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BREAKING: Feds explain sweet deal for billionaire sex offender Epstein

BREAKING: Feds explain sweet deal for billionaire sex offender Epstein

Federal prosecutors went on the offensive this month, denying allegations that they bowed to pressure from billionaire Palm Beach resident Jeffrey Epstein and his high-priced lawyers at the expense of dozens of teenage girls he sexually abused. In their first public comment since 2007 — when they negotiated a deal that allowed Epstein to escape federal charges — prosecutors filed...
Settlement means no court showdown for Jeffrey Epstein’s ex-girlfriend 

Settlement means no court showdown for Jeffrey Epstein’s ex-girlfriend 

A judge’s decision means that Jeffrey Epstein’s ex-girlfriend and one of his victims will not face each other in court. Dang. After Judge Robert Sweet of the Southern District of New York ruled that Ghislaine Maxwell’s press release accusing Virginia Roberts (now Giuffre) of lying was not protected by the First Amendment and was, in fact, defamatory, the two women...
How many degrees of separation between Trump and sex offender Epstein?

How many degrees of separation between Trump and sex offender Epstein?

President Donald Trump is a shadowy, but ever-present, figure in the never-ending saga of billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Mar-a-Lago, the commander-in-chief’s private-club-turned-southern-White-House in Palm Beach, was the backdrop for Epstein’s introduction to one of his dozens of teenage victims, according to court records. In a short-lived lawsuit that Trump decried as...
Insider: Will Epstein figure in Labor nominee’s hearings? Stay tuned

Insider: Will Epstein figure in Labor nominee’s hearings? Stay tuned

Man oh man, that Jeffrey Epstein is a one-man Whack-a-Mole. His name just keeps popping up. Pundits say he might figure in the confirmation hearings this week of Labor nominee Alexander Acosta, who was the U.S. attorney in Miami when the billionaire and his attorneys landed him a sweetheart plea deal on sex charges. Actually, Acosta — and the Palm Beach PD — are the good guys...
Trump Labor nominee was involved in corruption crackdown, Epstein deal

Trump Labor nominee was involved in corruption crackdown, Epstein deal

His may not be a household name, but residents of Palm Beach County know the work of Alex Acosta, the former U.S. attorney set to be the first and only Hispanic in President Donald Trump’s Cabinet if confirmed as labor secretary. Acosta, a Cuban-American, served as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida from 2006 to 2009 and spearheaded public corruption prosecutions in Palm Beach...
High-profile cases: Crimes that shook Palm Beach through the decades

High-profile cases: Crimes that shook Palm Beach through the decades

Jamaica Lane shooting, 1951. Eighteen-year-old Hugh Berry, who was committed to a sanitarium but was turned away because of a shortage of beds, went on a shooting spree that left his grandmother dead. News reports at the time characterized the hunt for Berry as “the greatest manhunt in the history of the Palm Beaches.” Hugh Berry was ruled “mentally incompetent” and committed...
Dershowitz, Croghan, DeRosa: Busy season in Palm Beach court cases

Dershowitz, Croghan, DeRosa: Busy season in Palm Beach court cases

Among the notable court news this season was the settlement of a high-profile defamation case between law professor Alan Dershowitz and the two attorneys who represent victims of sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Attorneys Brad Edwards and Paul Cassell sued Dershowitz for defamation in January 2015 and Dershowitz filed a defamation counterclaim. Edwards and Cassell represent Virginia Roberts Giuffre,...
Epstein victims’ attorneys clarify settlement

Epstein victims’ attorneys clarify settlement

The two attorneys who settled a defamation lawsuit with law professor Alan Dershowitz on Friday say they didn’t drop the defamation case against Dershowitz “due to lack of factual evidence,” according to a statement released Monday. West Palm Beach Attorney Jack Scarola released the statement on behalf of attorneys Brad Edwards and Paul Cassell, who sued Dershowitz for defamation...
Lawsuits dropped against Dershowitz, attorneys in Jeffrey Epstein case

