(Tea Party 247) – Eleven years ago, billionaire Jeffrey Epstein received what was basically a slap on the wrist for crimes relating to the molestation of young girls — the number of victims is in the dozens — but the victims of these horrific crimes could be one step closer to finally getting the justice they deserved all those years ago. We’re talking a possible federal prosecution beyond the incidents at Palm Beach.
Back in 2007, Epstein made a deal with the U.S. Attorney’s office that made it possible for him to avoid getting locked up behind bars for life, a punishment he richly deserved. The agreement was brokered by Alexander Acosta, the former federal prosecutor and current Labor Secretary. The agreement allowed Epstein to plead guilty to a couple of minor state charges.
Epstein ended up spending 13 months of an 18 month sentence behind bars in a private wing of a county stockade. Yes, that’s right. He avoided hardcore prison where folks of his kind usually do not mix with general prison populations very well. What makes this sentence even more egregious is that he spent the majority of his time out on work release. The vast majority of his time was spent in a cushy, comfortable office for 12 hours a day, six days a week.
The Daily Beast has more:
Spencer Kuvin, who represented three of Epstein’s victims, including the 14-year-old girl who first tipped off Palm Beach police to the hedge-funder’s alleged abuse of teenagers, told The Daily Beast that one of his clients was happy to finally get a chance to speak with prosecutors— but has long been frustrated that justice was never served.
According to Kuvin, the assistant U.S. Attorney he met with appeared to examine two issues: What do Epstein’s victims want the government to do? And if an investigation was reopened, would Epstein’s alleged assaults rise to the level of federal crimes?
“I think they’re asking it, because as a federal prosecutor you want to know whether this is a potential federal crime or state crime,” Kuvin said. “If they determined that it did [cross state lines], they have potential for prosecuting it.”
Kuvin said the assistant prosecutor raised this question before one of his clients disclosed her preferred remedies, of which federal charges are the priority.
If Epstein can’t be charged, Kuvin added, the woman wants the government to open the record, making public the entire federal case file, including external communications and internal discussions within the prosecutor’s office on Epstein.
“And then lastly, I know my client said, ‘I want Acosta to step down.’”
These poor women have spent the majority of their lives trying to find ways to cope with the awful trauma they experienced at the hands of Epstein, and to add insult to injury, they can see that there’s a different standard of justice that applies to the super rich, one in which they can get away with carrying out heinous crimes. This is unacceptable and must be remedy immediately. Epstein needs to truly be punished for his crimes.
Sure, justice like this won’t heal the wounds for these victims, but it will provide some type of closure that could be a great comfort to them as they continue their lives.