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Unmentioned Facts and Ideas about the Jeffrey Epstein Case

August 13th, 2019 Leave a comment Go to comments
I wrote up this blog post as:
“Questions Nobody Is Asking About Jeffrey Epstein


I would like to write on a number of ideas and questions I haven’t seen mentioned in the Jeffrey Epstein case. This is a blog post at http://rasmusen.dreamhosters.com/b/2019/08/unmentioned-facts-and-ideas-about-the-jeffrey-epstein-case/#more-1948  and I’ll tweet it out as a thread too (my first time at that).

1. Why is nobody blaming the Florida and New York state prosecutors for not prosecuting Epstein and others for statutory rape— that is, sexual behavior with someone under age 16? (or 18, or whatever it is in each state)

2. Statutory rape is not a federal crime, so it is not something the Justice Dept. is supposed to investigate or prosecute. They are going after things like interstate sex trafficking.

3. Interstate sex trafficking is generally much harder to prove than statutory rape, which is very easy if the victims will testify.

4. At any time from 2008 to the present, Florida and New York prosecutors could have gone after Epstein and easily convicted him. The federal nonprosecution agreement did not bind them.

5. This is why former U.S. Attorney Acosta is credible (tho still maybe lying) when he says that the 2008 nonprosecution deal was reasonable. He had to prove interstate sex trafficking, not just sexual abuse of minors.

6. Acosta said that Washington Bush Administration people told him to go easy on Epstein because he was an intelligence source. That is plausible. Epstein had info and blackmailing ability with people like Ehud Barak, leader is Israel’s Labor Party. But “intelligence” is also the kind of excuse people make up so they don’t have to say “political pressure.”

7. Quite possibly, prison workers from guard to warden were bribed to let Epstein get killed. When there are several (many?) people who would pay $20 million to have him killed, we should *expect* bribery attempts. If none have been detected, that must be because prison workers are not reporting that they have been approached.

8. Prison workers from guard to warden should be told that if they took bribes, their lives are now in danger. If I were the briber, I’d think hard about it. Prison guards may not be bright enough to realize this.

9. Prison workers should have their passports taken away for a while. They are flight risks.

10. Anybody who knows anything important about Epstein should be advised to publicize their information immediately. That is the best way to stay alive. This is not like a typical case where witnesses get killed so they won’t testify. It’s not like with gangsters.

11. Here, the publicity and investigative lead is more important, because these are reputable and rich sex fiends, for whom publicity is a bigger threat than losing in court. (They have very good lawyers, and probably aren’t guilty of federal crimes anyway, just state crimes–see point 2.) Thus, killing you before you tell the public is more important than killing you just to prevent your testimony at a trial.

12. Why didn’t Epstein ask the Court, or the Justice Dept., for permission to have an unarmed guard share his cell with him? Epstein had no chance at bail without bribing the judge, but this request would have been reasonable.

13. Could Epstein have used the safeguard of leaving a trove of photos with a friend or lawyer to be published if he died an unnatural death? Maybe, but think about it— his lawyer was Dershowitz. The friend or lawyer could earn $100 million by disobeying instructions and keeping the photos secret. They’re just too valuable, and Epstein was someone whose friends were the kind of people he couldn’t trust.

14. Judge Robert Sweet in 2017 ordered all documents in an Epstein-related case sealed. He died in May 2019 at age 96, at home in Idaho. The sealing was completely illegal, as the appeals court politely noted in 2019, and the documents were released a day or two before Epstein died. Someone should check into Judge Sweet’s finance and death. He was an ultra-establishment figure, though (a Yale man, alas, like me, and Taft School), and so might just have been protecting what he considered good people. https://www.foxnews.com/us/federal-judge-overseeing-key-lawsuit-relating-to-pedophile-jeffrey-epstein-dies

15. Why isn’t anybody but Ann Coulter talking about Barry Krischer, the Florida state prosecutor who refused to use the evidence the Palm Beach police gave him except to file a no-jail-time prostitution charge (they eventually went to Acosta, the federal prosecutor, instead, who got a guilty plea with an 18-month sentence).

16. Did Epstein have any sex/investment/friendship dealings with any Republican except Wexner? Dershowitz, Mitchell, Clinton, Richardson, Dubin, George Stephanopolous,Lawrence Krauss Couric, Mortimer Zuckerman, Chelsea Handler, Cyrus Vance, Woody Allen, are all Democrats. Don’t count Trump– no sex or money, just an acquaintance. Don’t count Starr– he’s just one of his lawyers. Don’t count scientists who just took money gifts from him.

https://dailycaller.com/2014/02/04/woody-allen-in-2010-obama-should-be-a-dictator/ ,

17. The Justice Dept. had better not let Epstein’s body be cremated right away. And they’d better give us convincing evidence that it’s his body. If I had $100 million to use to get out of jail, acquiring a corpse and bribing a few people to switch fingerprints and DNA wouldn’t be hard.

