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'Serious Irregularities' At Jail Where Epstein Died, Attorney General Says

Jeffrey Epstein's Jail Guards Were Working Substantial Overtime Before His Death – Reports Jeffrey Epstein's Jail Guards Were Working Substantial Overtime Before His Death – Reports
Steven Clarke | 13 August, 2019, 08:39

Epstein's death came a day after a court released documents in which one of his alleged victims said she was forced to have sex with Britain's Prince Andrew and some well-known American political and business personalities.

Attorney General William Barr said Monday he was "appalled and frankly angry to learn of the (correctional facility's) failure to adequately secure this prisoner".

"The Attorney General has stated that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Inspector General of the Department of Justice are investigating the death of Mr. Epstein, and we look forward to learning the results of their inquiries", Nadler and Collins wrote.

He added: "We will get to the bottom of what happened and there will be accountability".

The attorney general also went on to put on notice associates of the financier who are understood to have played a role in his crimes.

Two French government ministers called Monday for an investigation into the alleged child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein saying a US inquiry had exposed links between the disgraced financier and France. Any co-conspirators should not rest easy.

Several of the women who have made the claims against him said they were disappointed he would not face the justice system.

Cameras located in the Metropolitan Correctional Center's 9 South Wing, the area where Epstein was housed, are pointed at areas outside the cells and not inside, unidentified people familiar with the setup told the newspaper.

The wealthy financier, who once counted Republican President Donald Trump and Democratic former President Bill Clinton as friends, was arrested on July 6 and pleaded not guilty to charges of sex trafficking involving dozens of underage girls as young as 14, from at least 2002 to 2005. A person familiar with the jail's operations told The Associated Press that a guard in Epstein's unit was working a fifth straight day of overtime and another guard was working mandatory overtime the day he was found.

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ABC News aired video Monday of Federal Bureau of Investigation agents and police arriving by boat at a private island in the U.S. Virgin Islands where Epstein had an estate.

Schoen had been speaking to Epstein weeks prior and deliberating whether or not to take on the federal sex trafficking case authorities had brought against the billionaire.

The accusers said Epstein's death rendered moot all possible objections to scrapping the agreement. Under that 2008 agreement, Epstein pleaded guilty to prostitution-related state charges and served 13 months behind bars.

Staffing shortages worsened by a partial government shutdown prompted inmates at the New York City jail to stage a hunger strike in January after they were denied family and lawyer visits.

Eight months later, the lockup remains so short-staffed that the BOP is offering correctional officers a $10,000 bonus to transfer there from other federal lockups.

Without Epstein to stand trial, legal experts told BBC's U.S. affiliate CBS News that federal prosecutors will likely dismiss the criminal case against Epstein. "It was inevitable. Our staff is severely overworked". Schoen was working another case and couldn't make it, he said.

The MCC's sister federal lockup - the Metropolitan Detention Centre in Brooklyn, which houses more than 1,600 inmates - has had its own troubles in recent years.

And as Jackson Proskow reports, new questions are being raised about the apparent disappearance of Epstein's former girlfriend.

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