Published: Mon, August 12, 2019

Epstein's guards worked extreme OT shifts morning of death

Epstein's guards worked extreme OT shifts morning of death

In addition, the decision to remove an inmate from suicide watch would normally have to have been OK'd by the jail's suicide prevention program coordinator and then approved by the warden, according to NBC News, which cited protocols.

According to The Associated Press, which cited a source, the guards in the center were working overtime because it was short-staffed.

An investigation must take place to determine how Epstein was able to die while in federal custody.

After Epstein's first suicide attempt, his cellmate, Nicholas Tartaglione, 51, a former NY police officer in jail and facing the death penalty for allegedly kidnapping and killing four men, was questioned in regards to the incident.

Both the FBI and the Justice Department's Inspector General have launched independent investigations into the circumstances of Epstein's death, which was reportedly the result of hanging.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons declined to comment Sunday. "They've been looking for justice for many, many years", she said on Fox News Sunday.

The autopsy of Jeffrey Epstein, the well-connected financier accused of orchestrating a sex-trafficking ring, is complete. Those gripes are now part of the investigation into whether the 30-minute checks were happening, sources said. But he was taken off the watch at the end of July and therefore wasn't on it at the time of his death, the person said.

The medical examiner's determination is pending further information, Dr. Barbara Sampson, chief medical examiner of the City of NY, said in a press release. It remains unknown whether that incident was a suicide attempt or an assault by another inmate.

The source also mentioned that Epstein's cellmate had been transferred out of their shared unit, which is another violation of the jail's procedures.

Getty Court police officers outside Manhattan court house during Jeffrey Epstein's bail hearing. A private pathologist observed the autopsy examination at the request of Epstein's representatives, which is routine, Sampson said. "Inquiries regarding the determination of the chief medical examiner should be directed towards my office". "This is routine practice", Barbara Sampson, the city's chief medical examiner, said in a August 11 statement.

"Epstein's arrest drew national attention, particularly focusing on a deal that allowed Epstein to plead guilty in 2008 to soliciting a minor for prostitution in Florida and avoid more serious federal charges".

"There's so many avenues that have yet to be investigated ... not only on Epstein himself and the crimes he committed - and what other people might have helped him do and other co-conspirators involved in this - but also on how this whole thing happened back in 2008 and why it happened, and whether there's any corruption there to look at", Brown said.

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