18. Remember Marc Rich? He was a billionaire who fled the country to avoid a possible 300 years prison term, and was pardoned by Bill Clinton in 2001. Ehud Barak, one of Epstein’s friends, was one of the people who asked for him to be pardoned. Epstein, his killers, and any other rich people know that as a last resort they can flee and wait for someone like Clinton to come to office so they can be pardoned.


19. Some people say that government incompetence could explain lack of a suicide watch, guards checking in on Epstein, no security camera. True, but if they’re that sloppy, they also would be unable to prevent Epstein from being murdered. In fact, murder becomes even more plausible— rather than spending $50 million on bribes, you just pay some thug $30,000 and he walks in and does it, nothing fancy needed. So government incompetence does not lend support to the suicide theory; quite the opposite. We know people wanted Epstein dead; gross government incompetence means it wouldn’t even take a rich person to get him killed.


20. The Acting Warden of the Metropolitan Correction Center is Shirley Skipper-Scott, an Alabama State graduate who as a GS14 who seems to have entered the civil service as a GS-11 in 2004. Her Facebook page is gone, I think, but I’ve posted a pdf at http:/rasmusen.org/special/ShirleySkipper-Scott.pdf. She seems like a nice Christian lady. She’s black, though, so one must suspect she only got her job because of affirmative action (sorry, folks: that’s the whole idea of affirmative action, and one reason I oppose it is because the policy casts doubt on every black person’s credentials). Her base salary is $127,218, not much for someone in such an important and hard job in New York City.

Correction, Aug 13: She was recently (before Epstein) replaced by Lamine N’Diaye.


21. President Trump didn’t have anything to fear personally to fear from Epstein, I think. He is too canny to have gotten involved with him. But we must worry about a cover-up anyway, because rich and important people would be willing to pay him a lot in money or, more likely, in support for his policies.

22. Geoffrey Berman, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, is the only government official we know we can trust, because he could have stopped the 2019 Epstein indictment. (I don’t think Attorney-General Barr could have, and I don’t think President Trump could have except by firing Berman.)

23. I also trust Attorney-General Barr, from what I’ve heard of him and because he instantly and publicly said he would have not just the FBI but the Justice Dept. Inspector-General investigate Epstein’s death. The FBI is untrustworthy, but Inspector-Generals are often honorable (though President Obama tried hard to suppress their independence).

24. Why did nobody pay attention to James Patterson’s 2016 book, Filthy Rich: A Powerful Billionaire, the Sex Scandal that Undid Him, and All the Justice that Money Can Buy: The Shocking True Story of Jeffrey Epstein? I just found another 2016 book: TrafficKing: The Jeffrey Epstein Case, by Conchita Sarnoff.

25. It would be nice if someone did a study of recent articles on Epstein’s death. Which ones say he committed suicide, and which ones say “apparent suicide”? This subtle sign might help reveal who’s corrupted.

26. August 12, the National Review has an article, “The Conspiracy Theories about Jeffrey Epstein’s Death Don’t Make Much Sense.” The article contains no evidence or argument to support the headline’s assertion, just bluster about “madness” and “conspiracy theories”.

27. Even media outlets that generally publish good articles must be suspected of corruption. “The effort led to the publication of articles describing him as a selfless and forward-thinking philanthropist with an interest in science on websites like Forbes, National Review and HuffPost….

All three articles have been removed from their sites in recent days, after inquiries from The New York Times….

The National Review piece, from the same year, called him “a smart businessman” with a “passion for cutting-edge science.”…

Ms. Galbraith was also a publicist for Mr. Epstein, according to several news releases promoting Mr. Epstein’s foundations… In the article that appeared on the National Review site, she described him as having “given thoughtfully to countless organizations that help educate underprivileged children.”

“We took down the piece, and regret publishing it,” Rich Lowry, the editor of National Review since 1997, said in an email. He added that the publication had “had a process in place for a while now to weed out such commercially self-interested pieces from lobbyists and PR flacks.”

28. Epstein’s bail filing included what I see as a veiled threat against DOJ officials. Maybe it backfired.

“If the government is correct that the NPA does not, and never did, preclude a prosecution in this district, then the government will likely have to explain why it purposefully delayed a prosecution of someone like Mr. Epstein, who registered as a sex offender 10 years ago and was certainly not stranger to law enforcement. There is no legitimate explanation for the delay.”


The threat is that Epstein would, when the case proceeded later,  subpoena people and documents from the Justice Department relevant to the question of why there was a ten-year delay, and expose the illegitimate explanation for the delay.

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