Live updates: Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein indictment unsealed – CNN

Jeffrey Epstein’s attorney Reid Weingarten, speaking in federal court, described the Manhattan US attorney’s indictment as a “do-over” of the Florida investigation.

“To us, this indictment is essentially a do-over…This is the very stuff that was investigated by the feds in Florida,” Weingarten said during his client’s presentment.

About the Florida investigation: The well-connected hedge fund manager previously evaded similar charges when he secured a non-prosecution deal with federal prosecutors in Miami. Instead of facing federal charges, Epstein pleaded guilty to two state prostitution charges in 2008 and served just 13 months in prison. He also registered as a sex offender and paid restitution to the victims identified by the FBI.

But that arrangement has come under intense scrutiny as the result of a Miami Herald investigation that examined how it was handled by then-US Attorney Alexander Acosta, who now serves as labor secretary in President Donald Trump’s Cabinet.

The Herald investigation said that Acosta gave Epstein the “deal of a lifetime” despite a federal investigation identifying 36 underage victims. The agreement, the Herald said, “essentially shut down an ongoing FBI probe” and further granted immunity to “any potential co-conspirators” in the case.

In February, a federal judge in Florida ruled that the Department of Justice broke the law by failing to confer with Epstein’s victims about the agreement.

Referencing the 2007 non-prosecution agreement Epstein entered with the Southern District of Florida earlier Monday, US Attorney Geoffrey Berman said, “that agreement only binds, by its terms, only binds the Southern District of Florida. The Southern District of New York is not bound by that agreement and is not a signatory to that agreement.”

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Happy Birthday Kirsten Vangsness: To Celebrate, Here Are 12 of Her Best Criminal Minds' Penelope Garcia Quotes – Parade

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Best birthday wishes to Kirsten Vangsness, who turns turns 47 on Sunday, July 7!

Photos And Exclusive Interview: Criminal Minds Boss Talks Season 14 Finale and End of Series

An original member of the Criminal Minds cast, having played the whip smart and sassy Penelope Garcia since the series premiered in 2005, in honor of her birthday, here are 12 of our favorite Garcia quotes:

  1. “I’ve been reading these heinous things that have happened to these women at the hands of their abusers, and can I just say, thank God for men like you who are strong, yet gentle at the same time.” (Season 9: “Final Shot”)
  2. “Forget flossing those pearlies, my babes! Because thanks to two fillings, I’ve been able to identify your latest barbecuer.” (Season 7: “The Fallen”)
  3. “Mama’s hands are dirty because she’s been digging!” (Season 9: “Rabid”)
  4. “You know what ma’am? I’m done playing nice. See that cursor moving? That’s me hacking into your ‘secure’ network.” (Season 3: “Tabula Rasa”)
  5. “That is a new deal and as fast as a caffeinated cheetah riding a lightning bolt, I am on it!” (Season 12: “In the Dark”)
  6. “If you hate sad stories as much as I do, you should leave the room right now, ’cause this is super sad! (Season 9: “The Road Home”)
  7. “Let me tell you something, sweetheart. This is a Lamborghini you are talking to. You have to drive me. You can’t just leave me parked in the garage collecting dust, or I will wilt.” (Season 7: “Childhood’s Hour”)
  8. “Aside from being slightly morally repugnant, he’s clean as a whistle. If that whistle was slightly morally repugnant.” (Season 13: “Neon Terror”)
  9. “I’ll tell you what, those Canadians, they seem so sweet and innocent, but when they go bad, they go Darth Vader bad.” (Season 9: “Angels”)
  10. “Enchantress of all things possible, use your imagination.” (Season 6: “Big Sea”)
  11. “My least three favorite words strung together: I don’t know.” (Season 5: “Haunted”)
  12. “Hello, my pretties. I have seen the wizard and he granted my wish.” (Season 8: “Brothers Hotchner”)

Criminal Minds Star Kirsten Vangsness Talks Penelope & Derek’s Relationship and Her New Movie

Criminal Minds returns for its 15th and final season during the 2019-2020 TV season. CBS has not yet announced its premiere date.

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Guess Whose Daughter Is Reportedly a Prosecutor in Jeffrey Epstein Case – Law & Crime

Maurene Comey, daughter of former FBI Director James Comey, is reportedly a prosecutor in the new criminal case against convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein. This details comes out of a new CNN report. The source is described as a person “with knowledge of the case.”

This and an Associated Press article are backing up a Daily Beast report that broke news Epstein faces new charges. It seems like the defendant must contend with a sex trafficking case affecting “dozens” of alleged victims. The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York is handling the case. Their Public Corruption Unit is taking the lead on this, but are being helped by human trafficking officials and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, authorities said.

Maurene Comey is an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the SDNY.

She’s worked on cases involving alleged racketeering, drugs and weapons offenses, embezzlement, obstruction of justice, and robbery.

Like father, like daughter. Her dad was U.S. Attorney for the same office before becoming U.S. Deputy Attorney General under President George W. Bush. Despite being a Republican, at least at the time, he became FBI Director under President Barack Obama, and controversially handled the Clinton email investigation. He stayed into the next administration, and President Donald Trump fired him. It was a whole thing.

Law&Crime reached out to the Southern District of New York about the Epstein case, and the detail about Maurene Comey. Spokesman Nicholas Biase declined to comment.

Details on the case remain sketchy, though the involvement of the Public Corruption Unit caught the attention of legal experts. Gene Rossi, a Law&Crime trial analyst and former federal prosecutor for the Eastern District of Virginia, suggested to us that Epstein may face other charges. It could mean counts of money laundering, public corruption, or tax-related crimes.

“Who knows?” he said. “The sky’s the limit.”

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