Last week, the Miami Herald opened wide again their reporting on the gross criminal misdeeds of Palm Beach billionaire and serial sex abuser Jeffrey Epstein — and the even grosser lack of oversight by Miami’s top prosecutor Alexander Acosta in prosecuting Epstein’s crimes.
Epstein was a well-connected financier accused of trafficking minors and sexually molesting hundreds of girls between 2001 and 2005, many of them only in middle school. His abuse led to a 2007 53-page federal indictment, which could have meant the rest of Epstein’s life in a federal prison. But he had friends like Bill Clinton, Donald Trump and Prince Andrew. He also had a high-priced legal team, including Alan Dershowitz (who was part of OJ Simpson’s defense team) and Ken Starr (who had investigated Clinton’s dalliances with Monica Lewinsky).
So instead of a life sentence, U.S. Attorney Alexander Acosta agreed to a plea deal for Epstein of just 13 months in a private wing of the Palm Beach county jail, with much of that time spent in “work release” at his comfortable Palm Beach office. Details of the deal were kept from the media, as well as from his victims (in violation of the federal Crime Victims’ Rights Act).
The case is a lot in the news right now because Alexander Acosta, the former Miami prosecutor who gave Epstein the get-out-of-jail-free card, is now Donald Trump’s Secretary of Labor. He oversees, among other things, human trafficking. Many are asking why he still has a job.
Sources: New York Times, Miami Herald