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Jeffrey Epstein, his Pedophile Island, and the Lolita Express

An American billionaire financier and sex offender. He worked at Bear Stearns early in his career and then formed his own firm, J. Epstein & Co. In 2008, Epstein was convicted of soliciting an underage girl for prostitution, for which he served 13 months in a county jail and house arrest.

Jeffrey Epstein is a Level 3 registered sex offender and supposed child trafficker. He has pled guilty to criminal charges for solicitation of prostitution in Palm Beach, Florida. Though sued numerous times by victims in civil trials, he has never faced criminal charges for engaging in and soliciting sex with minors on his personal aircraft, dubbed the “Lolita Express,” or his Caribbean island, Little St James, colloquially known as “Orgy Island.” Child victims have claimed that the island is a hub for housing children who are bought from trafficking rings and abused by its elite visitors.[1]

Relation with #Pizzagate

Jeffrey Epstein maintains very close connections with some of the most elite men and women in the world including Bill Clinton, Kevin Spacey, Robert Maxwell, and Prince Andrew. [2] Bill Clinton in particular has flown on Epstein’s private aircraft, the “Lolita Express” 26 times.

Epstein has said that he was founder of the Clinton Global Initiative, part of the Clinton Foundation.[3] He also has given money to the Clinton Foundation, even giving $25,000 one year after his arrest.[4]

Jeffrey Epstein was in a relationship with Ghislaine Maxwell during the time in which he was engaging in sexual relations with underage girls. Epstein’s victims claimed Maxwell acted as a “madam” to assist in procuring victims on Epstein’s behalf. Maxwell maintains a close friendship with the Clintons, even after Epstein’s arrest, even being invited to Chelsea’s wedding. Maxwell’s current initiative, The TerraMar Project, provides millions of dollars in funding to the Clinton Foundation.[5]

Jeffrey Epstein is also referred to in the Podesta emails, if briefly, in relation to an email from Tina Flournoy writing to tell John Podesta of a tweet from Katherine Miller regarding a news article about Jeffrey Epstein.[6] The article referenced is Buzzfeed’s “Plenty Of Innuendo, But No Hard Evidence Of New Clinton Sex Scandal” by Ken Bensinger. It is one of the few (and perhaps only) that attempts to clear Bill Clinton of any wrongdoing in relation to Epstein. Given that neither Flournoy, nor Katherine Miller’s tweet, said whether the article was good or bad for the Clintons, one might assume that the Clinton team knew of it in advance and perhaps even collaborated in its construction, as they had with other news organizations as evidenced in other Podesta emails. Nevertheless, based on his response, Podesta seemed pleased with it.




Past

Convicted and served time in a county jail and house arrest for soliciting a minor for prostitution in Palm Beach, Florida. Although sued many times in civil trials by victims, he has never been criminally charged for activities that took place on his personal aircraft or privately owned island in the US Virgin Islands, Little St. James.

Solicitation of Prostitution from a Minor and the Palm Beach Trial

Generally Accepted Facts from Wikipedia

In March 2005, a woman contacted Palm Beach police and alleged her 14-year-old daughter had been taken to Jeffrey Epstein’s mansion by an older girl and paid $300 after stripping and massaging him. She had undressed, but left the encounter wearing her underwear.

Police started an 11-month undercover investigation of Epstein, followed by a search of his home. Subsequently, they alleged that Epstein had paid several escorts to perform sexual acts on him. Interviews with five alleged victims and seventeen witnesses under oath, a high-school transcript and other items they found in Epstein’s trash and home allegedly showed that some girls were under 18. A search of Epstein’s home found large numbers of photos of girls throughout the house, some of whom had been interviewed earlier by the police. Papers filed in 2006 alleged that Epstein installed concealed cameras in numerous places on his property to record sexual activity with underage girls by prominent people for criminal purposes such as blackmail.

Epstein had set up a system of young women recruiting other women for his massage services. Two housekeepers stated to the police that Epstein would receive “massages” every day whenever he stayed in Palm Beach. In May 2006, Palm Beach police filed a probable cause affidavit saying that Epstein should be charged with four counts of unlawful sex with minors and one molestation count. His team of lawyers included Gerald Lefcourt, Alan Dershowitz and later Ken Starr. Epstein passed a lie detector test in which he was asked whether he knew of the underage status of the girls—although lie detector tests are generally not admissible in a court of law.




