Published: Tue, August 13, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Barr says 'irregularities' found at Epstein jail

Barr says 'irregularities' found at Epstein jail

Accused sex child trafficker Jeffrey Epstein was discovered Saturday inside his New York City prison cell with a bedsheet wrapped around his neck that was tied to his bunk bed.

The manner in which Epstein died remains a mystery, but guards on his unit were working extreme overtime shifts to make up for staffing shortages the morning of his apparent suicide, a person familiar with the jail's operations told the Associated Press.

The 66-year-old was discovered to be unresponsive early Saturday at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan in NY.

However, after the first apparent suicide attempt in late July, Tartaglione denied assaulting Epstein in his jail cell through his lawyer. "And that relief really comes from knowing that no other victims, no other girls, will be victimized ever again", says Spencer Kuvin, attorney for one of Epstein's victims.

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.

"We are enormously sorry to learn of Jeffrey Epstein's passing", Epstein's defense attorneys said in a statement Sunday.

"Let me assure you that case will continue on against anyone who was complicit with Epstein", Barr said in remarks to a law enforcement group in New Orleans on Monday. At the MCC, it's reportedly standard practice for inmates on suicide watch to be assigned a cellmate, a person to provide company for someone with suicidal tendencies, and to alert guards for any emergencies that may arise, as Tartaglione once did. The financier was facing up to 45 years in prison if convicted of conspiracy and sex trafficking dozens of underage girls in the states of NY and Florida.

Attorney General William Barr said that the U.S. Inspector General's office will open an investigation "into the circumstances of Mr. Epstein's death".

Epstein's death raises questions about how the Bureau of Prisons ensures the welfare of such high-profile inmates.

"To those courageous 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, and our investigation of the conduct charged in the Indictment - which included a conspiracy count - remains ongoing", Berman said. One resident of St. Thomas told the Associated Press that some referred to the property as "Pedophile Island".

Clinton spokesman Angel Ureña said the former president "knows nothing about the bad crimes Jeffrey Epstein pleaded guilty to in Florida some years ago, or those with which he has been recently charged in NY". "Obviously, heads must roll".

Giuffre, in an interview with The New York Times, said she's grateful Epstein will never harm anyone again, but is angry that there would be no chance to see him answer for his conduct.

His lawyers maintained that the new charges in NY were covered by the 2008 plea deal and that Epstein hadn't had any illicit contact with underage girls since serving his 13-month sentence in Florida.

Epstein was allowed to plead guilty to lesser Florida state prostitution-related charges, serving 13 months in jail.

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