Federal court moves to unseal documents in Jeffrey Epstein scandal

Federal court moves to unseal documents in Jeffrey Epstein scandal

  • Federal court moves to unseal documents in Jeffrey Epstein scandal.
  • A federal court of appeals in New York on Monday took the first step in unsealing documents that could reveal evidence of an international sex trafficking operation allegedly run by multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein and his former partner, British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell.
  • In an op-ed letter to The New York Times last week, Weinberg and three of Epstein’s other lawyers – including Kenneth Starr, known for his pursuit of President Bill Clinton over his sexual conduct – denied that Epstein ever ran a sex trafficking operation.
  • Dershowitz’s lawyer, Andrew G. Celli Jr., wanted the court to release three documents immediately, saying they were necessary to clear the name of his client, who has been accused of being involved in Epstein’s crimes.
  • In 2008, Epstein received a controversial plea deal that gave him and an untold number of others who were not named immunity from federal prosecution.
  • A federal judge ruled on Feb. 22 that the deal was illegal because Acosta kept it from Epstein’s victims in violation of the Crime Victims’ Rights Act, a federal law that grants victims certain rights, including the right to be told about a plea deal and to appear at sentencing.
  • As part of the deal, Epstein pleaded guilty to two prostitution charges in state court.