District Judge Richard Berman has decided that Jeffrey Epstein will remain behind bars as he faces charges sex trafficking. Prosecutors allege Epstein is a threat to the public and could flee the country if he was awarded bail. This ruling means Epstein will stay behind bars as he fights charges alleging he exploited dozens of girls in New York and Florida in the 2000s.
U.S. District Judge Richard Berman said that any bail could overcome the threat that he was to the community. The defense argued that Epstein should be able to await trial inside his $77 million Manhattan mansion. Epstein’s defense team said he wouldn’t run and was willing to put up a fortune as collateral.
Jeffrey Epstein seen as a threat to intimidate witnesses
The government’s case is being strengthened as more accusers step forward claiming he sexually abused them when they were minors. One of his accusers pleaded with the judge to keep him behind bars.
Law enforcement previously raided Epstein’s mansion and discovered piles of cash and diamonds, as well as a passport with a fake name in a locked safe. The defense alleged that Epstein obtained that passport out of fear that as a Jew he might be kidnapped in the Middle East. Prosecutors also alleged that Epstein was a threat to influence witnesses, after discovering he paid $350,000 to two people.
Cushy plea deal kept him from federal prosecution
The Miami Herald broke the news about a plea deal that Epstein received, which allowed him to avoid potential federal prosecution. Former Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta was influential in making this deal happen. Acosta eventually resigned after he received massive criticism for making this deal.
Jeffrey Epstein has pleaded not guilty to allegations that he sexually abused dozens of underage girls between 2002 and 2005 in Florida. The judge denied bail because of the evidence discovered at Epstein’s home as well as strong testimony from victims.
Law enforcement arrested and charged with sex trafficking at Teterboro Airport. The case has drawn massive attention because of his ties to high profile influential people including former President Bill Clinton and President Donald Trump.
One of the accusers’ attorney Sigrid McCawley called the denial of bail a major victory and that only by taking away the freedom of Jeffrey Epstein can they restore the freedom of his victims. These victims have been living in fear and intimidation.