Jeffrey Epstein was taken off suicide watch at his lawyers’ request: Report

August 13, 2019

Jeffrey Epstein spent his life doing whatever he wanted. He committed heinous crimes, and when accountability came knocking, he leveraged his power to escape the consequences.

Now, it looks like Epstein died the way he lived: on his terms, with an army of lawyers to fix things the way he wanted them. According to the Wall Street Journal, Epstein’s lawyers asked that the pedophile be taken off suicide watch weeks before his sudden death — a wish that was apparently granted.

Report: Epstein taken off suicide watch

A decade ago, Jeffrey Epstein got a sweetheart deal that let him serve 13 months in jail for abusing dozens of underage girls. Weeks before his death, he received another good deal, one that would facilitate his suicide and ensure that he never faced justice for his evil deeds.

The Hill reports that in mid-July, Epstein was placed on suicide watch after he was discovered unconscious with marks on his neck. Epstein was still on suicide watch only weeks before he was found dead in his jail cell on Saturday, but was apparently taken off sometime late last month at the request of his lawyers, with whom Epstein was meeting for up to 12 hours a day, according to The Washington Examiner.

The decision would have required the approval of the Metropolitan Correction Center’s warden and the suicide prevention program coordinator. That Epstein’s wish was granted is difficult to understand, given the high-profile nature of his case and the fact that he apparently tried committing suicide weeks before.

It’s not hard to understand why Epstein, who was facing the remainder of his life in prison, wanted an easy way out. But for some reason, Epstein was taken off the watch even after undergoing psychiatric evaluations.

“For them to pull him off suicide watch is shocking,” Cameron Lindsay, a former warden who worked at three federal facilities, told NBC News. “For someone this high-profile, with these allegations and this many victims, who has had a suicide attempt in the last few weeks, you can take absolutely no chances.”

Some extremely odd coincidences

Prisoners on suicide watch are placed under constant surveillance, a circumstance that would likely have prevented Epstein from strangling himself with a noose fashioned out of his bedsheets, as the New York Post reported — if the proper protocols were followed.

Epstein was instead downgraded to “special observation status,” in which prisoners are checked on every 30 minutes — but even this less stringent protocol was not followed. Epstein’s guards reportedly failed to monitor him for hours before his death.

If Epstein’s suicide was not facilitated by some kind of shady dealings, then he must have been one lucky man indeed. The factors that aligned to allow Epstein to kill himself before facing trial require almost too many mistakes to write the scenario off as the product of mere incompetence.

Epstein was also supposed to have a cellmate, but was somehow left alone the night before his death. His cellmate, who was not there for some reason, was not immediately replaced as protocol would have required.

It has been reported that Epstein’s guards were overworked from doing overtime to cover staff shortages, but even here there are irregularities: one of the guards who was patrolling the Special Housing Unit where Epstein was kept was apparently not even a full-time officer. Additionally, there is no surveillance video of Epstein’s death, since cameras were trained on the outside of the cells in his unit, not the inside.

That Epstein was able to kill himself in jail has shocked and outraged many, including Attorney General William Barr, who has launched an FBI investigation into the circumstances of Epstein’s death, which he called “appalling.”

“I was appalled and frankly angry to learn of the [jail’s] failure to adequately secure the prisoner,” Barr said. “We are now learning of serious irregularities at this facility that are deeply concerning and demand a thorough investigation.”

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Matthew Boose

Matthew Boose is a staff writer for Conservative Institute. He has a Bachelor's degree from Stony Brook University and has contributed to The Daily Caller and The Stony Brook Press.