The Jeffery Epstein case has been dropped
Legal proceedings in Epstein case declared ended
Several women alleged to have been sexually abused by Jeffrey Epstein vented their anger at a hearing in New York on Tuesday. At the appointment, the court formally dismissed the US billionaire suicide charges, the New York Times reported. After Epstein was found dead in his prison cell, the criminal case has now been declared over.
The alleged victims had the opportunity to speak up. One woman complained that Epstein's suicide deprived her and others of the opportunity to confront him in court. She called him a coward for killing himself. She is angry and sad. "The judiciary has never been of any help in this case." Another said that Epstein victimized her a second time with his suicide. "It felt like a new trauma."
Epstein was found dead in his New York cell two weeks ago. An autopsy confirmed the 66-year-old's suicide. The former investment banker is said to have sexually abused underage girls for years and incited them to prostitution. He is also said to have forced some of the girls to recruit more. If convicted, he would have threatened up to 45 years in prison.
It was later revealed that he had been left in his cell for too long before his suicide because the guards slept on duty. He was not checked for three hours. Attorney General William Barr spoke of "serious irregularities" in relation to Epstein's conditions of detention. "We'll do everything we can to find out what happened here."
Judge Richard M. Berman held the hearing after prosecutors wrote to him that they would drop charges on Epstein's death - a decision that requires judicial approval. It is important to him to shed light on the Epstein case and its outcome, says Berman. It is also "the responsibility of the court that victims are treated fairly and with dignity". Due to the large number of people, the hearing was moved to a particularly spacious hall.
Prosecutors stressed, according to NBC, that despite the dismissal of the charges against Epstein, investigations against others involved in the crimes alleged against him are still ongoing. According to media reports, the investigations are likely to focus primarily on Epstein's long-term partner Ghislaine Maxwell. (red, August 27, 2019)
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