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Post by Marco on 03.12.18 20:01

According to the daily mail, Prince Andrew is currently panicking about the latest legal actions over Geoffrey Epstein. The billionaire paedophile was let off the bulk of the charges in a private plea deal fixed by Acosta who was attorney General and who is now the donalds Labour secretary. So much for draining the swamp. There's a US law that is supposed to give victims a say in prosecution and theres a big challenge over that not happening.

There's a pretty much unwritten rule in the UK that high profile paedophiles do not get prosecuted and can only be exposed after they die. If there is a paedophile connection to the McCann case, expect the same level of resistance ad infinitum. 

There will only be a wild card that can blow this case open. The Americans are a good source of hope. Their constitution gives them freedom of speech, and their legal system isn't geared to protect minor domestic British cases (royalty, yes).
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Post by Doug D on 03.12.18 20:58

Prince Andrew was pictured with his arms around Virginia Roberts, one of the victims.

 

Jeffrey Epstein's victims could finally have their day in court as jury selection begins this week for civil trial against billionaire as it's revealed the Manhattan DA once tried to downgrade his sex-offender status

·       Jury selection starts on Tuesday for a civil case against billionaire Jeffrey Epstein 
·       His former victims may take the stand and detail the sexual abuse they suffered after they were lured into his Palm Beach mansion when they were children 
·       Epstein, 65, is accused of pimping out 80 young girls and women at his Florida mansion to his friends from 1995 to 2005
·       In 2008 he struck a plea deal where he pleaded guilty to soliciting prostitution
·       He served 13 months of his 18-month sentence at a local Palm beach jail 
·       In 2011 the Manhattan DA  tried to knock down his sex offender status  
By MARLENE LENTHANG FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 15:29, 3 December 2018 UPDATED: 17:28, 3 December 2018
 
Jeffrey Epstein's victims may finally get to publicly testify against him, more than a decade after the billionaire took a very lenient plea deal to avoid federal charges -  as it emerges that a Manhattan DA once attempted to downgrade his sex offender status.
Jury selection begins on Tuesday for the civil trial case against the registered sex offender who was accused of running a child sex pyramid scheme from 1995 to 2005, where he allegedly pimped out 80 young girls and women to his friends.
Such serious allegations could have sent him to prison for life.
But his powerful lawyers landed him an extraordinary sweetheart deal where he pleaded guilty to two counts of soliciting girls as young as 14 for prostitution and avoided federal criminal charges. 
He served 13 months out of an 18-month sentence in the private wing of the Palm Beach County stockade, the local jail, in 2008. Then he seemingly walked a free man.
 
 
 The victims of Jeffrey Epstein, who has been accused of pimping out 80 women, may finally testify against him in a civil case that starts jury selection on Tuesday in Palm Beach County Court
'How come people who don't have money get sent to jail — and can't even make bail — and they have to do their time and sit there and think about what they did wrong? He had no repercussions and doesn't even believe he did anything wrong,' alleged victim Michelle Licata said to the Miami Herald.   
Even after an FBI investigation found girls who Epstein had brought to his Palm Beach mansion, many as young as 13 and often runaways from Florida, New Mexico, the Caribbean and New York, he was allowed to sign the extraordinary plea deal to avoid all federal charges.
Former chief federal prosecutor in Miami R. Alexander Acosta - who is now President Donald Trump's labor secretary - signed off on Epstein's plea.
Victims were outraged at the court's treatment of the billionaire, who counted Donald Trump, Bill Clinton, and Prince Andrew among his rich and powerful friends.   
The deal was a federal non-prosecution agreement and was sealed, meaning no one knew the entirety of Epstein's crimes and it buried the evidence of how he pimped out 80 women.
 