Lawsuits dropped against Dershowitz, attorneys in Jeffrey Epstein case

Two attorneys who represent victims of sex offender Jeffrey Epstein have settled their defamation lawsuit against law professor Alan Dershowitz — while Dershowitz dropped his defamation counterclaims against the attorneys. In a joint statement released by the three parties on Friday, victims’ attorneys Brad Edwards and Paul Cassell acknowledge it was a “mistake” to have filed...
Sex offender Jeffrey Epstein’s immunity deal with feds documented

Sex offender Jeffrey Epstein’s immunity deal with feds documented

Excerpts from emails and correspondence between sex offender Jeffrey Epstein’s attorneys and federal prosecutors contained in court papers filed Wednesday outline the progression of Epstein’s immunity deal from federal charges. Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who has detailed her life as an underage sex slave for Epstein, has alleged that she had sex with the billionaire’s rich and powerful...
New documents reveal Palm Beach billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein's 'sweetheart deal' with prosecutors

New documents reveal Palm Beach billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein's 'sweetheart deal' with prosecutors

The evolution of the “sweetheart deal” between attorneys representing billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and federal prosecutors is documented in court papers filed today. The secret deal — signed without notifying more than 30 of Epstein’s underage victims — saved Epstein from facing federal charges that could have resulted in extensive prison time for sexually...
Sex-abuse victims want to depose feds involved in Jeffrey Epstein deal

Sex-abuse victims want to depose feds involved in Jeffrey Epstein deal

Two underage victims of Palm Beach billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein have filed court papers asking to depose top federal officials who were involved in inking the secret deal that saved Epstein from serious federal charges. FBI agents, current and former federal prosecutors, and Alexander Acosta, the former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, are named in the motion filed by...
Jeffrey Epstein sex scandal: Alan Dershowitz suffers setback in defamation case

Jeffrey Epstein sex scandal: Alan Dershowitz suffers setback in defamation case

Flight logs of Palm Beach billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein’s private jet show attorney Alan Dershowitz flew on it at least four times. Those logs are contained in nearly 200 pages of documents filed in a defamation lawsuit against Dershowitz in Broward County Circuit Court, as reported in Friday’s Palm Beach Daily News. Attorneys Brad Edwards and Paul Cassell, who represent some...

Epstein victims’ attorneys seek partial victory in defamation suit

The attorneys suing Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz for defamation in a case related to billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein are seeking a partial victory before trial. Dershowitz “repeatedly broadcast false and defamatory statements about them” and his claims — that attorneys Brad Edwards and Paul Cassell conspired with their client to make up sexual abuse claims against...
Appellate court reverses Palm Beach sex offender Jeffrey Epstein’s victory

Appellate court reverses Palm Beach sex offender Jeffrey Epstein’s victory

An attorney’s lawsuit against sex offender Jeffrey Epstein has been given new life. The 4th District Court of Appeal has reversed a circuit judge’s ruling that victims’ attorney Brad Edwards had no legal basis for claims in his lawsuit against Epstein. Edwards filed the lawsuit against Epstein, alleging abuse of process and malicious prosecution. Epstein’s attorney Chester...
Epstein victims “complicit” so not truly victims, government says

Epstein victims “complicit” so not truly victims, government says

A routine status check Monday on a 2008 federal lawsuit tied to Palm Beach billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein’s plea deal ended with a new allegation from the government. The two victims who filed the lawsuit — Jane Doe No. 1 and Jane Doe No. 2 — aren’t actually victims because they procured other girls for Epstein and received money for it, Assistant United States Attorney...
Judge keeps thousands of Epstein documents sealed

Judge keeps thousands of Epstein documents sealed

A federal judge ruled Monday against unsealing thousands of pages of documents that may shed light on the secret deal that saved Palm Beach sex offender Jeffrey Epstein from federal charges related to sex with minors. U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra sided with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and Epstein in asserting that 15,000 pages of documents must remain private. The 25-page ruling cites attorney-client...
Judge strikes claims about Prince Andrew, attorney in Epstein sex case

Judge strikes claims about Prince Andrew, attorney in Epstein sex case

Sex offender Jeffrey Epstein catapulted back into the headlines in January after one of his underage victims alleged in court papers that Epstein trafficked her for sex to Britain’s Prince Andrew and to Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz. The prince and Dershowitz denied the claims, and a federal judge ordered the allegations by Jane Doe No. 3 stricken from the court record last month. U...

