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Plaintiffs previously asked US district court judge Richard Berman to end the sex trade case against the former financier after Epstein's suicide in a federal prison in Manhattan on August 10

Sex trade case against deceased financier Jeffrey Epstein is officially REJECTED by New York judge after 66-year suicide

  • A federal judge in New York officially closed the criminal case against the embarrassed former financier Jeffrey Epstein, was announced Thursday afternoon
  • Prosecutors previously asked US District Judge Richard Berman to end the sex trade case against Epstein after his suicide on August 10
  • Rejecting a charge against a deceased person is considered a formality, but Berman unconventionally planned an open hearing first.
  • On Tuesday, 23 victims came forward to testify about the alleged abuse that 66-year-old Epstein has also subjected them, spread over several decades
  • The termination of the Epstein case does not affect the civil claims of the victims against Epstein's estate, or a federal investigation into his death
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A federal judge in New York officially closed the criminal case against the embarrassed former financier Jeffrey Epstein, was announced Thursday afternoon.

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Prosecutors previously asked US district judge Richard Berman to end the sex trade case against Epstein after his suicide in a federal prison in Manhattan on August 10.

Rejecting a charge against a deceased person is considered a formality, but Berman first unconventionally planned an open ended hearing in which the alleged victims and their lawyers were invited to speak before dropping the case.

Plaintiffs previously asked US district court judge Richard Berman to end the sex trade case against the former financier after Epstein's suicide in a federal prison in Manhattan on August 10

Plaintiffs previously asked US district court judge Richard Berman to end the sex trade case against the former financier after Epstein's suicide in a federal prison in Manhattan on August 10

Plaintiffs previously asked US district judge Richard Berman (above) to end the sex trade case against the former financier after Epstein's suicide in a federal prison in Manhattan on August 10

Plaintiffs previously asked US district judge Richard Berman (above) to end the sex trade case against the former financier after Epstein's suicide in a federal prison in Manhattan on August 10

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Plaintiffs previously asked US district judge Richard Berman (above) to end the sex trade case against the former financier after Epstein's suicide in a federal prison in Manhattan on August 10

Epstein committed suicide on August 10 in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center of New York in downtown Manhattan awaiting a lawsuit against federal indictment of sex trafficking. An investigation later found that Epstein hung himself, used a sheet as an improvised sling, and wrapped it around his neck

Epstein committed suicide on August 10 in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center of New York in downtown Manhattan awaiting a lawsuit against federal indictment of sex trafficking. An investigation later found that Epstein hung himself, used a sheet as an improvised sling, and wrapped it around his neck

Epstein committed suicide on August 10 in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center of New York in downtown Manhattan awaiting a lawsuit against federal indictment of sex trafficking. An investigation later found that Epstein hung himself, used a sheet as an improvised sling, and wrapped it around his neck

On Tuesday, 23 victims came forward to testify about the alleged abuse that 66-year-old Epstein has also subjected them, spread over several decades.

His suicide & # 39; robbed & # 39; his victims of the opportunity & # 39; to confront him one by one & # 39; in court, said Courtney Wild, the first prosecutor to speak at the hearing. & # 39; He is a coward for that. & # 39;

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Wild claimed to have been sexually abused for a number of years.

After Tuesday's hearing, the New York Southern District Attorney Geoffrey Berman and the FBI met some of the women, thanked them for bravely sharing their stories, and emphasized the criminal investigation into the possible co-conspirators of the accused. sex trader is underway.

The termination of the Epstein case does not affect the civil claims of the victims against Epstein's legacy, nor on the federal grand jury investigation into his death.

On Tuesday, 23 victims came forward to testify about the alleged abuse that 66-year-old Epstein has also subjected them, spread over several decades

On Tuesday, 23 victims came forward to testify about the alleged abuse that 66-year-old Epstein has also subjected them, spread over several decades

On Tuesday, 23 victims came forward to testify about the alleged abuse that 66-year-old Epstein has also subjected them, spread over several decades

His suicide "robbed" his victims of the opportunity "to confront him one by one" in court, said Courtney Wild (interpretation above), the first prosecutor to speak. & # 39; Before that, he is a coward & # 39;
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His suicide "robbed" his victims of the opportunity "to confront him one by one" in court, said Courtney Wild (interpretation above), the first prosecutor to speak. & # 39; Before that, he is a coward & # 39;

His suicide "robbed" his victims of the opportunity "to confront him one by one" in court, said Courtney Wild (interpretation above), the first prosecutor to speak. & # 39; Before that, he is a coward & # 39;

Epstein, a wealthy money manager who once counted President Donald Trump, former President Bill Clinton and British Prince Andrew, as friends, was arrested on July 6 and pleaded not guilty of sex trafficking in which dozens of girls were as young as 14.

He was found dead earlier this month in his cell in Manhattan after he had previously been suicide. A medical researcher in New York City concluded that he had died of suicide due to suicide.

During the Tuesday hearing, Epstein's lawyers said they had doubts about the investigator's conclusion. The FBI is investigating two cameras that were outside the cell and that were not functioning properly, has told Reuters a law enforcement source.

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The cameras were sent to Quantico, Virginia, the location of a large FBI laboratory where agents and forensic scientists analyze evidence.

Epstein, a rich 66-year-old money manager who once counted President Donald Trump, former President Bill Clinton, and British Prince Andrew as friends, was arrested on July 6 and pleaded not guilty of sex trafficking in which dozens of girls were as young as 14 It is pictured (above) in 2004

Epstein, a rich 66-year-old money manager who once counted President Donald Trump, former President Bill Clinton, and British Prince Andrew as friends, was arrested on July 6 and pleaded not guilty of sex trafficking in which dozens of girls were as young as 14 It is pictured (above) in 2004

Epstein, a rich 66-year-old money manager who once counted President Donald Trump, former President Bill Clinton, and British Prince Andrew as friends, was arrested on July 6 and pleaded not guilty of sex trafficking in which dozens of girls were as young as 14 It is pictured (above) in 2004

The Washington Post reported Monday that at least one camera in the corridor outside Epstein's cell had images that were unusable. The newspaper said that other useful images were recorded in the area.

The US Department of Justice declined to comment. The FBI and the Federal Prison Office have not responded to requests for comment. All investigate his death. Lawyers for Epstein also did not respond to requests for comment.

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A source said earlier that two prison guards had failed to follow a procedure & # 39; overnight to perform separate checks on all prisoners every 30 minutes.

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