As the rumors continue to swirl about who is going to get swept up in the Jeffrey Epstein case, the accused child sex trafficker got some bad news.
Epstein, who was previously convicted of “solicitation” in connection to a similar case in 2008, was today denied bail in a newly minted case against him. This time around, authorities are charging Epstein with child sex trafficking and conspiracy to do so, and have been combing through his personal affairs for weeks. What they’ve found has been disturbing, albeit not all that unexpected.
The latest revelation was that Epstein possessed a phony Saudi Arabian passport – a fact that may very well have been on the mind of the judge in his bail hearing.
A New York federal judge on Thursday ordered Jeffrey Epstein held without bail, siding with prosecutors who argued the wealthy financier and accused sex trafficker posed a flight risk.
U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman said prosecutors showed “clear and convincing evidence” that Epstein was a flight risk.
“The government application for continued remand is hereby granted,” Berman said just minutes after the pretrial proceeding began.
The defense had proposed a $77 million bail package, with Epstein’s private jet and Manhattan mansion as collateral.
“I doubt any bail package can overcome” any danger to the community, Berman said.
Epstein is a wealthy financier whose jet-setting lifestyle and penchant for hobnobbing with high society has become a real liability for many American politicians.
As the Epstein case continues to develop, the accused’s wide web of influence will be coming under enhanced suspicion, possibly exposing something about our nation that we aren’t quite ready to accept.
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