He was accused of pimping out 80 young girls and women to his friends, one of whom was named as Prince Andrew by victim Virginia Roberts (pictured with the Prince) in a civil court claim in 2015
 
Virginia Roberts, claimed Epstein abused her sexually at the age of 16
 
Alleged victim Michelle Licata sheds tears as she recalled her sexual encounters with Epstein saying 'He had no repercussions and doesn't even believe he did anything wrong' 
None of the Epstein's victims were initially informed of the nonprosecution agreement. 
'I don't think anyone has been told the truth about what Jeffrey Epstein did,' added Licata, now 30. 'He ruined my life and a lot of girls' lives. People need to know what he did and why he wasn't prosecuted so it never happens again.' 
 
Jennifer Gaffney, a former assistant DA, asked a Manhattan judge to downgrade Epstein's New York sex offender status in 2011
Then in January 2011 Assistant DA Jennifer Gaffney, who was in charge of the sex-crimes unit, asked to knock down his New York sex-offender registry, from the most-dangerous Level 3 to Level 1, outraging the Manhattan Supreme Court Judge. 
Court documents show the DA's office said 'there are no real victims here', according to records obtained by the New York Post.   
'I have never seen the prosecutor's office do anything like this. I have done many [cases] much less troubling than this one where [prosecutors] would never make a downward argument like this,' Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Ruth Pickholz told Gaffney at the time.
Gaffney then confessed she had never even spoken to the Florida U.S. Attorney who handled Epstein's case. 
'I don't think you did much of an investigation here,' Pickholz told her, rejecting the request and keeping Epstein's sex offender status as Level 3.
 Gaffney, who was also a prosecutor in the Harvey Weinstein case, left the DA's Office in September.
 
The underage girls were lured to Epstein's mansion in Florida with the lure of a couple hundred dollars to give him a massage- he allegedly sexually assaulted many of them 
 
Trump's current Labor Secretary Alex Acosta was the top federal prosecutor in Miami that brokered the deal to have Epstein serve just over a year behind bars instead of life behind bars 


She was deputy chief t oCyrus Vance, who has now landed in hot water for her 2011 request. T
he DA's office insists Vance 'was not aware' of the hearing and had nothing to do with it. 
Even though Epstein's crimes were buried in the sealed case, his victims may finally be able to speak out on how they were lured to his Palm Beach mansion and asked to give massages that turned sexual. 
Jury selection for the civil trial against him in Palm Beach County Court in Florida begins this week.   
The case is being brought by lawyer Bradley Edwards.
He's countersuing Epstein claiming malicious prosecution. Epstein earlier sued him saying Edward's civil cases involving Epstein victims financed an unlawful Ponzi scheme run by Scott Rothstein, a partner at Edward's former law firm. 
Rothstein said Edwards was not involved in the financial scheme.  
Edwards wrote in a court filing that if the victims knew about the nonprosecution agreement 'they would have taken steps to object', according to the New York Times.  
Epstein could be stripped of his criminal prosecution immunity if the case succeeds, possibly leading to a federal trial for the sex crimes.
Edwards's lawyer, Jack Scarola, said: 'If the case is successful and with the agreement cancelled, Epstein's immunity from federal criminal prosecution will be revoked.
'That means he, plus his named co-conspirators and his unnamed co-conspirators will face the possibility of federal prosecution.
'In a subsequent criminal trial it is very likely that many of the victims will be called to give evidence and have their stories heard.' 
He added that Prince Andrew may get dragged into the case again too saying: 'There is a reasonable likelihood that would occur.'
 
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6454901/Jury-selection-begins-civil-case-against-pedophile-American-billionaire-Jeffrey-Epstein.html
 
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In February of this year, the Miami Herald filed a motion in federal court in the Southern District of New York, seeking access to documents that were kept secret in a civil case filed by victim Virginia Roberts in which she alleged that Epstein and an associate, Ghislaine Maxwell, operated an international sex trafficking operation. The case had been settled out of court in 2017, and the Herald is fighting to have some of the record unsealed. 
The documents could cast light on the full scope of Epstein’s possible crimes and whether there was any undue influence that tainted the criminal investigation. 
The motion was denied in August. The Herald is appealing.
 
https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/article221957120.html

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Re: Prince Andrew

Post by sar on 04.12.18 9:20

Ghislaine Maxwell 


"Now that's a name I've not heard in a long time."

