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Judge Jeanine tells Barr his Epstein probe will ‘impact our faith in the American system of justice’
Jeanine Pirro urged Attorney General William Barr on Saturday to treat his investigation of Jeffrey Epstein’s death as if the integrity of the justice system depends on it.
Long before Epstein (allegedly) hanged himself in his Manhattan jail cell, the multimillionaire financier received a slap on the wrist from President Donald Trump’s former labor secretary, Alexander Acosta, who negotiated a lenient plea deal with the sex trafficker. In her opening monologue Saturday, Pirro excoriated Acosta for failing to vigorously prosecute the pedophile and called on Barr to “bring those in power to their knees.”
“We already know Epstein was able to walk because of a U.S. attorney who at best was more interested in his career than doing justice, and at worst was bought and a pawn of high-powered defense attorneys,” Pirro said, according to Breitbart. “Mr. Barr, the American people await your decision. That decision, Mr. Barr, will impact more than just the Epstein case. It will impact our faith in the American system of justice.”
Pirro pleads with Barr
On Saturday, Pirro said that the burden is on Barr to “restore confidence” in the American justice system and urged the attorney general not to overlook the “highly unusual” decision-making of Acosta in Epstein’s 2007 plea agreement, which gave Epstein a disproportionately lenient punishment for crimes that should have sent him to jail for the “rest of his life.”
Speaking from her experience as a prosecutor, Pirro accused Acosta of cowering before Epstein’s defense attorneys — or even taking a corrupt deal — and failing to go after Epstein when he had the chance over a decade ago.
“So Acosta and his so-called team of professional prosecutors turn into cowards,” Pirro said. “Any prosecutor worth his salt would go after a case like this with a vengeance. Young girls robbed of their innocence, controlled and trafficked by men of such power that even the act of coming forward took more courage than Acosta and his staff could muster up.”
Standing his ground
Acosta has defended the plea deal, which a federal judge ruled violated the law and victims’ rights, by arguing that he did not have enough evidence at the time to seek a conviction. The pedophile Epstein’s “punishment” was extremely light, especially considering that Acosta’s office had drawn up a 53-page indictment that was ultimately thrown out.
Epstein pleaded to state charges of prostitution and served 13 months in jail, during which he was allowed to leave prison six days a week, 12 hours a day, and continue operating his business.
Pirro dismissed Acosta’s excuses for the deal, of which left Epstein’s accusers were left unaware, and suggested that he may have taken a bribe at his secret hotel meeting with Epstein’s lawyers — a meeting that Pirro noted was unprecedented. She said Saturday:
Real prosecutors were trying sex abuse cases in the 80s and winning them when there was only one victim, and you had 36. Because they gave a damn. Now Acosta says he wanted to protect the young women’s anonymities. He’s full of crap again. Every state gives them anonymity. By not notifying them, he violated the Crime Victims’ Rights act. He then dropped all investigations into Epstein’s conduct and cancelled all the subpoenas.
Beyond letting a “pedophile on the loose,” Acosta’s deal reportedly granted immunity to Epstein’s co-conspirators, who, like him, have still not been held to account. Epstein’s accusers have pleaded for the deal to be invalidated, ABC News reports.
“The plea deal forever protected his co-conspirators from prosecution of any criminal charge at any time in the future without even naming them. Folks, this is unheard of,” Pirro said, adding that it is now the time to ask “what benefit” Acosta might have been seeking.
Meanwhile, more oversights and government missteps appear to have facilitated Epstein’s suicide in prison, despite him being the most high-profile prisoner in the country.
While Epstein’s death was ruled a suicide, Pirro argued later in the program that the medical examiner’s assessment was “only an opinion” given the bizarre context, including reports that Epstein’s guards fell asleep, that Epstein was left alone prior to his death, that there is no surveillance video of his death, and that part of the autopsy results appeared to be consistent with homicide by strangling, according to some pathologists.
Barr has previously said that he will recuse himself from any review of the plea deal because his former law firm represented Epstein, but Barr has said he is “appalled” by Epstein’s death and he has vowed to get justice for the sex trafficker’s victims.
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