Illustration by Scott Shields
Written by T. LeMonde
With tales of mansion sex parties and recorded testimonies detailing personal exploits floating around, it becomes increasingly evident that the gap between “sex offender” and “politician” isn’t as wide as one would hope. In fact, the two groups are practically hugging.
After being accused by upwards of 30 victims, and charged with four counts of unlawful sex with minors and one count of molestation, philanthropist and international sex ring aficionado, Jeffrey Epstein, pleaded guilty to two charges of soliciting prostitution. Although he was sentenced to 18 months in prison, he only served 13, during which he spent his time travelling between a private wing of the Palm Beach County stockade and his personal office.
Now, I’m no lawyer or judge – or sex offender for that matter – so take what I’m about to say with a grain of salt, but that all sounds pretty fucked up.
So how did such a sick man get such a sweet deal?
On one hot Miami morn in 2008, after perusing the 53 page indictment, current U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, who was the U.S. attorney of South Florida at the time, met with Epstein’s crack team of lawyers to work out a plea deal. Unlike most other Epstein related meetings, this one had a ‘no girls allowed’ policy, and therefore, no victims were present at the time. This group of like-minded individuals concocted a non-prosecution agreement which gave Epstein and his co-conspirators immunity to all federal criminal charges, halting any investigation into their extra-curricular activities.
But how could a group so knowledgeable in U.S. law not realize that they’d be breaking the law by keeping the deal a secret from Epstein’s many victims?
After a ten year battle, federal judge Kenneth A. Marra ruled that Acosta and his team had violated the federal Crime Victims’ Rights Act. It is currently unknown whether the case against Jeffrey Epstein will, or can, be re-opened, but the backlash against Alex Acosta is palpable. In early February, a misconduct investigation was opened by the Office of Responsibility, and many are asking for his resignation and for him to testify before Congress.