocent or they figure there is not enough evidence to nail them. Hope they have really good attorneys.
The very existence of the proffered plea deal indicates that the DOJ is pondering criminal charges against these guards over Epstein’s suspicious demise. He allegedly hung himself in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York in August. The city’s medical examiner ruled Epstein’s death a suicide. However, other medical experts claim that it is most likely not suicide because of the pressure needed leaning forward to fracture certain bones in the neck.
Personally, I think he was offed by a professional. Epstein was into underage girls, had lots of wealthy friends and associates, and he blackmailed people left and right.
“The guards on Epstein’s unit are suspected of failing to check on him every half hour, as required, and of fabricating log entries to show they had. As part of the proposed plea deal, prosecutors wanted the guards to admit they falsified the prison records, according to the people familiar with the matter. They spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not permitted to publicly discuss the investigation.
“The U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan had no comment on the plea offer.
“Both guards were working overtime because of staffing shortages. They have been placed on administrative leave while the FBI and the Justice Department’s inspector general investigate the circumstances surrounding Epstein’s death. The 66-year-old had been awaiting trial on charges of sexually abusing teenage girls.
“Epstein was placed on suicide watch after he was found on his cell floor July 23 with bruises on his neck. Multiple people familiar with operations at the jail have said Epstein was then taken off suicide watch about a week before his death, meaning he was less closely monitored but still supposed to be checked on every 30 minutes.
“Epstein’s death exposed mounting evidence that the chronically understaffed Metropolitan Correctional Center may have bungled its responsibility to keep him alive. Guards often work overtime day after day, and other employees are pressed into service as correctional officers.
“Falsification of records has been a problem throughout the federal prison system. Kathleen Hawk Sawyer, who was named director of the Bureau of Prisons after Epstein’s death, disclosed in a Nov. 4 internal memo that a review of operations across the agency found some staff members failed to perform required rounds and inmate counts but logged that they had done so anyway.
“Falsification of information in government systems and documents is also a violation of policy, and may be subject to criminal prosecution as well,” Hawk Sawyer wrote in the memo to top prison officials, a copy of which was obtained by the AP.
“The memo also noted that staff members who are indicted by a grand jury will be placed on an indefinite, unpaid suspension until the resolution of the criminal case.
“Epstein’s ability to take his own life while incarcerated at one of the most secure jails in America ended the possibility of a trial that would have involved prominent figures. And it sparked widespread anger that he wouldn’t have to answer for the allegations. He had pleaded not guilty and was preparing to argue that he could not be charged because of a 2008 deal he made to avoid federal prosecution on similar allegations.
“The Justice Department has vowed to aggressively investigate and bring charges against anyone who may have helped Epstein. Federal prosecutors investigating the financier’s death subpoenaed up to 20 staff members at the jail in August.
“Attorney General William Barr — who has said investigators found “serious irregularities” at the jail — said the FBI’s investigation had been slowed because some witnesses had been uncooperative.
“In addition to the shakeup at the top of the Bureau of Prisons, the warden at the Metropolitan Correctional Center had also been reassigned to a desk post at a regional office.”
The suspicious death of Epstein has led many, especially on social media, to claim that Epstein was murdered by powerful people who were at risk of being outed for their involvement in his sexual crimes with underage girls. On Thursday, Epstein’s brother Mark Epstein opined publicly that he didn’t believe the pedophile had committed suicide, but rather that he had been murdered. “Jeffrey knew a lot of stuff about a lot of people,” he said.
Yes, he did and it got him killed.
It was previously reported that “[a]s many as 20” correctional officers received grand jury subpoenas in the wake of Epstein’s death. At least one forensic pathologist has pushed back on the suicide ruling, saying that Epstein’s broken bones were more consistent with homicide than suicide. That would be renowned forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Baden who has handled high-profile cases like this for over 60 years.
I have no tears for Epstein but I want those who had dirty deeds to hide to be exposed, so-to-speak.