Attorney General Cites ‘Irregularities’ at Jail Where Epstein Died

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U.S. Attorney General William Barr said on Monday there were “serious irregularities” at the federal prison in New York City where Jeffrey Epstein died in an apparent suicide, adding that the investigation into the disgraced money manager’s sex crimes would continue.

“Any co-conspirators should not rest easy,” Barr, the top U.S. law enforcement official, said during a speech at an event in New Orleans.

Epstein was found dead on Saturday, having apparently hanged himself in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in lower Manhattan where he was being held on new sex-trafficking charges. He was already a registered sex offender after pleading guilty in 2008 to Florida state charges of unlawfully paying a teenage girl for sex.

Barr announced on Saturday that he had asked the Justice Department’s inspector general to investigate Epstein’s death.

In his remarks on Monday at the Grand Lodge Fraternal Order of Police’s National Biennial Conference, Barr said the criminal case against Epstein was personally important to him and that the financier’s death denied his victims the chance to confront Epstein in a courtroom.

“I was appalled – and indeed the whole department was – and frankly angry to learn of the MCC’s failure to adequately secure this prisoner,” Barr said. “We are now learning of serious irregularities at this facility that are deeply concerning and demand a thorough investigation.”

Barr did not say what those irregularities were. The decision by officials at the Bureau of Prisons not to keep Epstein on a suicide watch by guards has come under scrutiny.

The prison where Epstein died is run by the federal Bureau of Prisons, a division of the U.S. Justice Department.

Prior to his state conviction for sex crimes, Epstein had counted U.S. President Donald Trump and former President Bill Clinton among his associates.

The New York City medical examiner said an autopsy had been completed on Epstein on Sunday but that a determination on the cause of death is still pending.

Epstein was arrested on July 6 and pleaded not guilty to federal charges of sex trafficking involving dozens of underage girls as young as 14, from at least 2002 to 2005.

(Reporting by Jonathan Allen and Matthew Lavietes; Editing by Will Dunham)

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Screwtape
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Sorry WHC.
Now IJR won’t even allow first replies to be viewed. I’m sure you had something cogent to add, unlike a certain biter, err, bitter woman from PA who appears to be stalking me or a self-admitted confused idiot/liar.

I often wonder what draws them here, where they are both mocked and disliked. Maybe they were abused as children and learned to love the trauma. Maybe they were neglected and all they can handle is negative attention.

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The perv Epstein may have been mourning his loss of money BUT he still had working lawyers and possible appeals. He still had connections/blackmail victims AND he came back to the same deviancy after his 2008 convictions. Considering his earlier suicide attempt/assault WHY didn’t his jailors have a 24-hr video monitor? Why did they miss his 30-minute checks? (It should have been much shorter than that as asphyxiation can take 2-3 minutes) Why didn’t he have a cellmate, as is the normal practice? As more is revealed I’m thinking the conspiracy theorists may be on to something, i.e. he was… Read more »

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