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Two prison guards suspended and warden reassigned after Jeffrey Epstein's death

Two prison guards suspended and warden reassigned after Jeffrey Epstein's death

Attorney General William Barr said the federal jail where Jeffrey Epstein died had "serious irregularities", and he vowed to pursue justice for the financier's victims.

Last month, Epstein was found unconscious on the floor of his jail cell with marks on his neck, and officials were investigating that incident as a possible suicide or assault. "But he's a man with a half a million followers, a lot of followers", Trump told reporters about Williams, a comedian and conservative pundit who's been criticized in the past for saying racist things on Fox News.

Employees say budget cuts and hiring freezes put in place and have taken a toll at law enforcement agencies.

"At the very least, out of a case that's been nothing but tragedy, maybe this will at least shine a spotlight on a facility that has had serious problems for years and years", David Patton, executive director of the Federal Defenders of NY, said in an interview. The previous warden was reassigned to the bureau's Northeast Regional Office, Kupec added.

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.

The Justice Department said the warden of another facility in upstate NY has been named the acting warden at MCC.

Epstein served just 13 months in jail over the Florida charges under a plea deal struck by the then federal prosecutor in the state, Alex Acosta, who was forced to resign as USA labor secretary last month over the issue. Barr said he was "appalled" at the jail's "failure to adequately secure this prisoner". "We are now learning of serious irregularities at this facility that are deeply concerning and demand a thorough investigation". That person was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and also spoke on condition of anonymity.

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Epstein was being held in a special housing unit of the MCC and should have been checked on by the staff every 30 minutes. "But he certainly has information that would be very valuable to the investigation if they want access to it". "The FBI and the office of inspector general are doing just that". That wasn't from me.

In a brief statement on the night of August 11, Barbara Sampson, the city's chief medical examiner, said that Dr. Michael Baden observed the autopsy examination, reported the New York Daily News.

His side of the deal saw him agree to plead guilty to a state-level charges of solicitation of prostitution and procurement of minors for prostitution.

Some of Epstein's accusers have called on the federal judge overseeing that case to scrap portions of the agreement, which provided immunity to Epstein's alleged co-conspirators.

What happened here, Sasse said, was that wealth and connections "bought injustice".

In testimony released Friday, alleged victim Virginia Giuffre said she was used as a "sex slave" by Epstein and farmed out to some of his high-profile associates. But they could also decide to pursue civil forfeiture action against some of Epstein's assets - such as his NY mansion or private island - if there is evidence they were used to facilitate a crime or if they were proceeds of a crime. U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, who was the lead federal prosecutor in Florida, resigned in July because of renewed public fury over the case.

Wexner recently hired white-collar defense lawyer Mary Jo White, a partner at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP and former US attorney in Manhattan, according to a person familiar with the matter, as scrutiny of Epstein's finances intensifies.