Instead of following police recommendation, the prosecutors considered the evidence weak and presented it to a grand jury. Former chief of Palm Beach police Michael Reiter later wrote to State Attorney Barry Krischer to complain of the state’s “highly unusual” conduct and asked him to remove himself from the case. The grand jury returned only a single charge of felony solicitation of prostitution, to which Epstein pleaded not guilty in August 2006.

Irregularities within the Legal Proceedings

Violation of the Criminal Victims Rights Act

Prosecutors signed a plea agreement in secret with Epstein without notifying his victims. This is a violation of the Criminal Victims Rights Act (“CVRA”). The CVRA enumerates the rights afforded to victims in federal criminal cases. The Act grants victims eight rights.[7] The specific right relevant in this case is the following: 4. The right to be reasonably heard at any public proceeding in the district court involving release, plea, sentencing, or any parole proceeding. [Emphasis Added]The statute’s definition of “Crime Victim” is a person directly and proximately harmed as a result of the commission of a Federal offense…[8]

Epstein Attorney—Alan Dershowitz

Journalist and Attorney Rachel Stockman, of ABC Chief Legal Correspondent Dan Abram’s LawNewz,discussed the matter: “In my opinion, the young women make it clear from a series of documents obtained through discovery that the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Southern Florida violated the very spirit of the federal law meant to protect victims. Not only do prosecutors negotiate a carefully worded non-prosecution agreement with Epstein’s attorneys, they apparently don’t notify dozens of his alleged victims until after the deal has been signed. When the feds did send out notifications in 2008, documents reveal the FBI made it appear as if the investigation was still ongoing, even though they knew full well that a deal had been reached with Epstein to end the investigation. If that’s not bad enough, attorneys for the alleged victims also presented evidence that prosecutors worked with Epstein’s attorneys to prevent the public disclosure of the non-prosecution agreement. In my view, the U.S. Attorney’s office would never have taken such action in a criminal case if they hadn’t been heavily influenced by Epstein’s slew of heavy-hitter attorneys which include Alan Dershowitz, Kenneth Starr, Roy Black, and Jay Lefkowitz.”It is interesting to note that Epstein’s attorneys have refused to acknowledge his victims as victims because the attorneys believe the underage girls willingly participated.[9] Unfortunately for Mr. Epstein, US law provides that minors are incapable of consent, which is why statutory rape is a strict liability offense.[10]There is one cultural subset, however, that does share Epstein’s attorneys’ view that minors can consent. That is one of the founding principles of pedophile organizations like NAMBLA.[11]

In December 30, 2014, a federal civil suit was filed in Florida against the United States for this violation of the Crime Victims’ Rights Act in agreeing to the 2008 plea. This case is discussed further under the [Civil Trials section]




Plea Bargain for Unidentified and Undisclosed Co-Conspirators

In the US, there is a right of public access to criminal proceedings. This right extends to the identity of criminal defendants. From Chapter 24 of the book, “Lessons from the Identity Trail: Anonymity, Privacy and Identity in a Networked Society “:

There are… strong restrictions precluding the anonymity of criminal defendants. The trial courts in southern and central Florida, for example, experimented with a system in which some cases involving defendants believed to be particularly dangerous were kept in a secret docket that was not made part of the public record. This practice was severely criticized by the court of appeal, which said that it violated the First Amendment right of the public, a right that extends to the docket sheets themselves.

The plea bargain in Epstein’s case provided protection from prosecution for his unidentified “co-conspirators” as well. Not surprisingly, it is unheard of for co-conspirators/co-defendants to be kept anonymous in a legal proceeding. Texas Attorney Michael Lowe writes:

  The NPA [Non-Prosecution Agreement/Plea Bargain] is VERY strange mostly due to the government’s   grant of immunity to unknown and uncharged co-conspirators. This is unenforceable and borderline   unethical. No lawyer can bargain on behalf of a client for whom he does not represent. That’s what was   done here. What if one of the alleged co-conspirators wanted to have their day in court? It seems   unlikely but every person charged has that right. Also, what if the government were to violate the NPA   and prosecute one of the coconspirators? Epstein couldn’t seek to undo the NPA because he lacks   standing to do so. An NPA like this is simply not done and is unheard of in federal and state criminal   law circles.[12]

