Judge Richard M. Berman said he'll rule Thursday whether Epstein can be freed with a strict bail package, but he noted at the outset of two-hour hearing there was a presumption in cases involving sexual abuse of children that a defendant will remain locked up.
He will remain in jail in the meantime. Trump administration official Alex Acosta, who served as a USA attorney in Florida during the 2008 case, resigned as Labor Secretary on Friday after facing heavy criticism for his role in negotiating the plea deal.
As KOB 4 previously reported, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas has spoken to alleged victims of Epstein in New Mexico.
Ohio State said Tuesday that it's launching a review of monetary contributions from Jeffrey Epstein and his foundation. Two of his accusers also testified.
Prosecutors said efforts by defense lawyers to characterize Epstein's crimes as "simple prostitution" were "not only offensive but also utterly irrelevant given that federal law does not recognize the concept of a child prostitute _ there are only trafficking victims _ because a child can not legally consent to being exploited". Filings from the late 1990s in OH show both Wexner and Epstein listed as presidents of the New Albany Company.
The prosecutor said other items found in the search include cash, diamonds and a passport that appeared to have been issued by a foreign country in the 1980s that containing Epstein's photo, but someone else's name.
In a court filing last week, the lawyers said Epstein has had a "spotless 14-year record of walking the straight and narrow" since he pleaded guilty to similar offenses in Florida, and had shown "perfect compliance with onerous sex offender registration requirements". They said they planned to file a motion to dismiss the case and that Epstein should be allowed to await trial under house arrest in his $77 million Manhattan mansion, with electronic monitoring.
"He's a scary person", she said. Wild claims to have been abused by Epstein in Palm Beach, Florida.
"I was 16 years old when I had the misfortune of meeting Jeffrey Epstein in New York", Farmer said. The images were found during a raid that occurred as Epstein was arrested at Teterboro Airport on July 6.
Prosecutors said they believe Epstein might have tried to influence witnesses after discovering that he had paid a total of $350,000 to two individuals, including a former employee, in the a year ago. He looked directly at each of his accusers before they spoke.
"If he's continuing to engage with pornography of young women, I would say that would be quite the opposite of disciplining", she said. "A$3 t least one girl, who according to her counsel, was underage at the time the relevant photographs were taken", they said.
In addition, police reports, court documents and interviews with victim attorneys revealed a number of intimidation and bare-knuckle tactics that accusers and witnesses told police they faced after Florida authorities opened their first investigation into Epstein.
Weinberg defended the payouts, saying sending money to an employee or a friend "is simply not witness tampering".