The prosecutors in the Epstein case are opposing bail based on two payments he made to potential witnesses, totaling $350k.
When Paul Manafort was accused of tampering with a witness, he was given solitary confinement. At the same time, Epstein’s lawyers are asking the judge to allow Epstein to live in his $77 million dollar mansion as he awaits trial. That’s the same mansion, where he is accused of abusing underage girls.
It will be interesting to see since the judge who is hearing his case was appointed by Bill Clinton, another potential defendant.
They also said they were worried Epstein, 66, might try to derail his trial. They said Epstein recently paid $100,000 to one individual “named as a possible co-conspirator” in a non-prosecution agreement with federal prosecutors in Florida 12 years ago.
They said the payment, along with $250,000 sent to another person who was a former employee and was named as a possible co-conspirator in the non-prosecution agreement, came after the Miami Herald last November began publishing a series of article describing the circumstances of his state court conviction in Florida in 2008 and the deal to avoid federal prosecution.
“This course of action, and in particular its timing, suggests the defendant was attempting to further influence co-conspirators who might provide information against him in light of the recently re-emerging allegations,” prosecutor said.
Why wasn’t Jeffrey Epstein given the Roger Stone/Manafort treatment and raided by the FBI with a CNN camera crew in tow?
Manafort was also accused of witness tampering by government prosecutors and they tried to transfer him to notorious Rikers Island jail.