NEW YORK (Reuters) – Ladies who say they have been sexually abused by Jeffrey Epstein will get an opportunity to debate their accusations in a courtroom on Tuesday, lower than three weeks after the financier killed himself whereas awaiting trial on intercourse trafficking prices.
FILE PHOTO: Geoffrey Berman, United States Lawyer for the Southern District of New York, factors to of Jeffrey Epstein as he pronounces the financier’s prices of intercourse trafficking of minors and conspiracy to commit intercourse trafficking of minors, in New York, U.S., July eight, 2019. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton/File Photograph
Federal prosecutors in Manhattan are anticipated to ask U.S. District Choose Richard Berman to dismiss their case towards Epstein in gentle of his dying. A number of alleged victims are additionally anticipated on the listening to, in accordance with their lawyer, Gloria Allred.
Although the request to dismiss the case is routine, Berman scheduled a listening to on the matter, saying in a written order final week that “the general public should still have an informational curiosity within the course of by which the prosecutor seeks dismissal of an indictment.”
The decide mentioned that the ladies who’ve accused Epstein of sexually abusing them and their legal professionals would have a possibility to deal with the court docket. Allred mentioned she anticipated a few of her shoppers to make statements.
Different legal professionals representing Epstein’s alleged victims didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.
Epstein, who as soon as counted U.S. President Donald Trump and former President Invoice Clinton as associates, was arrested on July 6 and pleaded not responsible to federal prices of intercourse trafficking involving dozens of women as younger as 14.
The 66-year-old was discovered useless Aug. 10 in his cell inside a segregated housing unit of the Metropolitan Correctional Heart (MCC) in Decrease Manhattan. An post-mortem concluded that he hanged himself.
Epstein’s dying has triggered investigations by the FBI, the U.S. Division of Justice’s Workplace of Inspector Common and the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, which runs the detention facility.
Epstein’s arrest in New York got here greater than a decade after Epstein prevented being prosecuted on related federal prices in Florida by hanging a deal that allowed him to plead responsible to state prostitution prices.
That deal, which has been extensively criticized as too lenient, resulted in Epstein serving 13 months in a county jail, which he was allowed to go away throughout the day on work launch.
A number of girls have filed civil lawsuits towards Epstein’s property since his dying, saying he abused them and looking for damages. Some have alleged the abuse continued after his plea deal and even whereas he was on work launch from his earlier jail sentence.
Simply two days earlier than his dying, Epstein signed a will inserting all of his property, value greater than $577 million, in a belief, in accordance with a duplicate of the doc seen by Reuters.
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Reporting By Brendan Pierson in New York; Enhancing by Noeleen Walder and Cynthia Osterman