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Post by Doug D on 04.12.18 9:53

Daily Mail from back in 2011:
 
Epstein's Girl Friday 'fixer': Dead tycoon's daughter Ghislaine Maxwell and the girls she hired for paedophile's stable
 
By Sharon Churcher
Updated: 10:23, 7 March 2011
 
Exile in New York: Ghislaine Maxwell, who fled Britain after her father's death uncovered a pensions black hole, became Jeffrey Epstein's trusted assistant
One woman has been a constant in the ever-shifting cast of females with which Jeffrey Epstein surrounds himself.
Ghislaine Maxwell, glamorous daughter of the late, disgraced newspaper tycoon Robert Maxwell, is different from the other women in Epstein’s life in many ways but, most obviously, at 49, she is a lot older. She is also Epstein’s Girl Friday, his fixer – central to his operation.
It was Ghislaine who, in 1998, recruited the 15-year-old Virginia Roberts to work as Epstein’s ‘masseuse’.
Meeting Epstein for the first time at his Palm Beach mansion, Virginia was led into the massage room by Ghislaine. After a bizarre interview conducted by a naked Epstein, Ghislaine told Virginia to follow her instructions.
‘She had me put oil on my hand, then she grabbed one of his feet and started to massage it. She told me to take his other foot,’ says Virginia. ‘Then she told me to take off my clothes. He had sex with me.
‘Ghislaine said, “She’s got a knack for it.” And I thought, “These are important people. I must be doing something right.” ’
Ghislaine had fled to New York after the death of her father, who fell off his yacht – named the Lady Ghislaine after his favourite child – in mysterious circumstances in 1991.
His death revealed a vast financial black hole at the heart of his Mirror Group, including the employees’ pension scheme.
In Britain, the Maxwell name was mud as fraud trials, bankruptcy and disgrace swirled around the family, but in America – with her charisma, love of the high life and an address book stuffed with well-connected friends – Ghislaine became a fixture on the Manhattan social scene.
She and Epstein soon became inseparable. There was talk first of marriage, then it was said that they were like ‘an old married couple’ but that Epstein would not marry her. It emerged only after an
FBI investigation into his sexual exploitation of teenagers that his interest lay in underage girls.
According to Virginia, Ghislaine helped smooth the way for Epstein to sexually molest the young girls recruited to ‘massage’ him.
But she also provided him with an entry into British society – including the friendship with Prince Andrew that lasted until Friday, when the Prince dramatically announced he was breaking off all contact.
Between 2000 and 2001, Andrew and Ghislaine were together on no fewer than eight occasions.
Epstein was present at four of the meetings – at the Mar-a-Lago club in Florida (from where Virginia was recruited), in Phuket, at a weekend party at Sandringham, and at Windsor Castle. In addition, Andrew has often been seen at Epstein’s grand New York townhouse.
Virginia says: ‘I once asked Ghislaine why she got as many girls as she did for Jeffrey, as she supposedly had been his girlfriend and they seemed to have a grounded but non-monogamous relationship.She replied, “It takes the pressure off me to have sex with him.”
‘She said she’d hit hard times. She had no money to her name. She was disgraced. Jeffrey offered her a job and then, I guess, because of her ability to procure girls for him and to teach us what he liked, she became a vital asset to him.
 