However, emails by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ann Marie Villafaña to Epstein’s attorneys show that was exactly the prosecution’s intent – hiding information from the judge in addition to the public: “I will include our standard language regarding resolving all criminal liability and I will mention ‘co-conspirators,’ but I would prefer not to highlight for the judge all of the other crimes and all of the other persons that we could charge.”[13]

Holding Grand Jury Proceeding Against Palm Beach PD’s Recommendation

Prosecutors employed a grand jury against Palm Beach PD’s recommendation – the case did not require a grand jury hearing – and likely “threw the case” so only one criminal charge survived. For those unfamiliar, a grand jury is different from a trial jury. “A grand jury simply makes a predicate determination of whether there is probable cause that a crime has been committed and that the person accused committed the crime. In contrast to the trial jury’s strict standard of guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, this probable cause standard has been defined as ‘a reasonable ground of suspicion supported by circumstances strong enough in themselves to warrant a cautious person in the belief that the named suspect is guilty of the offense charged.’ In essence, the grand jury merely initiates a criminal prosecution.”[14]

The crimes Epstein would be charged with were felonies but not capital offenses, thus a grand jury was not required. “In Florida, a grand jury indictment is required only to try a person for a capital offense; i.e., one where the death penalty may be given. Otherwise, the state attorney has concurrent authority to file a formal accusation of the commission of a crime (an “information”). The information is used routinely to charge individuals in Florida.”[15]

However, prosecutors called a grand jury because they claimed the evidence in the case was “weak.” This infuriated the Palm Beach PD who thought there was an immense body of evidence.

  As the case progressed, state attorney Barry Krischer, who also ran Florida's crimes against children unit, became increasingly   reluctant to mount a prosecution. He said the local victims were not credible witnesses. Rather than charging Epstein, Krischer   took the bizarre step of referring the case to a grand jury. America remains one of few countries in the world to still use grand   juries to decide whether to prosecute a case. Two recently decided against indicting police officers who killed Mike Brown and   Eric Garner. There is no judge presiding over a grand jury--instead, prosecuting attorneys, typically with close working   relationships with the police, instruct the jury on the law. These attorneys hold a great deal of sway over the final results. It   is no surprise, therefore, that the rich and powerful are keen for cases against them to go to a grand jury, where the prosecuting   attorney, whom they may personally know, is able to "advise" the jury on what legal decision it should take. [16]   

Indeed, records available now online show just how much evidence there was and the existence of so many substantiating witnesses, even by the prosecutions own admission – which private emails would later reveal. It also appears clear that the use of a grand jury gave Epstein and his attorneys time to re-torment his victims through verbal threats and use private investigators to harass the police and victims in their personal lives to discourage them from testifying.[17]

Possibility of Bribery

As would be revealed in civil trials discussed below, House manager Alfredo Rodriguez “testified that Epstein made large contributions to the Palm Beach Police Department, and in return was given PBPD baseball hats to put on the dashboard of his various cars to avoid being stopped or ticketed by local police. Retired Police Chief Michael Reiter, in his own deposition, acknowledged that, in addition to earlier donations to the police department (which are fairly common in well-heeled Palm Beach), Epstein had recently given the department $100,000 for some sophisticated equipment. The police were still researching the purchase when Epstein came under suspicion, and Reiter ordered the money returned.”[18]

In situations where there are ethical questions regarding the police force involved in investigating a case, an independent prosecution should be brought in. That did not happen in this case.

