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Posted 05 April 2019 - 09:31 AM

View PostAnBr, on 04 April 2019 - 08:45 PM, said:


So she admitted it out loud. She probably still doesn't think she did anything wrong though. That speaks MUCH more to her character (or lack of character) than it does Biden's. Again, I hope she enjoys her 15 minutes of fame.
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Posted 07 June 2019 - 10:35 AM

The culture excuse. Puh-leaze. It's got the same basis as the excuse made for Roy Moore dating and molesting children.

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A 30-year veteran professor of Stanford University’s School of Medicine—who was fired after an investigation into his alleged sexual misconduct—apologized this week in a letter that attributed his behavior to cultural differences between his native Colombia and “evolving” social norms in the U.S.

Jose Montoya was fired May 30 for what the school called “multiple violations of the university’s conduct policies,” and it was first reported this week by The Stanford Daily.

According to an anonymous statement to the newspaper by “a group of individuals affected by his conduct,” a “large group of women” who worked under Montoya came forward in March with “extensive allegations of sexual misconduct, assault, and harassment.”

“The allegations included multiple instances of Dr. Montoya attempting unsolicited sexual acts with his female employees, among many other instances of harassment and misconduct, and were confirmed in an investigation,” said the statement.

30 years? I've been in the in the workforce longer than that and while norms have evolved it was NEVER acceptable during that time to "attempt unsolicited sexual acts with female employees."
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Posted 25 June 2019 - 04:16 PM

The case of pervert pedophile Jeffrey Epstein is still percolating with the federal government fighting all motions to reexamine the case.

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Last month, victims of billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein argued his controversial plea agreement should be tossed aside and that he should face federal charges for allegedly molesting dozens of underage girls in Palm Beach, Florida.

But the government is now fighting back against their proposed remedies to Epstein’s sweetheart deal, which a federal judge ruled was illegal earlier this year because Epstein’s victims were never consulted about the agreement.

In court papers filed late Monday, prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s Office argued “the remedies that Petitioners seek go well beyond what equity allows.” As The Daily Beast reported, the victims’ first priority was for the court to rescind the immunity provisions of Epstein’s secret 2007 non-prosecution agreement, brokered by Alexander Acosta (now President Trump’s Labor Secretary), which shielded the 66-year-old financier and his alleged co-conspirators from federal prosecution.

Instead, Epstein pleaded guilty to a pair of state charges and only served 13 months in the private wing of a Palm Beach jail, though most of his time was spent on work release.

The victims, identified as Jane Does 1 and 2, also requested remedies including: a public hearing with mandatory attendance by Acosta and Epstein; monetary sanctions against the U.S. government and attorneys’ fees; training for prosecutors in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida; and opening of the case file, including grand jury materials.

Their pleading on remedies comes as part of a lawsuit the Jane Does filed against the government in 2008. They claimed federal prosecutors in Miami violated the Crime Victims’ Rights Act by keeping them in the dark while they collaborated with Epstein and his legal team behind closed doors.

But, according to the government’s latest filing, any remedies the court imposes should “give victims a voice in the criminal justice process, but not decision-making authority over prosecution decisions.”

The government claims that the victims’ request to toss out the plea deal would “cause unintended harm to many of” the victims and jeopardize the settlements more than a dozen of them received.

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Posted 08 July 2019 - 03:22 PM

WTF just happened at Kevin Spacey's pre-trial?

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The man accusing Kevin Spacey of sexual assault refused to testify at a pre-trial hearing in Massachusetts on Monday, invoking his Fifth Amendment right and casting doubt on whether the case would proceed to trial.

Spacey, 59, is charged with felony indecent assault and battery for allegedly groping an 18-year-old busboy at a local bar in 2016. Monday’s hearing concerned the whereabouts of the accuser’s phone that contains evidence about the alleged assault.

In a Nantucket court on Monday, the accuser answered questions about text messages he sent to friends during the encounter—some of which are missing from the screenshots he later sent to police as evidence.

When Spacey’s attorney Alan Jackson advised him that tampering evidence was a felony, the accuser asserted his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and declined to testify in the rest of the hearing. His prior testimony was stricken from the record.

Jackson then moved to dismiss the case completely.

“This entire case is completely compromised,” Jackson said. “[The accuser] is the sole witness who can establish the circumstances of this allegation on the night in question.”

