Published: Wed, August 14, 2019

Scrutiny of Epstein's death and co-conspirators intensifies

Scrutiny of Epstein's death and co-conspirators intensifies

No cause of death has officially been revealed for Epstein, who according to the Manhattan U.S. Attorney was found dead in his cell on August 10 after what was officially called an "apparent suicide".

The multi-millionaire, who hobnobbed with numerous politicians and celebrities over the years, was awaiting trial on federal charges he trafficked underage girls for sex.

Mr Barr, the top USA law enforcement official, vowed to carry on the case against anyone who was complicit with Epstein.

At the same time, Barr warned on August 12 that any co-conspirator in the ongoing criminal probe "should not rest easy".

Epstein was already a registered sex offender after pleading guilty in 2008 to Florida state charges of unlawfully paying a teenage girl for sex. "Other than the obvious relationship of being brothers, the only other relationship between Jeffrey and I is as landlord/tenant", Mark Epstein told the Wall Street Journal.

"There are Federal Bureau of Investigation agents conducting enforcement operations in the US Virgin Islands", said Federal Bureau of Investigation spokesman Guillermo Gonzalez, declining further comment. Barr announced Saturday that both the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department's inspector general would each open probes into the circumstances surrounding Epstein's death.

"I was appalled and frankly angry to learn of the ( Metropolitan Correctional Centre's) failure to adequately secure this prisoner", Barr said in a speech in New Orleans.

Barr did not say what those irregularities were.

"Apparent suicide" is the only official cause given so far.

His death touched off outrage from Attorney General William Barr, politicians and many of Epstein's alleged victims, who fear that they may lose their day in court now that Epstein is dead.

Kupec said James Petrucci, the warden at the Federal Correctional Institution in Otisville, New York, will become acting warder at MCC, replacing Shirley Skipper-Scott.

Bradley J. Edwards, attorney for Epstein accusers Jane Doe 1 and Jane Doe 2, submitted a statement to the USA district court in southern Florida on Monday seeking to cancel the remaining provisions of the deal.

Although the circumstances leading to Epstein's death are being investigated, officials have said that he hung himself with the sheets in his jail cell.

The Bureau of Prisons did not respond to repeated requests for details about Epstein's death.

Epstein was not on suicide watch when he died, though he had previously been put on suicide watch in July. They are also issued tear-resistant clothing to thwart attempts to fashion nooses and are placed in cells that are stripped of furniture or fixtures they could use to kill themselves.

There, Epstein was supposed to have been checked on by a guard about every 30 minutes.

On Tuesday, a union official for workers at the jail told the Washington Post that one of the guards on Epstein's unit on Saturday - when he died - was not a regular correctional officer, but rather another form of prison employee who was directed to operate as a guard due to staffing shortages.

Jeffrey Epstein used a bedsheet tied to a bunk bed to hang himself in his NY jail cell, according to reports; Bryan Llenas has the latest.

Guiffer, who said she was used as a "sex slave" for Epstein from 1999 to 2002, alleged that Maxwell was a "primary co-conspirator" in the scheme. Maxwell is said to be Epstein's ex-girlfriend turned business associate.

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