A federal judge ruled Justice Department prosecutors, including current Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, broke the law by brokering a plea deal with alleged pedophile and sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein.
U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra reviewed the Palm Beach billionaire’s plea deal that earned him a mere 13 months in prison and no federal trial.
DOJ lawyers never conferred with Epstein’s victims and kept the terms of the agreement secret in violation of the Crime Victims’ Rights Act until another judge approved it. (The Daily Caller)
“Epstein used paid employees to find and bring minor girls to him,” Marra wrote, according to The Miami Herald. “Epstein worked in concert with others to obtain minors not only for his own sexual gratification, but also for the sexual gratification of others.”
“Particularly problematic was the Government’s decision to conceal the existence of the [agreement] and mislead the victims to believe that federal prosecution was still a possibility,” Marra continued. “When the Government gives information to victims, it cannot be misleading. While the Government spent untold hours negotiating the terms and implications of the [agreement] with Epstein’s attorneys, scant information was shared with victims.”
As part of the plea deal, Epstein pleaded guilty to two counts of soliciting prostitution from minors and served 13 months in a county jail. An ongoing FBI investigation into more victims of Epstein’s alleged child sex trafficking ring was halted and many of Epstein’s clients and accomplices went free without being identified publicly.
Epstein’s friends included former President Bill Clinton and President Donald Trump.
President Trump nominated Acosta to serve as Secretary of Labor in early 2017. The Senate confirmed him by a margin of 60-38.