While acknowledging the travesty of the 2008 plea deal struck between serial sex abuser Jeffrey Epstein and then-U.S. Attorney Alexander Acosta, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 in an opinion by Judge Kevin Newsom that it couldn’t be overturned.
Epstein victim Courtney Wild sought to invalidate the deceased financier’s plea deal in an attempt to prosecute Epstein’s accomplices who received immunity.
Per the Daily Wire:
“Despite our sympathy for Ms. Wild and others like her, who suffered unspeakable horror at Epstein’s hands, only to be left in the dark — and, so it seems, affirmatively misled — by government lawyers, we find ourselves constrained to deny her petition,” said Newsom in the ruling.
Concerning the legal basis for the decision, Newsom writes in the ruling that the Crime Victims’ Rights Act does not apply until criminal charges have been formally filed.
“Because the government never filed charges or otherwise commenced criminal proceedings against Epstein, the CVRA was never triggered,” said Newsom. “It’s not a result we like, but it’s the result we think the law requires.”
As The Miami Herald reported nearly two years ago, federal prosecutors negotiated a non-prosecution agreement with Epstein’s lawyer in 2007, a deal that tossed a 53-page indictment prosecutors had assembled after identifying 36 underage accusers.
Besides granting immunity to Epstein’s co-conspirators, prosecutors agreed not to inform his accusers about the non-prosecution agreement.