The public may be able to soon finally see the unsealed court documents from the case brought against serial child sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein after a New York federal court of appeals started moving to unseal some documents related to the case, the Miami Herald reports. The case, which was controversially settled, has come back into the spotlight after it became apparent that there was prosecutorial misconduct. Unsealed documents could help the public finally understand Epstein’s crimes and what the prosecutors potentially helped him hide.
The deadline for all parties involved to comply is March 19, which gives anyone who wants those secrets to remain sealed less than a week to come up with some good reasons to keep them under seal. Otherwise, the panel of three judges are ready to unseal the “summary judgement and supporting documents,” according to the Miami Herald.
“We’re grateful that the court ruled the summary judgment papers are open and they are moving to expedite having them unsealed,’’ Sanford Bohrer, the attorney representing the Miami Herald said. The Herald said it has the support of 32 other media companies, including the New York Times and Washington Post. There are only a few specific reasons for a case to be fully or partially sealed. On rare occasions, something will be improperly sealed, and it can be challenged in court.
The Miami Herald kept reporting on the story and digging deeper, even discovering that former Miami U.S. Attorney Alex Acosta, who now heads the Labor Department of the whole country, was a part of the strange plea deal that happened without the knowledge of the victims. Some form of justice could finally be coming now that a federal judge declared that those involved with the plea deal broke the law by not letting the victims know about the circumstances.
The prosecutors did not follow the Crime Victims’ Rights Act, which is the main charge against them. The act is the reason why what they did, not informing the victims of their full options and what was really going on, was a law-breaking action.
If the documents are unsealed as planned next week, the public could look through over 1,000 documents from the case, which would lay bare what was going on with the trial and what was hidden from the victims and public. The Miami Herald continues that the majority of documents are sealed or heavily redacted and that it follows a pattern of other cases related to Epstein that took place in Florida and New York.
The judge who declared the prosecutors in violation of the law wrote about how the prosecutors went to extra lengths to convince the victims that the feds were actually still actively looking into the criminal matters regarding Epstein and his child sex trafficking. The plea bargain had already been made by that point, but because it was sealed, another unusual move, the victims nor the public had the slightest clue until recent investigative reporting.
While only one party is trying to keep the documents sealed, some parties related to the case are actually trying to push for the unsealing of documents. Alan Dershowitz wants the documents to prove that he did not do anything wrong. He’s been accused of participating in activities with Epstein. Far-right figure and deeply anti-woman Michael Cernovich was also party to arguing in favor for the unsealing of documents.
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