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Jeffrey Epstein Plea Deal Must Stand, Prosecutors Tell Sex Abuse Victims

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Jeffrey Epstein, a politically connected financier, escaped federal sex-trafficking charges after his high-powered lawyers pressured prosecutors in Miami to work out a secret plea deal in 2007.

Suspected sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein was handed another break by the Department of Justice on Monday when federal prosecutors rejected his victims’ efforts to throw out his plea deal and prosecute him for abusing dozens of underage girls.

In the 35-page motion, filed in federal court in the Northern District of Georgia, federal prosecutors said that there is no legal basis to invalidate Epstein’s non-prosecution agreement — and they warned the federal judge in the case against doing the same.

U.S. Attorney Byung “B.J.” Pak said that because Congress did not outline specific penalties in the Crime Victims’ Rights Act when it was created by Congress, Epstein’s victims have no right to demand anything from the government — not even an apology. A judge ruled earlier this year that the plea deal violated that legislation.

Read more at our news partner the Miami Herald.