Justice Dept. Finds ‘Poor Judgment’ but No Misconduct in 2006 Jeffrey Epstein Inquiry

first_img– Advertisement – The full 350-page report goes into great detail about the behind-the-scenes negotiations that led to the nonprosecution agreement. It also seeks to rebut certain urban myths that have developed around Mr. Epstein, including whether he had received a light deal because he cooperated in an investigation involving a criminal case involving two former Bear Stearns hedge fund managers or was an “intelligence asset.” The report said it “found no evidence suggesting that Epstein was such a cooperating witness or ‘intelligence asset.’”In a two-page statement issued by his lawyer, Gordon Todd, Mr. Acosta said the review largely vindicated him and “debunks allegations” that he and his office had “improperly cut Epstein a ‘sweetheart deal’ or purposefully avoided investigating potential wrongdoing by various prominent individuals.”Mr. Acosta also said in the statement, “The Epstein affair as understood today is vastly more lurid and sweeping than was known” and involves allegations against a number of prominent people as well as Mr. Epstein.Before releasing the executive summary, Justice Department lawyers met in Miami with lawyers for some of the victims to discuss their findings. The government lawyers said full copies of the report would be provided to any member of Congress who asked for them.Sigrid McCawley, a lawyer with Boies Schiller Flexner who represents several victims, called the review an “anemic accounting of what really happened.” Spencer Kuvin, who represents some of the first accusers who complained to federal and state authorities about Mr. Epstein, said he was glad “the U.S. government is recognizing its own failures regarding its handling of this matter.”The furor over the handling of allegations of sexual abuse by Mr. Epstein led federal prosecutors in Manhattan to take a fresh look into the matter. The new investigation led to Mr. Epstein’s arrest on sex-trafficking charges in July 2019.But his death a month later prompted another round of public outcry, particularly from victims who would never be able to face him in a federal courtroom. Attorney General William P. Barr immediately announced internal investigations to determine how Mr. Epstein had died and said that the Manhattan federal prosecutor’s office would continue to build a human trafficking case against some of Mr. Epstein’s associates. The nonprosecution agreement was part of a deal that culminated with Mr. Epstein pleading guilty in Florida to a single state charge of soliciting prostitution from a minor girl and registering as a sex offender. The terms of the federal agreement, which also safeguarded four named alleged co-conspirators from prosecution, were largely kept hidden for years from his victims.- Advertisement – Coroner’s reports and an investigation by the F.B.I. and the Justice Department’s inspector general ultimately ruled Mr. Epstein’s death a suicide, Mr. Barr said last fall, adding that he personally reviewed security camera footage of Mr. Epstein’s housing area that showed that no one had entered it on the night of his death.The F.B.I. and inspector general investigations led to criminal indictments against two prison guards who were charged with conspiracy to defraud the United States and with making false records. While the guards have pleaded not guilty, the cases against them laid out the official narrative of the negligence that the government said allowed Mr. Epstein the privacy and isolation that he needed to commit suicide.The Bureau of Prisons has also completed an investigation into the circumstances surrounding Mr. Epstein’s death, but it is not expected to be made public.This summer, the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan arrested Ghislaine Maxwell, the daughter of a publishing magnate and a onetime confidant of Mr. Epstein, on charges that she lured underage girls and groomed them to be abused by Mr. Epstein. The report faulted Mr. Acosta for not being sensitive to the feelings of Mr. Epstein’s victims by not alerting them to the terms of the nonprosecution agreement and making sure they had adequate notice of Mr. Epstein’s guilty plea to the state charge. The report said that omission “presented a glaring contrast with Acosta’s responsiveness to the demands of Epstein’s attorneys, which included the unusual courtesy of allowing them to preview and respond to (federal prosecutors’) draft victim notifications.”The review had followed public outrage prompted by an investigative series in The Miami Herald that examined the events leading up to the nonprosecution agreement and the relatively light sentence Mr. Epstein received from state prosecutors in Florida as a part of the deal. A month after the Herald series, Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska, who is chairman of the subcommittee with oversight of the federal judiciary, demanded a Justice Department investigation of Mr. Acosta’s handling of the matter.Mr. Sasse said the review’s finding were inadequate. “The D.O.J.’s crooked deal with Epstein effectively shut down investigations into his child sex-trafficking ring and protected his co-conspirators in other states,” he said in a statement.