WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- The criminal sex trafficking case against Jeffrey Epstein was formally dismissed this Thursday following his death in jail earlier this month.
- The federal judge explained at Tuesday’s court hearing that he was legally bound to dismiss the case.
- Sixteen women accused Epstein of sexual abuse at Tuesday’s court hearing — some of which lamented that his death had robbed them of the opportunity to obtain justice.
Jeffrey Epstein’s death earlier this month has prompted a federal judge to formally dismiss the criminal sex trafficking case against him this Thursday.
U.S. District Judge Richard Berman explained at Tuesday’s court hearing that he was legally bound to dismiss the case.
The prosecutors assured that the investigation into Epstein’s alleged crimes would continue and possible co-conspirators can still be charged in the future.
Epstein’s lawyers have not yet provided any comment.
The 66-year-old financier has been known to have close relations with U.S. President Donald Trump, former President Bill Clinton, and Britain’s Prince Andrew.
On July 6, authorities arrested the multi-millionaire for sex trafficking charges which involved dozens of girls as young as 14. He had pleaded not guilty.
On Aug. 10, his dead body was found in his Manhattan jail cell after he was taken off suicide watch. According to a New York City medical examiner, the cause of death was suicide by hanging.
Several people, including Epstein’s lawyers, doubted the examiner’s conclusion. A law enforcement source informed Reuters that the FBI is examining the two cameras outside his cell, which malfunctioned that night.
Jail guards were tasked to conduct separate checks on all prisoners every 30 minutes, but according to a source, two jail guards failed to follow procedure that night.
Sixteen women accused Epstein of sexual abuse at Tuesday’s court hearing. Some of the victims lamented that his death had robbed them of the opportunity to obtain justice.