FBI and DoJ launch investigations into Jeffrey Epstein’s death

The Guardian – By Tom McCarthy – Sun 11 Aug 2019

Investigations into Epstein’s death to ask why he was taken off suicide watch as accusers express outrage.

Fallout from the death by apparent suicide of the disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein in a New York City jail cell intensified on Sunday, as authorities in three separate jurisdictions opened investigations into the death and alleged victims expressed outrage at not being able to confront Epstein in court.

Epstein, 66, was accused of sex trafficking crimes going back to the early 2000s involving dozens of women and girls as young as 14. His body was discovered by staff at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan, New York, at 6:30am Saturday morning, the facility said.

The Federal Bureau of Investigations, the inspector general’s office of the US justice department and the New York City medical examiner’s office have all opened investigations into why Epstein, who had been placed on suicide watch for a week last month, had not remained under special monitoring.

On the night before Epstein was found dead, a pair of guards at the jail failed to follow procedures that would have required a visual check-in on him every 30 minutes, New York Times quoted an unnamed law enforcement official as saying. The jail is understaffed, a labor union said, and one of the guards was working his fifth straight day of overtime while the other had been forced to work overtime.

Epstein was found dead about 24 hours after court documents in a related case shed new light on his alleged crimes. The documents were gathered as part of a defamation case brought against former Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell, daughter of the publishing tycoon Robert Maxwell. The suit was settled in 2017. Lawyers for Maxwell did not reply to media requests for comment.

Court documents described how Epstein allegedly groomed girls for rape and sexual abuse, recruiting the victims at schools or, in one significant case, at Mar-a-Lago, Donald Trump’s Florida resort.

Epstein, who owned a Caribbean island, a private jet and who traveled abroad frequently, was deemed a flight risk at a court hearing last month and denied bail. He last appeared in court two weeks ago.

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UPDATE: From The Guardian Tuesday Augugst 13, 2019

The US justice department said on Tuesday that two guards assigned to watch Jeffrey Epstein at the New York jail in which he died have been placed on leave and the warden temporarily reassigned.

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