While he was the United States attorney for the Southern District of Florida in 2007, Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta oversaw a plea deal for Jeffrey Epstein, the New York financier accused of sexually abusing more than 80 underage girls. Rich and well-connected — his friends and acquaintances included Prince Andrew, Bill Clinton, Kevin Spacey, Woody Allen and Donald Trump — Mr. Epstein faced a 53-page federal indictment that could have put him in prison for life, according to The Miami Herald, which ran a blockbuster expose in November. The F.B.I. was also investigating him on suspicion of masterminding an international sex-trafficking operation.
But Mr. Acosta’s office, working closely with Mr. Epstein’s high-priced defense team — stocked with legal stars such as Alan Dershowitz, Kenneth Starr, Jay Lefkowitz and Roy Black — put together a non-prosecution agreement that let Mr. Epstein avoid federal charges, plead guilty to two state counts of felony prostitution, and serve less than 13 months in a private wing of the Palm Beach County jail, with most days spent on work-release in his office in West Palm Beach. Mr. Epstein was required to register as a sex offender and pay restitution to some of the young women, but the agreement shut down the F.B.I. investigation and gave immunity to all “potential co-conspirators” — including any of Mr. Epstein’s rich and powerful buddies who may have taken a turn with his victims.
It was a deal so sweet it would rot your teeth. It also turned out to be illegal.
Last Thursday, after a decade-long court battle begun by two of Mr. Epstein’s accusers, a federal judge ruled that Mr. Acosta and his team violated the federal Crime Victims’ Rights Act by hiding the details of Mr. Epstein’s deal from his victims — many of whom didn’t know a deal had been in the works until they heard about it on the news. This denied the young women an opportunity to appear at Mr. Epstein’s sentencing hearing. The victims were also led to believe that the F.B.I. investigation would continue. It was a betrayal of countless young women — the full tally of Mr. Epstein’s victims remains unknown — who’d already had their bodies violated and their innocence destroyed.
If even a fraction of the accusations against him are true, Mr. Epstein was no ordinary predator. (Those with a weak stomach may want to skip ahead.) For years, he allegedly turned his Palm Beach mansion into a sex den, luring in teenagers whom he paid and coerced into an array of sexual behavior. Mr. Epstein reportedly groomed some of the teenagers to recruit even younger, fresher victims. He was said to like his girls white and prepubescent looking. One victim has recalled that Mr. Epstein praised her as “pure” — she was 14 at the time — before molesting her. Like many predators, he preferred his victims troubled, making them easier to manipulate and less likely to be believed if they reported him.
Mr. Epstein reportedly had victims brought in up to three times a day, some from out of state, others from out of the country. More grotesque still, he was suspected of loaning girls out to his friends, hosting sex parties at his homes in the Caribbean, Manhattan, and New Mexico. In New York, a lawsuit is pending that accuses Mr. Epstein of employing a modeling agency to import girls as young as 13 from Europe and South America.
In response to The Herald’s expose, congressional lawmakers urged the Department of Justice to look into federal prosecutors’ handling of Mr. Epstein’s case. The Office of Professional Responsibility opened a misconduct investigation last month. Its findings will be reported back to lawmakers.
In last week’s ruling, Judge Kenneth Marra noted that the Crime Victims’ Rights Act “authorizes the rescission or ‘reopening’ of a prosecutorial agreement, including a non-prosecution agreement, reached in violation of a prosecutor’s conferral obligations under the statute.” Senator Ben Sasse, Republican of Nebraska, is agitating for such action. “Jeffrey Epstein is a monster, and his victims deserve justice,” the senator has charged, calling on the Justice Department to “reopen its non-prosecution agreement so that Epstein and anyone else who abused these children are held accountable.”
Accountability would be a refreshing change in this horror story. While Mr. Acosta was coddling a credibly accused monster, Mr. Epstein’s victims were being misled and stripped of their rights by the very people whose job it was to deliver them justice. In a 2011 letter to the media, Mr. Acosta defensively whined that he’d faced “a yearlong assault on the prosecution and the prosecutors” from Mr. Epstein’s intimidating legal team. His capitulation suggests he lacks the spine and moral decency to continue as labor secretary.
During his 2017 confirmation hearings, Mr. Acosta brushed back questions about Mr. Epstein, insisting that he had done his best. Senator Dianne Feinstein, Democrat of California, opposed his nomination, contending that Mr. Acosta’s handling of the case, “suggests he won’t put the interests of workers and everyday people ahead of the powerful and well-connected.”
