New York Times calls out preferential treatment in Jeffrey Epstein case

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The New York Times releases an article detailing major differences between how Florida is handling the Jeffrey Epstein case compared to other cases of sex crimes.

Mr. Epstein pleaded not guilty in August to the crime he was ultimately charged with, soliciting prostitution. But at a time when prosecutors around the nation have become increasingly severe in dealing with people accused of sex offenses, the case has raised questions about whether Mr. Epstein’s prominence won him preferential treatment.

By the account of the police, they found probable cause to charge Mr. Epstein with much more serious offenses: one count of lewd and lascivious molestation and four counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor.

But instead of proceeding with such charges on his own, the Palm Beach County state attorney took the rare step of presenting a broad range of possible charges to a grand jury, which indicted Mr. Epstein in July on the lesser count. In Florida, prosecutors usually refer only capital cases to grand juries.

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Palm Beach Police Chief Michael Reiter accused prosecutors of special treatment before the indictment, even asking the state attorney, Barry E. Krischer, to remove himself from the case.

In an editorial, The Palm Beach Post attacked Mr. Krischer, a Democrat whose post is elective, saying the public had been left “to wonder whether the system tilted in favor of a wealthy, well-connected alleged perpetrator and against very young girls who are alleged victims of sex crimes.”

The New York Times

After his indictment in July, politicians including Eliot Spitzer and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson returned campaign donations from Epstein.

Epstein’s law team includes Gerald B. Lefcourt and Alan Dershowitz.

Lefcourt’s current and former clients include Harry Helmsley, Mel Miller, Russell Crowe, Tracy Morgan, Martha Stewart, and Abbie Hoffman.

Dershowitz’s current and former clients include Mike Tyson, Patty Hearst, Leona Helmsley, Julian Assange, Jim Bakker, Harvey Weinstein, and Donald Trump.

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https://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/03/us/03epstein.html?searchResultPosition=11

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerald_B._Lefcourt


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Dershowitz

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