Different stories: Virginia Roberts had to dress as a schoolgirl while Nadia Bjorlin narrowly escaped at age 13
'The training she gave me was very thorough. It started on my first day at work following the “interview”. I began learning legitimate massage techniques.
‘She also taught me how to keep him emotionally happy. She said, “Be compliant. Always be cheerful. Always smile a lot.”
‘She told me that I should bring along any girlfriends I had who might be suitable. She said he liked white girls – no black girls, ever. If a girl was of any other heritage, she had to be a knockout beauty.
‘She also taught me what kind of clothes to buy. His favourite was to dress me as a schoolgirl, in pigtails and little pleated skirts, and knee socks. Ghislaine sent me to a dentist to have my teeth whitened and I went for Brazilian waxes. He wanted me to look pre-pubescent.
Ghislaine sent me to a dentist to have my teeth whitened and I went for Brazilian waxes. He wanted me to look pre-pubescent
 
‘Ghislaine herself had flings with men, including a famous Hollywood star. Jeffrey didn’t mind that.He was very good to her.
'He bought her a house in New York, a house in London, a helicopter and a Mercedes convertible.
‘A British girl, Emmy Tayler, was very close to Ghislaine. Her job was to run errands for Ghislaine and do paperwork.
'Emmy wasn’t really Jeffrey’s type, being voluptuous and older. [She is now 36]. Jeffrey liked girls like me, with ballerina figures.
‘Emmy and I were very close but I didn’t tell her much about my background and she didn’t tell me much about hers.
'She came to the States to become a model or actress and said she met Ghislaine in New York. Ghislaine promised her a great lifestyle, like she’d promised me. She was given an apartment in the same New York building as me.’
Last week, The Mail on Sunday tracked Emmy down to a house in an exclusive Oxford street. When asked to comment on her involvement with Epstein and Maxwell, she said: ‘I don’t want to talk to you.’
Ghislaine also held ‘auditions’ for masseurs to work for Epstein on his private Caribbean island, Little Saint James.
 
Scandal: Prince Andrew first meets Virginia at age 17 in 2001 as Ghislaine Maxwell looks on
The interviews would take place on the neighbouring US Virgin Island of St. Thomas, and candidates would be chosen on the basis of their appearance.
According to an American male masseur, who worked for Epstein from 1998 to 2001, giving him the strong, deep rub-downs the young women were unable to provide, Ghislaine also demanded regular massages.
Now 38, the therapist, who does not wish to be named, says: ‘Whenever they were on the island, they’d call up and ask when I could go over. It was great money, $100 an hour.
'I’ll never forget the first time I massaged Ghislaine. I walked into the room to set up the table and she was standing there stark naked. I was extremely embarrassed, but she was totally uninhibited.’
When he visited Epstein’s five-bedroom mansion, which boasts coral walls and stunning 360-degree ocean views, he says: ‘I’d regularly see up to a dozen naked young women lounging around. The
Ghislaine ‘put the puppet’s hand on Virginia’s breast, then Andrew put his hand on my breast’
 
house is open-plan, so you can see out on the patios and the pool deck.
‘There’d be classical music playing in the background to set a very relaxed ambience. If the women were ever introduced to me, it was as his “secretaries”.’
According to Virginia, Ghislaine was the undisputed leader of the girls in Epstein’s entourage. ‘She was funny. She was boisterous.
'I was scared of ever saying no to her. I was always compliant. I knew if I said no to anything, I would be on the street,’ she says.
She adds: ‘Ghislaine was a photographer and she took many of the nude pictures that were all over the houses, including the ones of me in a hammock that Bill Clinton and Andrew and all their visitors had to have seen.
‘One year, I couldn’t think what to give Jeffrey for his birthday and Ghislaine said: “Just give him a photograph of you.” I had a nice picture of myself, lying against a tree, fully clothed, but when
'I showed it to her, she said, “No, you can’t give him that.” She took me and laid me naked across a hammock and put a sheer piece of net across me and posed me with my legs open, a bit provocatively, and that was the picture she had me give Jeffrey.’
 
