A judge in Florida that Federal prosecutors broke the law when they signed a plea bargain with Jeffrey Epstein.
The billionaire was convicted in 2008 of soliciting a teenage girl to prostitution.
The ruling by US District Court Judge Kenneth Marra culminated more than a decade of litigation stemming from a lawsuit filed in 2008 by two of Epstein’s victims.
US District Court Judge Kenneth Marra wrote that the prosecutors, including US Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, had concealed information from victims of Jeffrey Epstein, who was operating an international sex operation involving underage girls in Florida and overseas.
However, the Miami Herald reports that the judge’s ruling is not likely to result in the reopening of the trial against Epstein, who was released from his 13-month prison term in 2009.
The lawsuit says that prosecutors violated the Crime Victims’ Rights Act, which grants victims of federal crimes the ability to confer with prosecutors about a possible plea deal, among other rights.
US Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta in 2008 was the US attorney in Miami at the time, and he helped negotiate a non-prosecution agreement that gave Jeffrey Epstein and his co-conspirators immunity from federal prosecution.
“Particularly problematic was the Government’s decision to conceal the existence of the [agreement] and mislead the victims to believe that federal prosecution was still a possibility,’’ Judge Kenneth Marra wrote.
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