The two correctional officers tasked with guarding billionaire Jeffrey Epstein on the night he died have turned down a plea agreement that would have required them to admit that they falsified official documents.
The rejection of the plea deal has led to speculation that the Justice Department may be preparing to file criminal charges against the correctional officers.
Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) correctional officers found the 66-year-old Tier 3 sex offender hanging in his cell at around 6:30 a.m. on August 10th.
Epstein was transported to New York Downtown Hospital in cardiac arrest before he was declared dead.
The billionaire had been jailed while facing charges for sexually abusing and trafficking children.
Epstein was on suicide watch after authorities believed he tried to kill himself on July 23, shortly after he was denied bail.
He was taken off suicide watch just six days later and returned to the cell he shared with another prisoner in 9 South, a special housing unit (SHU) inside the MCC.
But his roommate was removed from his cell a short time later.
While it is standard practice to put a prisoner who has just been taken off suicide watch in a cell with another prisoner, Epstein didn’t get a new roommate before he allegedly killed himself.
Officials have said that the guards on duty the night Epstein died were supposed to be checking on him every 30 minutes but had not been back to check on him for roughly three. The next time they made rounds, they found him hanging.
The problem, according to sources involved in the investigation say that the guards were falsely recording checks every 30 minutes in the logbook.
Multiple sources have indicated that both employees had been asleep some, or all, of the three-hour period that preceded them finding Epstein hanging from his upper bunk by a bedsheet.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan refused to comment on the plea offer or the guards declination of it.
On November 4th, Bureau of Prisons Director Kathleen Hawk Sawyer issued an internal memo addressing the apparent widespread falsification of prison logs.
“Falsification of information in government systems and documents is also a violation of policy, and may be subject to criminal prosecution as well,” Hawk Sawyer noted.
She also said that employees who are indicted by a grand jury will be immediately placed on unpaid suspension pending the outcome of their cases.
Given the circumstances, his death was anything but clear-cut.
After an initial delay determining the cause, the medical examiner ruled the death a suicide.
A pathologist, hired by the billionaire’s family to observe the autopsy, said late in October that the medical evidence suggested homicide was far more likely than suicide in Epstein’s case.
Former New York City Medical Examiner Dr. Michael Baden said Epstein had two fractures on the left and right sides of his larynx, specifically the thyroid cartilage or Adam’s apple, as well as one fracture on the left hyoid bone above the Adam’s apple.
“Those three fractures are extremely unusual in suicidal hangings and could occur much more commonly in homicidal strangulation,” the former medical examiner said. “I’ve not seen, in 50 years, where that occurred in a suicidal hanging case.”
The forensic pathologist has examined more than 20,000 bodies during his career. He claims that there are too many questions remaining to call the death a suicide.
“I think that the evidence points toward homicide rather than suicide because there are multiple, three fractures in the hyoid bone thyroid cartilage that are very unusual for suicide and more indicative of strangulation, homicidal strangulation,” Baden said.
While he wouldn’t say that the medical examiner’s ruling was wrong, he did say that it possible that he was mistaken.
“It appears that this could have been a mistake,” Baden said. “There’s evidence here of homicide that should be investigated, to see if it is or isn’t homicide.”
Adding that information with the other facts of the case: Epstein was left alone in his cell, the surveillance cameras ‘malfunctioned’ at the time of death, and the guards on duty claim to have been napping when he died, fuels the speculation of a conspiracy.
So, did the prominent figure actually take his own life?
An anonymous source close to the investigation says no.
Epstein was awaiting trial on charges of conspiracy and sex trafficking and was being detained at a high-security complex without bail. He was found dead in his cell on Saturday around 7:30 a.m., authorities said. Three law enforcement officials confirmed that he was found hanging in his cell.
This isn’t the first time the national figure has ‘attempted’ to take his own life. Since his arrest and revealed ties to the Clinton family, the Internet has been awash with people talking about how long it would be until accused pedophile Jeffrey Epstein would end up murdered by “suicide”.
Since then he’s been on suicide watch. 24-hours a day. Interesting.
We were contacted by a source that’s been close to the investigation for years. That anonymous source told LET that Epstein’s ‘suicide’ was inevitable.
According to that source, who must remain unidentified for obvious reasons, Epstein has been an FBI informant for years.
They say the whole reason that everything from the original Florida investigation ‘magically went away’ was because Epstein began providing personal and private criminal information on other people back to the bureau.
The source claimed that Epstein’s case only reappeared recently in the national news because Epstein reportedly broke the terms of his agreement with the FBI… which led to the charges garnering widespread attention.
In the days since the allegations went viral, Epstein reportedly began ‘singing’ to the bureau, allegedly reporting on a ton of high-profile and high-level people in the country. This covers everyone from prominent business figures to celebrities, politicians, and even candidates that had previously ran for the position of President of the United States.
According to the source, senior levels of government were attempting to protect Epstein, but the whispers that said, “it’s only a matter of time,” proved to be correct.
Without the ability to talk… it’s kind of hard to take down all of the high-level criminals in our society.
Epstein was denied bail on July 18 after a bombshell search-warrant revealed that he had a fake passport and piles of cash stashed in his safe.
In his decision to deny bail, U.S. District Judge Richard Berman cited risk of flight and danger to the community.
Epstein was a registered sex offender and private-island owner. He was facing new federal charges of exploiting dozens of underage girls in New York and Florida in the early 2000s.
Back in July, Epstein allegedly tried to kill himself for a first time.
But after he was found semi-conscious with marks on his neck, another inmate in the facility was questioned over whether an assault had taken place.
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That inmate was identified as Nicholas Tartaglione. He’s a former Westchester County police officer who was arrested in December 2016 and accused of killing four men in an alleged cocaine distribution conspiracy.
Court records show Tartaglione then buried their bodies in his yard in Otisville in Orange County.
Local media outlets were told by those sources that Tartaglione claimed not to have seen anything and insisted he did not touch Epstein.
Tartaglione’s attorney denied all the claims that his client attacked the financier.
Epstein’s lawyers had been pushing for house arrest with electronic monitoring at his $77 million Manhattan mansion.
They argued that not only would he not run, but he was willing to pledge a fortune of at least $559 million as collateral.
But Berman said the proposal was “irretrievably inadequate,” saying, “I doubt any bail package can overcome his danger to the community.”
In the meantime, prosecutors argued evidence against Epstein was growing “stronger by the day”. They said several more women had contacted them to say he abused them when they were underage.
Berman went on to say that victims’ testimony also had an impact on his decision, on top of Epstein’s alleged history of intimidating, threatening and paying off witnesses or other parties involved in the case.
One of those cited accusers was Courtney Wild, who recently came forward and said Epstein started sexually abusing her when she was 14 in Palm Beach.
She said Epstein “will never stop sexually abusing children until he is in jail” and urged the judge to deny bail.
To make his argument stronger, Berman also questioned whether Epstein had adhered to the requirements of being a registered sex offender. That was part of a plea deal with Florida prosecutors more than a decade ago.