Ms. Feinstein was being generous. The Epstein case shows that under Mr. Acosta, the rich and powerful got away with the most vile offenses. Both Congress and the administration must demand answers, both for Mr. Epstein’s victims and the American public.
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【楚】【曦】【的】【眼】【珠】【子】【一】【直】【在】【上】【下】【转】，【钟】【轩】【终】【于】【意】【识】【到】【问】【题】【所】【在】【了】，【他】【刚】【才】【是】【反】【手】【将】【被】【子】【裹】【在】【她】【身】【上】【用】【力】【过】【猛】，【勒】【得】【她】【喘】【不】【过】【气】【来】【了】！ 【赶】【紧】【松】【手】，【把】【她】【从】【被】【子】【里】【解】【救】【出】【来】，【轻】【轻】【拍】【她】【的】【背】【帮】【她】【顺】【气】。 【好】【容】【易】【缓】【过】【气】【来】【的】【楚】【曦】【瘪】【着】【嘴】，【可】【怜】【兮】【兮】【的】【嘟】【囔】：“【我】【差】【点】【就】【没】【法】【跟】【你】【说】‘【好】’【了】。” 【钟】【轩】【一】【下】【子】【将】【她】【再】【一】【次】【搂】藏宝图怎么画【流】【光】【溢】【彩】【映】【江】【水】，【魔】【都】【两】【岸】【不】【夜】【天】。 【仿】【佛】【是】【为】【了】【庆】【祝】【申】【奥】【成】【功】，【这】【个】【东】【方】【魔】【都】【的】【夜】【晚】，【是】【那】【么】【的】【璀】【璨】【辉】【煌】。 【时】【间】，【已】【经】【来】【到】【了】【深】【夜】，【窗】【外】【还】【不】【时】【爆】【出】【多】【彩】【斑】【斓】【的】【烟】【花】，【偶】【尔】【两】【声】【鞭】【炮】【声】，【也】【没】【有】【人】【步】【入】【睡】【梦】【的】【人】【们】【有】【任】【何】【的】【不】【耐】，【扯】【开】【的】【嘴】【角】【显】【示】【着】【每】【个】【人】【都】【是】【那】【么】【的】【开】【心】。 【套】【房】【客】【厅】，【在】【沙】【盆】【里】【小】【便】【完】【的】
【练】【功】【场】【中】，【随】【着】【玉】【珏】【大】【总】【管】【的】【一】【声】【令】【下】，【整】【个】【练】【功】【场】【为】【之】【一】【静】，【气】【氛】【顿】【时】【肃】【穆】【的】【起】【来】。 【场】【中】【的】【少】【年】【少】【女】【们】【顿】【时】【心】【中】【一】【突】，【这】【一】【天】【终】【于】【要】【来】【了】。 【练】【功】【场】【边】【缘】【观】【看】【的】【侍】【卫】【学】【徒】【的】【更】【是】【恨】【不】【能】【代】【替】【他】【们】。 【他】【们】【连】【站】【在】【练】【功】【场】【中】【间】【的】【资】【格】【都】【没】【有】，【只】【能】【站】【在】【外】【面】【看】【着】【他】【们】【这】【些】“【天】【才】”。 【这】【些】【十】【八】【岁】【便】【达】【到】【后】【天】
【自】【然】，【徐】【明】【华】【肯】【定】【想】【和】【郁】【易】【薇】【的】【联】【系】【更】【紧】【一】【些】。 “【喂】，【你】【怎】【么】……” “【舅】【舅】！” 【郁】【易】【薇】【刚】【想】【拉】【拉】【楚】【阳】【让】【他】【态】【度】【好】【一】【点】，【那】【边】【徐】【明】【华】【就】【已】【经】【出】【了】【声】。 【楚】【阳】【一】【脸】，【你】【看】，【我】【说】【的】【没】【错】【吧】，【的】【眼】【神】，【郁】【易】【薇】【嘴】【角】【抽】【了】【抽】。 “【我】【部】【队】【还】【有】【事】，【先】【走】【了】，【你】【好】【好】【照】【顾】【薇】【薇】。” 【最】【后】【一】【句】【话】【明】【显】【就】【是】【带】【着】【些】