Judge Thomas Barrett denied Jackson’s motion to immediately dismiss, but added later, “I don’t know what’s going to happen with [the accuser], whether the case is going to continue or collapse.”

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Posted 08 July 2019 - 03:24 PM

Jeffrey Epstein was busted again. It turns out that they may have new evidence in which case the old bogus settlement agreement won't matter.

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Federal agents found nude photos of “what appear to be underage girls” in billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s home, Geoffrey Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, confirmed at a press conference on Monday. “Contemporaneous with the arrest of Epstein at Teterboro airport, agents executed a search warrant on his mansion in New York City and recovered and seized—and that was a search pursuant to a valid warrant,” Berman said. “Agents seized evidence, including nude photographs of what appear to be underage girls.” The evidence was seized after Epstein was previously convicted of a sexual offense involving an underage girl.

According to a Department of Justice memo requesting Epstein not be released before trial, agents found photographs and compact discs in a locked safe with labels such as: “Young [Name] + [Name],” “Misc nudes 1,” and “Girl pics nude.” “The defendant, a registered sex offender, is not reformed... he is not repentant, rather, he is a continuing danger to the community and an individual who faces devastating evidence supporting deeply serious charges,” the memo reads. Epstein was arrested in New York on Saturday for allegedly sex trafficking dozens of minors in New York and Florida between 2002 and 2005, as first reported by The Daily Beast. The arrest comes about 12 years after Epstein was given a secret sweetheart plea deal for allegedly molesting more than 100 underage girls.

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Posted 17 July 2019 - 04:59 PM

Could Epstein be a higher flight risk? I don't know how.

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Jeffrey Epstein’s lawyers downplayed his possession of a foreign passport under a fake name by suggesting he’d never used it—but prosecutors said Wednesday that’s not the case.

In a letter to the federal judge who will decide if the financier stays in jail until trial, the U.S. attorney’s office said that the travel document “contains numerous ingress and egress stamps, including stamps that reflect use of the passport to enter France, Spain, the United Kingdom, and Saudi Arabia in the 1980s.”

The passport—which was Austrian but listed a Saudi Arabia address—was found in a locked safe in Epstein’s Manhattan mansion, and prosecutors cited it in court earlier this week as evidence that the accused sex trafficker is a flight risk.

Epstein’s attorneys then shot back that there was an innocent explanation for the passport: He acquired it as “personal protection,” to hide his Jewish identity from hijackers, kidnappers, or terrorists during travel in the Middle East.

“The government offers nothing to suggest—and certainly no evidence—that Epstein ever used it,” the defense wrote to the judge—a day before the prosecutors did just that.

And prosecutors also noted that Epstein’s explanation of the passport left unanswered questions.

“The defendant’s submission does not address how the defendant obtained the foreign passport and, more concerning, the defendant has still not disclosed to the Court whether he is a citizen or legal permanent resident of a country other than the United States,” they wrote.

Also found in the safe was $70,000 in cash and 48 small diamonds that prosecutors contend are often kept on hand by someone who needs to make a quick getaway.

U.S. District Judge Richard Berman is set to decide Thursday whether Epstein should stay locked up at the Metropolitan Correctional Center or be put on house arrest at his mansion, which prosecutors have derisively called his “gilded cage.”

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Posted 18 July 2019 - 11:23 AM

Child rapist and sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein will remain in jail ... where he belongs.

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A federal judge in New York denied the financier bail on Thursday, ruling that the globe-trotting financier must stay locked up until his trial on sex-trafficking charges because he’s a flight risk and a “danger” to the community.

The decision is a victory for prosecutors who argued that Epstein was too rich and the charges he faces too serious to let him return to the Manhattan mansion where he allegedly molested dozens of underage girls.

The proof they offered included a fake Austrian passport and dozens of small diamonds found in a safe, accusations of witness-tampering and suspiciously timed payments to alleged accomplices.

When Epstein offered to put up a $100 million bond, hire armed guards and a “live-in” trustee, the feds scoffed that he was trying to build his own private prison—a “gilded cage” from which he could easily take flight.

U.S. District Judge Richard Berman agreed, saying, “I doubt that any bail package can overcome danger to the community.”

“The decision speaks to the seriousness of the crimes,” Berman said, adding that prosecutors established “clear and convinced evidence” that Epstein could try to go on the lam.

He said his ruling also took into consideration testimony from two of Epstein’s accusers, Courtney Wild and Annie Farmer, who said they feared his release.