- Advertisement –center_img The review was an attempt to close the door on an embarrassing episode for the Justice Department that critics have said allowed Mr. Epstein to largely go unscrutinized in the face of years of allegations that he sexually abused dozens of teenage girls. It also permitted him to continue to socialize with politicians, celebrities, academics and Wall Street billionaires and reinvent himself as a philanthropist and tax and estate adviser to the ultrarich.The decision by Mr. Acosta to pursue a nonprosecution agreement rather than federal charges “was a flawed mechanism for satisfying the federal interest that caused the government to open its investigation of Epstein,” according to a 13-page executive summary of the report. Mr. Acosta, the summary said, erred in giving too much deference to the interests of Florida prosecutors and “his view of the federal interest in prosecuting Epstein was too narrow.” Mr. Acosta defended his 2007 decision making during a news conference soon after Mr. Epstein’s arrest in July 2019. But his explanation did not quell the furor, and two days after that news conference he resigned as labor secretary. A former top federal prosecutor in Miami “exercised poor judgment” by allowing the disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein to evade federal child trafficking charges more than a decade ago, a Justice Department review revealed on Thursday, but it found no other wrongdoing, prompting criticism that the department dodged responsibility for its light treatment of Mr. Epstein, who died last year of an apparent suicide after his arrest on similar charges.The department’s Office of Professional Responsibility did not find any professional misconduct by R. Alexander Acosta, the U.S. attorney in Miami who oversaw the 2006 investigation into Mr. Epstein and who later served as labor secretary under President Trump until he resigned last year amid a renewed uproar over the Epstein case.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Pointers Travel and Rentlio presented as the most promising tourist startups in Croatia

first_imgRentl.io Pointerstravel.com One of them is Pointers Travel. Namely, it is an application that serves as an online travel guide to destinations throughout Croatia, Germany, South Africa and the United States. It contains detailed information about cities and islands, ie beaches, caves, castles, but also restaurants, nightlife, events, shopping and accommodation. The startup was founded in 2015 with headquarters in Osijek, and over the years has expanded to New York, Florida, Cologne, several cities in South Africa and has even developed a site for British companies looking for business premises to move to Germany due to the situation around Brexit. Other information about Rentley can be found HERE. Another application from the EU-Startups list is Rentlio. It simplifies the lives of renters, hostels and small hotel owners, allowing them to focus on their guests. Through the app, accommodation providers can manage a variety of administrative tasks, such as synchronizing reservations across multiple channels, including Booking.com, Expedition and Airbnb, scanning ID cards and passports in real time, invoicing, statistics and more. Rentlio was founded in 2014 with its headquarters in Zadar. You can find more about Pointers Travel HERE.center_img The list also includes startups TalentLyft HR tool for companies, Mediatoolkit brand monitoring tool, Gideon Brothers AI tool for logistics and production, GammaChef food processor, HUBBIG logistics and transport application, ExRey video browser, Agrivi agronomic tool and Amodo platform for the Internet things. Among a handful of interesting and promising small development companies, EU-Startups have opted for the ten potentially most successful ones. Startups come from a variety of fields, from cooking to transportation to agronomy. But we will introduce two startups from the list that are tourism oriented. Portal EU-Startups published a list of ten Croatian startups to pay attention to in 2019. With such great ideas and innovations, we can look positively into the future, not only of tourism, but also of other branches of the economy. However, by changing the corporate climate in Croatia, we need to work on not pushing such promising startups out of the country, but to keep them and invest in them.last_img read more