Judge denies Epstein victims’ petition

A federal judge has denied a request from two victims of Jeffrey Epstein who asked to join an existing victims’ rights lawsuit against the billionaire sex offender. U.S. Judge Kenneth Marra ruled the two victims — Jane Doe 3 and Jane Doe 4 — and “all other similarly situated victims” can participate in the lawsuit through testimony at trial or through submitted affidavits...

Affidavit: Jane Doe No. 3 afraid of Epstein

The self-described former underage “sex slave” of Palm Beach billionaire Jeffrey Epstein is fighting back against claims by the U.S. Attorney’s Office that it’s too late for her to join other victims in a federal lawsuit. In a sworn affidavit filed Friday, Jane Doe No. 3 said she didn’t understand until last year that two other underage victims have been trying to invalidate...

Epstein: Seal secret plea deal correspondence

Sex offender Jeffrey Epstein is asking a federal judge to temporarily seal all correspondence related to his secret plea deal to prevent the victims’ attorneys from attaching them to public court filings, according to a court document filed Monday. Epstein’s attorneys say putting the documents into a public court file would create a media frenzy in an already high-profile case. Attorneys...

Prince Andrew denies allegations by Jane Doe No. 3

Britain’s Prince Andrew publicly denied Thursday that he had sex with an underage girl provided by registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. He made the denial at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, according to published reports. Attorneys for the girl — known as Jane Doe No. 3 — filed a sworn affidavit Wednesday from her as part of a 2008 federal court case that she...

Epstein victim files sworn statement with the court

Jane Doe No. 3, the underage, self-professed “sex slave” of Palm Beach sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, has filed a 14-page sworn statement claiming high-profile attorney Alan Dershowitz is lying by denying he had sex with her. She had sex with Dershowitz at least six times and had sex with Prince Andrew three times, including one orgy, according to the affidavit. Former President Bill Clinton...

Dershowitz, attorneys make competing claims

A West Palm Beach lawyer and high-profile attorney Alan Dershowitz are going toe-to-toe regarding allegations made against Dershowitz by an underage victim of sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Both sides are pointing fingers and saying the other is lying. Dershowitz, who represented Epstein, has vehemently denied allegations by Jane Doe No. 3 that she had sex multiple times with Dershowitz as described...

Epstein victims’ attorneys file defamation suit against Dershowitz

The two attorneys who represent victims of sex offender Jeffrey Epstein are striking back against claims of unethical behavior and threats of disbarment leveled by high-profile lawyer Alan Dershowitz. Bradley Edwards and Paul Cassell filed a defamation lawsuit Tuesday in Broward County Circuit Court, accusing Dershowitz of “character assassination” when he “initiated a massive public...

Dershowitz files court documents denying sex allegations

High-profile lawyer Alan Dershowitz has filed detailed denials of sexual misconduct allegations made by an underage victim of sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, court documents show. Dershowitz also has asked to join the case to defend himself against the allegations. Lawyers for the woman, identified as Jane Doe No. 3, “leveled totally false and outrageous charges against me that have been reported...