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Posted 18 July 2019 - 12:03 PM

Sure looks like in addition to a bogus passport Epstein is going to get a name change. To "short eyes."
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Posted 23 July 2019 - 11:06 AM

Epstein is trying to get bail.

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Jeffrey Epstein is already trying to get out of jail.

The accused sex trafficker filed papers Tuesday stating that he intends to appeal a judge’s decision to keep him locked up until trial.

U.S. District Judge Richard Berman last week shot down Epstein’s request to be put on house arrest, writing that he was a clear flight risk who was likely to prey on young women if he was released.

“Mr. Epstein’s alleged excessive attraction to sexual conduct with or in the presence of minor girls—which is said to include his soliciting and receiving massages from young girls and young women perhaps as many as four times a day—appears likely to be uncontrollable,” Berman wrote.

“It seems fair to say that Mr. Epstein’s future behavior will be consistent with past behavior, including the trove of ‘lewd photographs of young-looking women or girls,’ which were recently uncovered during the July 6-7, 2019, search of Mr. Epstein’s East 71st Street mansion,” the judge added.

Epstein—who is worth $559 million, according to his financial filings with the court—offered to put up a massive bond secured by his brother Mark Epstein’s house, wear an ankle monitor, hire armed guards, install surveillance cameras, and open his Manhattan mansion to a live-in “trustee.”

Federal prosecutors and the judge agreed that all that was not enough to ensure that Epstein would not flee or break the law.

As The Daily Beast reported last week, a lawyer representing Epstein accusers publicly claimed that when the financier was serving 13 months on work release in Florida a decade ago, he was using his time away from jail to abuse girls and young women.


A journalist investigating his last sweetheart deal is finding all sorts of inconsistencies. On top of that it appears that officials in the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office may be intentionally be avoiding truly filling legal FOIA requests for information on Epstein's jail and work release schedules.

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Jeffrey Epstein’s lenient 2008 conviction for his sexual assaults on adolescent girls may be described as one of the greatest travesties of justice in recent history. Brad Edwards, an attorney for many of Epstein’s victims, announced last week that Epstein continued to prey on young women while serving his sentence in Palm Beach. Unlike other sex offenders in Florida, Epstein had his own wing of the Palm Beach County jail and liberal work-release policies. Due to this new information, the Miami Herald reported, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (PBSO) has suddenly opened an internal-affairs investigation of Epstein’s incarceration.

As part of my research on the Epstein case, I sent an FOIA request earlier this summer to the PBSO concerning Jeffrey Epstein (inmate No. W35755). I asked for two records: Work-Release List entries and the Visitor Information Log. Six days later, I received an email requesting that I phone to clarify my request. I thought this was strange because “Work-Release List” and “Visitor Information Log” are the exact names of documents that I already knew the PBSO maintained.

The officer I spoke to on the phone seemed reluctant to provide the records. He intimated that they were for an older inmate and probably not kept. When I pressed him, he then described the records as possibly hand-written and difficult to obtain. It seemed as if there might be no records, but then inexplicably, several days later, an email with three PDF attachments arrived in my inbox.

The Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office sent me 149 pages of “Work Release” sign-in sheets in two “batches.” Additionally, they returned a single-page Visitor Log. (However, I already had other Visitor Logs for Epstein from other sources, which suggests they did not release all the records to me.) Many of the Work Release forms were duplicates and not 149 separate records for each of his work-release days. If someone did not comb through each page carefully, they might falsely believe all the relevant records were provided.

Another document I obtained (separately from this FOIA) was of a fax sent by the PBSO (Media Relations division) that contained work-release sign-in/sign-out sheets for 10 days in July 2009, plus “Extra Duty” records for several days when Palm Beach Sheriff’s officers provided private security for Jeffrey Epstein. The documents in this fax were not included in the response to my FOIA request.

In total, the records I assembled contained 77 actual days of Jeffrey Epstein’s work release from October 2008 through July 2009. The top of the form identifies it as a “Work Release Log,” the day of the week, and the date. Below is the name of the prisoner (Jeffrey Epstein) with his sign-out time (8 a.m. or 10 a.m.) and his sign-in time for when he returns from work. Both the sheriff’s deputy and Epstein were required to sign separately each day when he left and when he returned.

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Posted 23 July 2019 - 11:49 AM

Convenient, isn't it, that all of those discrepancies are old enough to fall off the back of the statute of limitations truck.
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Posted 31 July 2019 - 03:21 PM

More on the Epstein case.

