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Alexander Acosta — President Trump’s Secretary of Labor — was just found in violation of federal law in his plea deal with billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

That’s according to U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra, who ruled Thursdaynthat Acosta violated a law known as the Crime Victims’ Rights Act by negotiating and sealing a plea deal with Epstein when he served as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida. According to the Miami Herald, the law stipulates that victims of sex crimes have certain rights, including the right to weigh in on any plea deal for their abuser.

Epstein’s deal allowed him to serve just 13 months in county jail on two mild prostitution charges, and was even allowed to work out of his own private office for 12 hours a day, six days a week. Upon returning to prison, he was confined in a separate wing, away from other inmates. This is despite multiple victims coming forward, most of them between the ages of 13 and 16, saying Epstein held them captive, raped them repeatedly, and allowed other men to rape them as well.

Along with immunity for himself, Epstein also secured immunity for all of his alleged co-conspirators, which may have even included Presidents Bill Clinton and Donald Trump. Under the deal Acosta negotiated, the FBI would be forbidden from looking further into any evidence of sex trafficking Epstein was involved in, and all of the men who allegedly raped Epstein’s captives could be held accountable.

Judge Marra accused Acosta of not only violating the law, but of misleading survivors.

“Particularly problematic was the Government’s decision to conceal the existence of the [agreement] and mislead the victims to believe that federal prosecution was still a possibility,’” Marra wrote in the 33-page opinion. “When the Government gives information to victims, it cannot be misleading. While the Government spent untold hours negotiating the terms and implications of the [agreement] with Epstein’s attorneys, scant information was shared with victims.”

Despite the violation of the law, Judge Marra did not issue a decision as to what would happen with Acosta or Epstein. The Herald reported that the Department of Justice and the survivors of the rapes would have 15 days to confer with each other about a resolution.

 

Tom Cahill is a contributor for Grit Post who covers political and economic news. He lives in Bend, Oregon. Send him an email at tom DOT v DOT cahill AT gmail DOT com.

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