Deal with the Devil

“The crimes committed by Epstein are horrific, and I am pleased that NY prosecutors are moving forward with a case based on new evidence.” So tweeted current Labor Dept Secretary (and the former US Attorney who gave Jeffrey Epstein the deal of the century) Alex Acosta, in an effort to quiet the increasingly loud calls for him resign.

+ NYT: Seized Photos of Nude Girls Deepens Questions About Jeffrey Epstein’s 2008 Deal.

+ How ridiculous was the deal? Former federal prosecutor Ken White in The Atlantic: “Epstein’s team secured the deal of the millennium, one utterly unlike anything else I’ve seen in 25 years of practicing federal criminal law. Epstein agreed to plead guilty to state charges, register as a sex offender, and spend 13 months in county jail, during which time he was allowed to spend 12 hours a day, 6 days a week, out of the jail on ‘work release.’ In exchange, the Southern District of Florida abandoned its criminal investigation of Epstein’s conduct, agreed not to prosecute him federally, and—incredibly—agreed not to prosecute anyone else who helped him procure underage girls for sex. This is not normal; it is astounding.”

+ Vox: Jeffrey Epstein’s connections to Donald Trump and Bill Clinton. (Some of the partisan responses to the Epstein case have been a bit much. I don’t care if you’re red or blue, if you rape kids, you’re officially not part of my party.)

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