John on March 20, 2007 at 9:15 am
The Palm Beach Post had another story on billionaire-dirtbag Jeffrey Epstein this week. The Post notes the extremely unusual silence in the case:
Nearly eight months after Palm Beach tycoon Jeffrey Epstein was charged with felony solicitation of prostitution, there has been no discernible progress in his case. No witnesses deposed. No trial date set. Nothing, save for routine court hearings reset without explanation.
“Usually that would be unusual,” said criminal defense attorney Glenn Mitchell, who has no involvement in the case.
“As a general rule, it would be unusual for nothing to have happened,” agreed Michael Dutko, a criminal defense attorney in Fort Lauderdale. He represents Haley Robson, 20, of Royal Palm Beach, potentially a key witness in the case.
A routine hearing for Epstein was pulled from the court docket last week and reset for May 16. The delays and inaction could be due to a potential federal probe of Epstein or because a plea deal is in the works, attorneys say.
Unusual is the word that best describes everything about the case against Epstein, 54, an enigmatic money manager in New York City who counts Bill Clinton and Donald Trump among his friends.
“Highly unusual” is how Palm Beach Police Chief Michael Reiter described State Attorney Barry Krischer’s handling of the case in a bluntly critical letter to Krischer last year before Epstein was indicted.
Reiter referred the matter to the FBI to determine whether any federal laws had been violated. Epstein’s allies countered by attacking the chief personally and professionally.
Reiter’s department investigated Epstein for 11 months. Police sifted repeatedly through his trash and conducted surveillance on his five-bedroom, 71/2-bath, 7,234-square-foot home on the Intracoastal Waterway.
Police said Epstein paid women and girls as young as 14 to give him erotic massages at his home. Police thought there was probable cause to charge him with unlawful sex acts with a minor and lewd and lascivious molestation.
Epstein responded by hiring a phalanx of lawyers. One of them, Harvard law professor and author Alan Dershowitz, provided the state attorney’s office with information about alcohol and marijuana use by some of the girls who said they were with Epstein.
Prosecutors then referred the case to the grand jury rather than file charges directly against Epstein.
The news in the article is that the FBI is indeed involved:
A source close to the case suggested it is languishing pending a decision by the FBI on whether to refer it to federal prosecutors.
“We still have a pending case,” FBI spokeswoman Judy Orihuela said Monday.
State Attorney Krischer did not return a call for comment. His spokesman, Mike Edmondson, declined to say whether federal investigators are delaying the Epstein case. But, he added, “if another agency is looking at something, we wouldn’t want to step on their toes.”
Epstein won’t spend a day in jail, especially this close to Hillary’s run for the White House it would be too embarrassing. The FBI should be ashamed of itself. Anyone who looks can see that State Attorney Barry Krischer is a political hack working for the Democratic Party. Three years investigating Rush Limbaugh, a threatened prosecution of Ann Coulter, but when it comes to Jeffrey Epstein he’s not even going to speak to the witnesses.
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