Federal prosecutors argued on Friday that Jeffrey Epstein should be denied bail while he waits for his trial on sex trafficking charges because he is already tampering with potential witnesses.
Epstein’s lawyers argued to Clinton-appointed US District Judge Richard Berman on Thursday that he should be given bail and confined to his $77 million Manhattan mansion with an ankle bracelet.
Federal prosecutors responded in a filing Friday arguing that Epstein continued his degenerate sex trafficking of young girls after his previous conviction, proving he is unreformed and unrepentant.
“And any doubt that the defendant is unrepentant and unreformed was eliminated when law enforcement agents discovered hundreds or thousands of nude and seminude photographs of young females in his Manhattan mansion on the night of his arrest, more than a decade after he was first convicted of a sex crime involving a juvenile,” prosecutors wrote in their submission.
They also said they were worried Epstein, 66, might try to derail his trial. They said Epstein recently paid $100,000 to one individual “named as a possible co-conspirator” in a non-prosecution agreement with federal prosecutors in Florida 12 years ago.
They said the payment, along with $250,000 sent to another person who was a former employee and was named as a possible co-conspirator in the non-prosecution agreement, came after the Miami Herald last November began publishing a series of article describing the circumstances of his state court conviction in Florida in 2008 and the deal to avoid federal prosecution.
“This course of action, and in particular its timing, suggests the defendant was attempting to further influence co-conspirators who might provide information against him in light of the recently re-emerging allegations,” prosecutor said.
Why wasn’t Jeffrey Epstein given the Roger Stone/Manafort treatment and raided by the FBI with a CNN camera crew in tow?
Manafort was also accused of witness tampering by government prosecutors and they tried to transfer him to notorious Rikers Island jail.
When will Epstein be transferred to Rikers?