Justice is a funny thing in America. Sometimes, it’s fully served, and sometimes it’s completely absent thanks to corruption and greed.
Justice was served, however, and one of Trump’s cabinet members is in hot water.
A judge has ruled that Trump’s Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta abused his power when he worked out a woefully lacking plea agreement with notorious sleazeball Jeffrey Epstein. Acosta was the federal prosecutor in charge of prosecuting Epstein. According to CNBC:
‘U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra slammed the government for failing to notify Epstein’s victims that it had reached a non-prosecution agreement with Epstein while leading those victims to believe that federal charges were still a possibility.’
Epstein was previously accused of sexually assaulting “dozens” of young girls, which he had recruited for “massages” and other unspeakable acts.
Prosecutors, which included Acosta, and Epstein’s legal team worked out a deal that was absolutely laughable. Rather than actually serve time for the horrendous acts he forced young girls to perform, he was given a deal that included 13 months in jail (not prison) and was released early. Also, part of his deal included not having to plead guilty to any federal charges. It also ended the FBI investigation that could have revealed countless more victims. That investigation could have also revealed any high-profile friends of Epstein who may have attended parties at Epstein’s home.
Acosta was accused of violating the Crime Victims’ Rights Act because he told the victims to be patient when he knew that Epstein would not be prosecuted. The Miami Herald’s Julie Brown described what Epstein agreed to:
‘ … plead guilty to two prostitution charges in state court. Epstein and four of his accomplices named in the agreement received immunity from all federal criminal charges. But even more unusual, the deal included wording that granted immunity to “any potential co-conspirators” who were also involved in Epstein’s crimes …
‘As part of the agreement, Acosta agreed, despite a federal law to the contrary, that the deal would be kept from the victims.’
The law Acosta broke would be the Crime Victims’ Rights Act, which grants victims of a crime several rights including the right to be heard when involving plea deals, sentencing, release, and parole hearing.
Victims of Epstein’s egregious acts filed for the nonprosecution agreement to be nullified back in 2008.
The judge wrote:
‘It was a material omission for the Government to suggest to the victims that they have patience relative to an investigation about which it had already bound itself not to prosecute.’
Marra also wrote:
‘When the Government gives information to victims, it cannot be misleading. While the Government spent untold hours negotiating the terms and implications of the [non-prosecution agreement] with Epstein’s attorneys, scant information was shared with victims. Instead, the victims were told to be “patient” while the investigation proceeded.”‘
The judge also wrote what the Crime Victim’s Rights Act was meant to do:
‘The CVRA was designed to give the victims the same opportunity to attempt to affect prosecutorial decisions before they became final.
‘Instead, the Office engaged in lengthy negotiations with Epstein that included repeated assurances that the [Non-Prosecution Agreement] would not be “made public or filed with the Court.”‘
The attorney representing the victims, Brad Edwards, commented on the ruling:
‘Today’s order represents long-overdue vindication for all of the victims of Mr. Epstein and his co-conspirators. Unfortunately, this decision also highlights the failure of the United States Government to acknowledge its obvious wrongdoing. Rather than work to correct the injustices done to the victims, the Government spent 10 years defending its own improper conduct. It is time for the Government to work with the victims, and not against them, to hold everyone who committed these crimes accountable.’
Will Acosta keep his job? There’s no telling. Considering we have a president who has literally admitted to grabbing women by the genitals ON TAPE, it wouldn’t be surprising if he kept his job.
It’s important to note the judge did not rule on whether the plea deal between Acosta and Epstein should be thrown out, however.
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