Jeffrey Epstein will remain in jail while awaiting his trial on sex-trafficking charges, a federal judge ruled Thursday, rejecting his request to be placed under house arrest in his Manhattan apartment.
Mr. Epstein has been in custody at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in lower Manhattan since his July 6 arrest. He pleaded not guilty last week to sex-trafficking counts stemming from what federal prosecutors allege was a years-long scheme to procure and sexually abuse dozens of girls.
The bail decision means Mr. Epstein is likely to spend more time in jail awaiting trial in New York than he did in Florida after pleading guilty in 2008 to two state counts following an investigation into similar allegations of sex abuse against minors. As part of that deal, prosecutors agreed not to charge him with any federal sex crimes, and he spent much of his 13-month sentence outside prison due to work-release privileges.
In the New York case, Mr. Epstein’s lawyers sought to have him released on bail, saying Mr. Epstein posed no risk of flight or danger to the community. They proposed that Mr. Epstein remain in home confinement at his Manhattan townhouse, with surveillance cameras, armed guards, GPS monitoring and appointed “trustees” in place to ensure his appearance in court.
Prosecutors from the U.S. attorney’s office argued that Mr. Epstein, has the means and motive to flee the country. They also said he might, if released, intimidate witnesses and interfere with the continuing investigation.
In arguing to keep Mr. Epstein detained, the government cited the fact that during a search of Mr. Epstein’s Manhattan mansion after his arrest, law enforcement agents found a locked safe containing an Austrian passport, more than $70,000 in cash and 48 loose diamonds. The passport, which is now expired, showed a photograph of Mr. Epstein but contains a different name and lists his residence as Saudi Arabia, prosecutors said.
Stamps in the passport showed it was used to enter France, Spain, the U.K. and Saudi Arabia in the 1980s, according to the government. Prosecutors said the passport shows Mr. Epstein knows how to obtain false travel documents and assume foreign identities.
The defense said Mr. Epstein was given the passport by a friend in the 1980s to protect himself against “potential kidnappers, hijackers or terrorists” when traveling in the Middle East. The stamps don’t reflect his true travel, and he has no citizenship other than in the U.S., his lawyers said.
The decision is similar to one U.S. District Judge Richard Berman made in 2016. He denied bail in an Iranian sanctions case to a wealthy Turkish defendant who had proposed similar conditions of release. At the time, the judge said rich defendants who pose a flight risk shouldn’t be allowed to buy their release by constructing a private jail.
EPSTEIN PROVING "RADIOACTIVE" FOR ELITE
As the Jeffrey Epstein case continues to unfold, a laundry list of celebrities, business magnates and socialites who have flown anywhere near the registered sex offender's orbit are now tainted with pedo-polonium. Many of them, such as Bill Clinton, Ehud Barak, and Victoria's Secret boss Les Wexner have sought to distance themselves from Epstein and his activities - however their attempts have fallen on deaf ears considering their extensive ties to the pedophile.
As Vanity Fair's Gabriel Sherman notes, "The questions about Epstein are metastasizing much faster than they can be answered: Who knew what about Epstein’s alleged abuse? How, and from whom, did Epstein get his supposed $500 million fortune? Why did Acosta grant Epstein an outrageously lenient non-prosecution agreement? (And what does it mean that Acosta was reportedly told Epstein “belonged to intelligence”?)"
Also illuminating is a statement by attorney Brad Edwards, who said during a Wednesday press conference seated next to Epstein accuser Courtneey Wild that "There were other business associates of Mr. Epstein’s who engaged in improper sexual misconduct at one or more of his homes. We do know that," adding "In due time the names are going to start coming out."
HAL TURNER COMMENTARY
This Epstein case is turning out to be the Achilles heel for the entire power structure of the world. Big, recognizable, names are going to come out as child rapists, molesters, and perverts. RUMORS - as yet completely unsubstantiated - suggest the so-called "Orgy Island" that Epstein owns, had "torture rooms, kill rooms, and CANABALISM rooms" for the Elite to "play" in.
If any of this turns out to be true, (and RUMORS in the Intel Community suggest it is) the world is going to be shocked by revelations and by WHO has done such things.
I am of the belief there will be such a ferocious public backlash over what comes out, not even the wealthiest, most-connected, will be able to escape justice.
I have cause to think the world will be utterly aghast at what comes out, and who has done it. And when I say "aghast" I mean it.
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