Unusual Sentence

Epstein was only sentenced to 18 months, and of that, served only 13. He was not sent to a state prison but rather was “segregated in a vacant wing of the county stockade.”[19] In addition, “Epstein was let out on work release six days a week for up to 16 hours a day.”[20] “During his yearlong house arrest, Epstein flew around the country on his private jets to conduct business, with approval from the court and his probation officer. He also went to Home Depot and Sports Authority for large periods of time, all approved by his probation officer.”[21]

Civil Trials involving the “Lolita Express” and “Orgy Island”

Generally Accepted Facts from Wikipedia

On February 6, 2008, an anonymous Virginia woman filed a $50 million civil lawsuit in federal court against Epstein, alleging that when she was a 16-year-old minor in 2004–2005, she was “recruited to give Epstein a massage”. She claims she was taken to his mansion, where he exposed himself and had sexual intercourse with her, and paid her $200 immediately afterward. A similar $50 million suit was filed in March 2008 by a different woman, who was represented by the same lawyer. Several of these lawsuits were dismissed, and all other lawsuits were settled out of court. Epstein made many out-of-court settlements with alleged victims, and some cases remain ongoing. A December 30, 2014, federal civil suit was filed in Florida against the United States for violations of the Crime Victims’ Rights Act in agreeing to the 2008 plea; it accuses Alan Dershowitz of sexually abusing a minor provided by Epstein. (See Two Jane Does v. United States.) However, the allegations against Dershowitz were stricken by the judge and eliminated from the case after Dershowitz’s attorney argued that they were baseless. A court document alleges that Epstein ran a “sexual abuse ring”, and lent underage girls to “prominent American politicians, powerful business executives, foreign presidents, a well-known prime minister, and other world leaders”.

Virginia Roberts

She is one of the two Jane Does in the federal civil suit case mentioned above. The ongoing status of that legal proceeding is available here. For more details on the plaintiffs’ claims in this case, see this Plaintiff’s Motion for Summary Judgement as a Matter of Law.

Irregularities within the Civil Trials

No New Criminal Prosecutions Based on New Victims

Federal Statute of Limitations does not apply as the crimes involve human trafficking.[22]

Under Construction.

MC2 Modeling Agency, Jean Luc Brunel, and Accusations of Sex Trafficking

Jean Luc Brunel is a 50-plus French playboy who was formerly part owner of Karin, a Paris-based modeling agency.[23] Epstein made a $1 million wire transfer to Jean Luc Brunel’s offshore bank account in September 2004, just as Brunel was setting up his own MC2 modeling agency.[24]

“Perhaps most disturbing, in terms of possible sex trafficking, was Epstein’s relationship with Jean Luc Brunel, owner of the MC2 modeling agency. According to a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, an alleged victim said that Epstein, assistant and girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell, Brunel, [house manager Alfredo] Rodriguez, and Marcinkova ‘deliberately engaged in a pattern of racketeering that involved luring minor children through MC2, mostly girls under the age of 17, to engage in sexual play for money.’” [25]

In 1988, “60 Minutes” interviewed models who said they were drugged and raped by Brunel.[26] “Brunel ‘ranks among the sleaziest people in the fashion industry. We’re talking about a conveyor belt, not a casting couch. Hundreds of girls were not only harassed but molested.'”[27]

Personal assets

Little St James, and the estate it holds.

The Herbert N. Straus Mansion. Upper East Side Manhattan, New York.[28] Once the largest privately owned residence in New York.

Palm Beach Mansion. Palm Beach, Florida.[29]

Zorro Ranch. Stanley, New Mexico.[30]

Foch Avenue Apartment. Paris, France.[id]

A Boeing 727.[id] Better known as the “Lolita Express.”

Related institutions

Clinton Foundation (Epstein claimed to be a co-founder of the Clinton Global Initiative, part of the Foundation’s work)

Social network

Use of symbology

Golden Egyptian Owl on Little St James

A bird sitting atop a structure on Little St. James.[31] Some have speculated that it is an owl. Linking it with the Egyptian-looking motif of the structure, one may note that ancient Egyptian culture associated the owl with death.[32]

Some have also noted that an owl serves as the symbol of the secret gathering, Bohemian Grove.[33]

On media

– Morning Joe, May 18, 2016. Joe Scarborough and team discuss potential for the Jeffrey Epstein conspiracy to take down the Clintons. [Video is getting take down notices. Digital copy available. Need safe video hosting site. Not a copyright violation as obviously newsworthy.]

– “Filthy Rich” by James Patterson [34]

– “TrafficKing” by Conchita Sarnoff [35]

See Also

Background cases

External links

Raw Trial Documents on Document Cloud [36]

Jeffrey Epstein’s “Little Black Book,” which contains his personal contacts, including several phone numbers for Bill Clinton.[37]






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