In 2005, law enforcement began investigating politically-connected billionaire Jeffrey Epstein for sexual abuse and exploitation of minor girls at his mansion in Palm Beach, Florida. Eventually, federal prosecutors opened their own investigation.
Then the feds quietly cut a shocking deal to back off and not prosecute if Epstein pled guilty to minor state charges. Epstein was convicted of “procuring a person under the age of 18 for prostitution” and served just 13 months. But that wasn’t the end of the Jeffrey Epstein case.
We won’t attempt an update on the Epstein case here. It has been unfolding in the news media internationally for days, with new allegations involving Britain’s Prince Andrew and famous defense attorney Alan Dershowitz. News Link: http://bit.ly/1s1gQQ9
What we do want to draw your attention to is the legal battle being waged by the plaintiffs’ attorneys not against Epstein, but against the U.S. government. Former federal judge and victims’ rights attorney Paul Cassell and his partners say the Justice Department violated the federal Crime Victims Rights Act when they cut their “sweetheart plea deal” with Epstein without consulting his victims, and they want the deal reversed.
The feds argue the CVRA didn’t apply and they had no duty to let victims know what they were up to because no formal charges had been filed in the case yet. Cassell says that’s not the spirit or letter of the law.
In a related case, the Washington Times reports that Cassell has taken aim at U.S. attorney general nominee Loretta Lynch, telling a Congressional committee that she “never told victims in a major stock fraud case that a culprit had been sentenced–denying them a chance to seek restitution of some $40 million in losses.”