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Jeffrey Epstein's sex trafficking trial will have a million pages of discovery, including materials on devices seized from his Manhattan mansion, lawyers said today.

The sex offender financier was back in court on Wednesday as his defense attorneys duked it out with prosecutors over how quickly to go to trial. The prosecution has requested a June date but the defense is fighting to delay until September 2020. The trial, prosecutors said, will last four to six weeks.


New York state doesn't give a shit about his sleazy plea deal.

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A Florida judge is also set to rule any day on whether to uphold the 2007 NPA, after determining that it violated the Crime Victims' Rights Act. The agreement gave Epstein—and any alleged co-conspirators—broad protections and is sure to be central to Epstein's defense strategy. But New York prosecutors argue that it does not bind them and that they are free to pursue their own case.

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Posted 31 July 2019 - 04:53 PM

Jeffrey Epstein is even creepier than I imagined. This guy is seriously f***ed up. He needs to be put away for life.

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The New York Times on Wednesday published an article detailing Jeffrey Epstein’s desire to “seed the human race with his DNA.”

Epstein, a wealthy financier and alleged child molester, had discussed his plan with scientists and people associated with the transhumanism movement.

“On multiple occasions starting in the early 2000s, Mr. Epstein told scientists and businessmen about his ambitions to use his New Mexico ranch as a base where women would be inseminated with his sperm and would give birth to his babies,” sources told The New York Times. His dream “was to have 20 women at a time impregnated.”

Epstein had also expressed an interest in cryogenics. He allegedly wanted both his head and penis to be frozen.

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Posted 02 August 2019 - 12:37 PM

 LFC, on 31 July 2019 - 04:53 PM, said:

He allegedly wanted both his head and penis to be frozen.
I think the government should do that NOW and save a lot of prosecution expense...
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Posted 10 August 2019 - 09:36 AM

Looks like Epstein's topped himself. Does this make it harder or easier to hide for the vast number of prominent people that associated with and made use of him and want it covered up? It's Prince Andrew I want to know about. He may well have not gone to anything unwholesome organised by Epstein, but if he ever has you can bet your sweet bippy that three-quarters of the British Establishment will bust their guts and pop their cylinders to cover it up.

Therefore I want this whole thing to bust wide open before they even get started. I want any cover-up attempts to be busted, and be seen to be busted, more than I want Prince Andrew brought down. I knew he was a wrong 'un years ago, and so such a revelation would be less of a shock to me than to many Brits. But, yes, if the news is the worst possible, then trample him down.
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Posted 10 August 2019 - 11:59 AM

Seems to me his rather curious and convenient death will likely be the end of the whole thing, unless he left some pretty damning evidence lying around.

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Posted 10 August 2019 - 02:14 PM

 indy, on 10 August 2019 - 11:59 AM, said:

Seems to me his rather curious and convenient death will likely be the end of the whole thing, unless he left some pretty damning evidence lying around.

His partner in crime is still alive I think. Ghislaine Maxwell. I don't know if she's been charged. There is one civil suit that I'm aware of against him, now his estate.

I suspect the Republicans are torn between wanting to keep this in the news with revelations about prominent Dems being clients and fearing that their own prominent people (donors) will be revealed.

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Posted 10 August 2019 - 05:59 PM

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“If we were living in a paranoid fantasy universe, I would be very suspicious about the Epstein suicide, even about whether it was really suicide,” wrote New York Times columnist Paul Krugman. “And you know what? The Epstein case itself shows that we *are* kind of living in a paranoid fantasy universe.”

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Posted 10 August 2019 - 06:39 PM

Yup to that paranoid fantasy universe. Certain corners of social media have positively EXPLODED with what I can only describe as the revival of Clinton Derangement Syndrome. Conversely, other corners are screaming equally loudly about potential Trump involvement.

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Posted 10 August 2019 - 06:54 PM

 Bact PhD, on 10 August 2019 - 06:39 PM, said:

Yup to that paranoid fantasy universe. Certain corners of social media have positively EXPLODED with what I can only describe as the revival of Clinton Derangement Syndrome...

And Trump retweeted it!
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Posted 11 August 2019 - 02:36 AM

 baw1064, on 10 August 2019 - 06:54 PM, said:

And Trump retweeted it!

No surprises there then? A tentative suggestion: withdraw your exclamation mark and replace it by <yawn>? (The English aristocratic pose of "amused detachment" and "effortless superiority").

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