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The Department of Justice found “poor judgement” but no “misconduct” in former U.S. Attorney Alex Acosta’s decision to scrap an investigation into Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking, according to the Daily Caller.
“OPR concludes that the subjects did not commit professional misconduct with respect to the development, negotiation, and approval of the NPA,” the report said.
“OPR found no clear and unambiguous standard that required Acosta to indict Epstein on federal charges or that prohibited his decision to defer prosecution to the state.”
“Furthermore, none of the individual terms of the NPA violated Department or other applicable standards.”
“She also provided a lengthy memorandum summarizing the evidence she had assembled in support of the charges and addressing the legal issues related to the proposed charges. For several weeks following submission of the prosecution memorandum and proposed indictment, the AUSA’s supervisors reviewed the case to determine how to proceed.”
“Victims were not informed of, or consulted about, a potential state resolution or the NPA prior to its signing.”
“Letting a well-connected billionaire get away with child rape and international sex trafficking isn’t ‘poor judgment’ — it is a disgusting failure. Americans ought to be enraged. Jeffrey Epstein should be rotting behind bars today, but the Justice Department failed Epstein’s victims at every turn.”
“The DOJ’s crooked deal with Epstein effectively shut down investigations into his child sex trafficking ring and protected his co-conspirators in other states. Justice has not been served.”
“The full report needs to be released to the public. OPR might have finished its report, but we have an obligation to make sure this never happens again.”
Epstein died of an apparent suicide in a federal jail in New York City in 2019
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Palm Beach P.D. brought a case that involved a 14-year-old girl giving Epstein a massage before the State Attorney’s Office. Palm Beach County grand jury indicted Epstein for felony solicitation of prostitution on July 19, 2006.
Palm Beach police chief and the lead detective thought the state grand jury did not fully address Epstein’s crimes. They referred the case to the FBI, which brought it to an unnamed assistant U.S. attorney that “worked with two FBI case agents to develop a federal case against Epstein and, in the course of the investigation, they discovered additional victims.”
The AUSA drafted a “60-count indictment outlining charges against Epstein,” which she submitted in May 2007 to her supervisors.