His Girl Friday: Ghislaine and Epstein at Prince Andrew's shooting party at the Royals' Sandringham estate
Another girl Ghislaine targeted for Epstein was Nadia Bjorlin, an actress who stars in the American soap opera Days Of Our Lives.
Now 30, she was just 13 when she attracted the tycoon’s attention. Her mother, Iranian-born Fary, spoke last week of the family’s disturbing experience. Nadia’s father, celebrated classical conductor Ulf Bjorlin had died just a year earlier, and Fary says she believes the mourning schoolgirl must have appeared an easy target.
‘She was at school at the famed Interlochen Music Centre in Michigan when she met Epstein,’ says Fary.
‘My daughter was a singer. She was a baby. She was a skinny little girl, not mature for her age. She was 13, but everyone thought she was nine or ten.
 
Infamous: Robert Maxwel, former owner of the Daily Mirror, drowned while sailing on his yacht
‘Epstein was a big donor and he heard about Nadia and that her father had died, so she was vulnerable, and he contacted her. He said, “Here’s my number.”  
He kept saying: “Come – will you come?” He said he wanted to help mentor her. I wouldn’t let her meet him. What sort of a man approaches a young girl and asks to meet her?’
It was Ghislaine who managed to become friendly with Fary and Nadia. ‘I trusted Ghislaine, she was like a mother. She was always calling my house,’ says Fary.
‘Ghislaine didn’t want me to meet Epstein, but I did anyway, and asked what he wanted with Nadia. He said he wanted to help her singing career. He said, “I’d like to be like a godfather”. It felt creepy.
'I had a bad vibe about him, and said, “Stop!” I told him, “No thank you. She doesn’t need your help.” I kept Nadia away from him. She never met him alone. She never went anywhere with him.’
It was not until Epstein’s arrest that Fary realised the fate which could have befallen her daughter.
His disgrace began in March 2005 when the mother of a 14-year-old girl contacted Palm Beach police alleging she had been sexually molested.
When detectives quizzed the girl, she told them a friend had invited her to a rich man’s house to perform a massage.
At the house, she said she was paid $300 after stripping and massaging the man, whom she identified as Epstein, while he performed a sex act.
One of the young girls successfully recruited was Johanna Sjoberg, a church-going brunette, who was hired ostensibly as an occasional home help but then induced to perform demeaning sexual services.
Johanna was studying psychology at Atlantic College, Palm Beach in February 2001, when Ghislaine approached her on campus and offered her a job. For $20 an hour, the 21-year-old was to answer the phones and serve drinks at Epstein’s house.
In reality, she was expected to massage Epstein and, over time, the massages became increasingly sexual in nature.
Johanna met Prince Andrew in the library of Epstein’s New York townhouse in Easter 2001, when Virginia was also present.
 
Mystery: The yacht Maxwell was last seen alive on was named after his favourite daughter Ghislaine
‘Andrew was sitting there in a big leather armchair behind which there was a desk covered with photos of girls and young women including the one of me in a hammock,’ says Virginia.
‘I don’t think Andrew could have missed seeing it when he walked in.’
The Prince had been given a Spitting Image puppet of himself by Ghislaine, who was also present. Johanna was sitting on Andrew’s knee, and said Ghislaine made Virginia sit on his other knee.
Then, Johanna recalls, Ghislaine ‘put the puppet’s hand on Virginia’s breast, then Andrew put his hand on my breast’.
Virginia says she was mortified when she realised she had been summoned that day to entertain the Prince.
She added: ‘There were many years when I really liked these people. But now I feel angry and used.’
It was her second encounter with him. Earlier that spring, she had been introduced to the Prince at Ghislaine’s London house. Andrew came round and he, Ghislaine, Epstein and Virginia, had tea before going to a restaurant and then to Tramp nightclub, where Virginia danced with Andrew.
Later all four returned to Ghislaine’s house, and Epstein took a picture of Andrew with his arm around Virginia’s bare midriff. Later, she was left alone with Andrew.
Virginia met Andrew one final time on Epstein’s Caribbean island.
It was during a subsequent trip to the island that Epstein said he wanted her to have his child – which finally prompted Virginia to leave.
A spokesman for Ghislaine Maxwell said last night that she has never been contacted by any police force or other law enforcement agency in connection with any allegations made against Jeffery Epstein.
 
