Lawyer Alan Dershowitz rejects the assertion that convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein benefited from his connections with powerful people – and defends Alex Acosta against the allegation that he has given a beloved deal to the Epstein all-legal team.
& # 39; I think he gets a stray rap in many ways with the benefit of hindsight, & # 39; Dershowitz told DailyMail.com in an interview after Acosta held a press conference to defend the 2008 prosecutors of public prosecutors in 2008 with Epstein.
He praised Acosta & # 39; s performance at a press conference on the Epstein deal on Wednesday, although he warned: & # 39; I cannot judge how the President feels about it. & # 39;
Dershowitz, who was part of the expensive and talented line-up that Epstein had gathered to defend himself, also rejected the idea of preferential treatment by Epstein & # 39; s connections, including Donald Trump, Prince Andrew, and Bill Clinton.
& # 39; BUM RAP & # 39 ;: lawyer Alan Dershowitz, who represented convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, defended labor secretary Alex Acosta, the former US lawyer who is under fire because he allows Epstein to & # 39; sweetheart deal & # 39; to get
& # 39; Not relevant at all. Prince Andrew is going to help him get a good deal? & # 39; he said.
He said about prosecutors: & They made their own determination. It went through different levels (up to the Deputy Attorney General in Washington). And it was approved by everyone because there was nothing unusual about it. & # 39;
Dershowitz negotiated with Palm Beach authorities for Epstein to prevent imprisonment – although the federal authorities stepped in and eventually negotiated a guilty plea that he had to work 13 months in a county prison with work release.
Asked if at that time he was aware of Epstein's connections with Trump – the two men were photographed at Mar-a-Lago – Dershowitz said: & I knew he knew him. He once drove past Mar-a-Lago and said that Donald is hanging there. But no, I still don't know the extent of their relationship, & Dershowitz said.
Dershowitz said that Epstein did not benefit from powerful connections. He said the convicted sex offender pointed to Mar-a-Lago during a ride
Epstein is faced with new costs on Monday in the southern district of New York
Dershowitz said he had seen Bill Clinton on the phone with Epstein at a party in Martha & # 39; s Vineyard
& # 39; I know he was close to Bill Clinton, & # 39; he added. & # 39; I remember an incident where Clinton was on the phone at a party at Martha & # 39; s Vineyard. I just remembered. I was there. I saw it. & # 39;
Dershowitz said he had no knowledge that Epstein was reportedly banned from Mar-a-Lago after allegedly beating a young worker.
& # 39; I don't know anything about it, I've never heard of it, no, & # 39; he said.
And he said that this week he did not know the basis of Trump's statement that he was arguing with Epstein. Trump declared himself & # 39; not a fan & # 39; to be Epstein, who this week accused federal prosecutors in New York of trafficking in underage girls.
& # 39; Although it is in the newspapers, I know nothing more than what is in the newspapers & he said.
Dershowitz spoke the day after Acosta defended his role in the Epstein case and emphasized that he considered it critical to have him go to jail and register him as a sex offender.
When asked if the federal government was obliged to continue investigating in other jurisdictions (Epstein owns a mansion house in Palm Beach, on the Upper East Side, real estate in the Virgin Islands and other locations), Dershowitz said: & # 39; I suspect that they did that. I have every reason to believe they did it … They did day-to-day research and negotiations. They tried not to give anyone a break here. & # 39;
Dershowitz said he received a massage at Epstein's home, but never saw anything inappropriate.
He raised concerns about the consequences of the incident – Acosta is facing calls for his dismissal because of his handling of the case – could affect future prosecutors.
& # 39; I don't just think he's right, but I think there's a real danger of going after Acosta. What it is going to do is send a message to other prosecutors, if you have a weak case, you can bring it and lose it better than not bringing it, & he said.
& # 39; Because you never get criticism when you bring the case and a jury decides against you, a judge rules against you. But if you do not take the matter with you, you will be nailed to the shame. I think it puts enormous pressure on prosecutors to bring weak cases, & he said.
& # 39; If I think they had brought this federal case at the time, I think they would be lost. I think it would be over because it had shown no connection between the states. Remember that they must prove with credible witnesses that he was transporting a minor girl in inter-state trade, & said Dershowitz. & # 39; These young women were all local they were all from around Palm Beach. So I think the state case was very strong and the federal case was very weak. & # 39;
Dershowitz also pushed back when asked about an SDNY application claiming that Epstein has participated in obstruction, intimidation and witness tampering and mentions his legal team.
& # 39; Of course not. I don't think any of us participated in such a thing, & # 39; Dershowitz said.
According to the memo filed by New York prosecutors opposing Epstein bail, & # 39; there were credible allegations that the suspect witnessed sabotage, intimidation, or other obstructive behavior. & # 39;
& # 39; In fact, according to public records, there were discussions between prosecutors and the then defendant's counsel about the possibility that the accused would be guilty of counts regarding & # 39; obstruction & # 39; as well as & # 39; intimidation & # 39 ;, they wrote.
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