Boy, oh boy: we have gone from ‘family values’ to ‘who gives a crap if a presidential cabinet member illegally helped people who organized an under-age sex trafficking operation?’
This is truly unbelievable and here is the full report from USA Today:
A federal judge has ruled that Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta, when he was a U.S. attorney in Miami, broke the law in a sex trafficking case against a billionaire New York hedge fund manager by not informing his underage sex victims of a plea agreement.
U.S. District Judge Kenneth Mirra on Thursday gave federal prosecutors 15 days to respond to his ruling involving Jeffrey Epstein, who counted such powerful figures as Bill Clinton, Donald Trump and Prince Andrew among his friends.
The judge could go so far as to vacate the plea deal or could demand that the government reach a settlement with the complainants, Jane Doe 1 and Jane Doe 1, although they have not sought money or damages.
Epstein, 66, was accused in 2008 of organizing a network of underage girls to engage in sex acts at his Palm Beach waterfront mansion. Epstein also allegedly enlisted girls to recruit even more victims, some of whom would travel with him on his private jet to New York and his private island resort in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Under the terms of the plea deal, Epstein was convicted in state court of soliciting an underage girl for prostitution. But a Miami Herald investigation by reporter Julie K. Brown in November noted that the allegations against Epstein were originally much broader, accusing him of coercing dozens of underage girls into sex acts.
The Herald reports it was able to identify 80 victims – many between 13-16 years of age at the time – who said Epstein had sexually abused or molested them between 2001-2006. Eight of them agreed to be interviewed by the Herald, four on video.
The most immediate impact of the judge’s ruling could be political, adding pressure on Acosta. The Herald’s report portrays Acosta, who was the top federal prosecutor in Miami from 2005-2009, as malleable and nearly complicit in agreeing to a 2007 plea deal with Epstein.