'Justice must still be served': Epstein accusers express anger over his death

Carla Harmon
August 11, 2019

He had been placed on suicide watch and given daily psychiatric evaluations after an incident a little over two weeks ago in which Epstein was found with bruising on his neck, according to a person familiar with the matter who wasn't authorized to discuss it publicly.

Rumors circulated on Saturday that the cameras supposedly monitoring Epstein had mysteriously "malfunctioned" at the time of his death, adding fuel to the theories of foul play already circulating.

The Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman described in his statement that Epstein's death was "disturbing" while acknowledging that his death would present "another hurdle to giving Epstein's many victims their day in Court".

Epstein's many accusers remained determined to pursue those they say helped him. "Because the public has a right to know, I'm calling for a congressional investigation". The hundreds of names included Clinton and future President Donald Trump, who are among people known to have socialized with him.

"To those fearless young women who have already come forward and to the many others who have yet to do so, let me reiterate that we remain committed to standing for you", Berman said in his statement.

The Justice Department is reviewing the process that led to Epstein's 2008 plea bargain.

"The coward and serial predator may have taken his own life but we shall continue to seek justice on behalf of our clients", Josh Schiller, a lawyer for some of Epstein's alleged victims, said in a text message.

US prosecutors said Epstein used his wealth and power to sexually abuse dozens of young girls for years at his homes, paying them hundreds of dollars in cash for each encounter and hundreds more if they brought in more victims.

At the time of his death, Epstein was awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges. According to numerous published reports, Epstein's death will not end the Justice Department's criminal investigation into Epstein's crimes.

Fernich also said that reporters, plaintiffs' lawyers and court officials "should be ashamed of their behavior" following Epstein's indictment last month.

"The reckoning of accountability begun by the voices of fearless and truthful victims should not end with Jeffrey Epstein's cowardly and shameful suicide", said Sigrid McCawley, attorney for Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who has claimed that Epstein kept her as a teenage "sex slave". "How convenient for a lot of rich and powerful men", Scarborough tweeted. It's not yet clear how Epstein's death will affect the investigation into his abuse of countless underage girls or the potential consequences for his accomplices. Last month, a judge refused Epstein's request to release him on bail and allow him to live under 24-hour guard in his opulent townhouse on Manhattan's Upper East Side.

The charges were announced more than a decade after he pleaded guilty in Florida to state charges of solicitation of prostitution from a minor in a deal with prosecutors that has been widely criticized as too lenient.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is now investigating Epstein's time spent in work release under the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.

Similarly, Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) called Epstein's death an "impossibility" and called for a congressional probe.

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