Wednesday, 21 August, 2019

Epstein's guards worked extreme OT shifts morning of death

A New York Medical Examiner's car is parked outside the Metropolitan Correctional Center where financier Jeffrey Epstein was being held Reuters Prison Guards Skipped Mandatory Checks Before Jeffrey Epstein’s Death 19,600DON EMMERT AFP Getty Images Joshua Caplan10 Aug 2019
Deanna Wagner | 12 August, 2019, 18:30

Guards did not properly surveil accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein in the hours leading up to his death, according to reports from the Washington Post, New York Times and Associated Press.

Jeffrey Epstein's apparent suicide Saturday morning in a federal jail launched new conspiracy theories online in a saga that has provided fodder for them for years, fueled by Epstein's ties to princes, politicians and other famous and powerful people.

The person said that the Metropolitan Correctional Center's Special Housing Unit was staffed with one guard working a fifth straight day of overtime and another who was working mandatory overtime. Those gripes are now part of the investigation into whether the 30-minute checks were happening, sources said.

"Today, a medical examiner performed the autopsy of Jeffrey Epstein".

The FBI and the Department of Justice's Office of the Inspector General will investigate the circumstances surrounding Epstein's death, Attorney General William Barr said.

Epstein's removal from suicide watch would have been approved by both the warden of the jail and the facility's chief psychologist, said Jack Donson, a former prison official who worked for the Bureau of Prisons for more than two decades.

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Bob Hood, a former chief of internal affairs for the Bureau of Prisons, told the paper he didn't understand why Epstein was taken off suicide watch. At the request of those representing the decedent and with the awareness of the federal prosecutor, I allowed a private pathologist (Dr. Michael Baden) to observe the autopsy examination.

The New York City medical examiner's office hasn't determined his manner of death. Epstein was being held on federal sex trafficking charges. "This is routine practice", Barbara Sampson, the city's chief medical examiner, said in a August 11 statement. It remains unknown whether that incident was a suicide attempt or an assault by another inmate.

Epstein faced similar accusations in Florida in 2007 but signed a plea deal that year with Miami prosecutors allowing him to avoid federal charges and plead guilty to lesser state prostitution charges. At the MCC, it's reportedly standard practice for inmates on suicide watch to be assigned a cellmate, a person to provide company for someone with suicidal tendencies, and to alert guards for any emergencies that may arise, as Tartaglione once did.

Federal prosecutors in NY reopened the probe after investigative reporting by The Miami Herald stirred outrage over that plea bargain.

Giuffre, in an interview with The New York Times, said she's grateful Epstein will never harm anyone again, but is angry that there would be no chance to see him answer for his conduct.

"My office defers to the involved law enforcement agencies regarding other investigations around this death", Sampson said.