   Additional reporting: Peter Sheridan, Annette Witheridge and Samantha Lawton
 
 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1363444/Jeffrey-Epstein-Robert-Maxwells-daughter-Ghislaine-hired-girls-paedophile.html

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Post by Doug D on 06.12.18 18:24

Lawmakers demand probe of sex offender Jeffrey Epstein's 'sweetheart deal'


Lawmakers want to know why the Department of Justice agreed to allow a light sentence for "this monster."
 
Dec. 5, 2018 / 11:59 PM GMT
By Dareh Gregorian
 
A top Republican senator is demanding answers about why the U.S. Department of Justice cut a 'sweetheart deal' with politically connected sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.
 
Sen. Ben Sasse, R.-Neb., wrote a series of letters to the DOJ this week after the Miami Herald reported that federal prosecutors had appeared to bend over backwards to accommodate demands from the multimillionaire's high-powered legal team and let him walk away with a light sentence.
 
"The fact that this monster received such a pathetically soft sentence is a travesty that should outrage us all," Sasse wrote to the DOJ. "I am particularly disturbed by this reporting indicating that federal prosecutors went out of their way to arrange this sweetheart deal for Epstein and conceal it from the women and girls that he abused who could have objected to it, in apparent violation of federal law."
 
One letter asked that the DOJ's inspector general review how the department handled Epstein's case and whether there was any misconduct, and another demanded a briefing on the agency's "decision-making process" in the case.
"We need answers on this epic miscarriage of justice," Sasse wrote.
 
Although not named in the letters, one of those involved in the decision-making was U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, who was a U.S. Attorney in Florida at the time.
Epstein's lawyers included Alan Dershowitz and former Whitewater special prosecutor Ken Starr.
Epstein, 65, was being investigated by the federal government for allegedly sexually abusing dozens of teenage girls he paid for "massages" at his West Palm Beach, Florida, estate in the early 2000s. A 53-page indictment was prepared that could have put him behind bars for life.
 
Epstein, who was friends with the likes of Bill Clinton, Donald Trump and Prince Andrew, wound up pleading guilty in 2008 to state charges of soliciting a single underage victim after federal prosecutors agreed to shelve their case and not prosecute him or his enablers.
 
Acosta's office also agreed not to tell the victims about the non-prosecution agreement, an apparent violation of the Crime Victims Rights Act.
Epstein wound up serving 13 months in the county jail and was allowed to leave during the day six days a week to go to work for much of his sentence.
The letters from Sasse came after 15 Democratic members of Congress sent a letter last week to the DOJ demanding an investigation into Acosta's handling of the Epstein case.
 
Sasse's letters, which were first reported by Axios, might carry more heft because he's chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee's subcommittee on oversight, agency action, federal rights and federal courts. His letters demanded written responses by Friday.
 
Acosta has maintained he handled the case appropriately.
The DOJ did not respond to a request for comment.
 
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/lawmakers-demand-probe-sex-offender-jeffrey-epstein-s-sweetheart-deal-n944516

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Re: Prince Andrew

Post by willowthewisp on 07.12.18 17:52

Well if you associate with trump on the "Lolita Express",you can be sure friends and colleagues of a now departed Mr Cohen could be persuaded to represent your case?
Skull and Bones club!
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Re: Prince Andrew

Post by JimbobJones on 07.12.18 19:23

Bernie Madoff, Jeffrey Epstein, Arnold Rothstein, Jacob Levinskey, Mayer Lanskey, Meyer (mickey) Cohen, Silverstein, Binyamin Hoch (Maxwell's real name). etc, etc.
All these wrong-uns have one thing in common . . . . They all thought they were too clever to get caught.

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