Victims ask to join Epstein lawsuit

An underage victim of sex offender Jeffrey Epstein alleges that he forced her to have sex with Britain’s Prince Andrew and high-profile attorney Alan Dershowitz when Epstein kept her as a “sex slave” from 1999 to 2002, according to court papers. Known only as Jane Doe No. 3, the young woman is asking a federal judge to allow her to join an existing victims’ rights lawsuit against...
Shooting aftermath: One man critical, another charged

Shooting aftermath: One man critical, another charged

A morning shooting at a condominium earlier this month left the victim in critical condition and the man charged with the crime in jail. Charles Croghan, 72, of Lantana is charged with attempted first-degree murder with a firearm and aggravated assault with a firearm. Police say Croghan walked into The President of Palm Beach condominium on Oct. 3, pointed a handgun at manager Jeremy Holland and shot...

Uncover This Deal

A federal judge’s ruling last week in the Jeffrey Epstein case was a blow to victims’ rights and to government transparency. The decision keeps sealed much of the correspondence between the convicted sex offender’s lawyers and the government. That correspondence could shed light on why he was given a secret, non-prosecution deal for his sex crimes, one that has been called a sweetheart...
Epstein attorneys wanted deal kept secret, new document shows

Epstein attorneys wanted deal kept secret, new document shows

A federal judge granted convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein a partial victory Monday in keeping correspondence that may shed light on his secret plea deal with federal authorities sealed from the public. But another document unsealed Monday contains correspondence from 2007 in which Epstein’s lawyers urge the U.S. Attorney’s Office not to notify victims about the deal until after Epstein...
Victims awaiting release of billionaire sex offender’s correspondence

Victims awaiting release of billionaire sex offender’s correspondence

A New Mexico gubernatorial candidate vowed last week week to return more than $30,000 in donations from companies related to sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, while his victims await public release of correspondence that may shed light on the billionaire’s plea deal. Victims’ attorney Brad Edwards says that although the U.S. Attorney’s Office was ordered by the court months ago to give...
New Mexico candidate returns Palm Beach sex offender’s donation

New Mexico candidate returns Palm Beach sex offender’s donation

New Mexico Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gary King announced Tuesday that he’ll return $35,600 in donations from companies related to Palm Beach billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Contributions totaling $30,400 from five Epstein companies were listed on King’s latest campaign finance report released Monday. All of the companies listed the same U.S. Virgin Islands address that...

Season’s court battles ranged from ruling for victims of sex offender to whistle-blower case

Victims of Palm Beach sex offender Jeffrey Epstein scored a major victory last month when a federal appeals court ruled that two victims are entitled to correspondence — related to a secret plea deal — between federal prosecutors and Epstein’s attorneys. The published opinion by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against Epstein’s arguments that the correspondence was...

Appeals-court decision in Epstein case rights a terrible wrong

Sometimes an appeals-court decision is so obtuse that it defies logic. At other times, however, the decision makes so much sense that it’s hard to believe the matter was ever in question. The latter scenario proved true this month when a federal appeals court issued a key ruling in favor of two victims, who were 12 and 13 when Palm Beach billionaire Jeffrey Epstein sexually abused them. They...
Appeals court rules against sex offender

Appeals court rules against sex offender

Underage victims of billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein are entitled to correspondence between federal prosecutors and Epstein’s attorneys related to his sweetheart plea deal, a federal appeals court ruled Friday. This is one more step in the fight by victims’ attorneys Brad Edwards and Paul Cassell to overturn the secret deal, which saved Epstein from facing serious federal charges...

Judge grants summary judgment for Epstein

A circuit judge sided with sex offender Jeffrey Epstein Monday over victims’ attorney Brad Edwards, ruling there is no legal basis for Edwards’ claims of abuse of process and malicious prosecution. Circuit Judge Donald Hafele granted Epstein’s motion for summary judgment, giving Epstein the victory without going to trial in May. Hafele sided with attorney Chester Brewer, who argued...
‘Go-to guy’ leaves police force after 23 years

‘Go-to guy’ leaves police force after 23 years

When Detective Joe Recarey began his career in Palm Beach, he had no experience as a police officer. Twenty-three years later, he leaves the department as one of the most experienced sworn officers — an 11-time Officer of the Month, with 80 commendations. He also was named Kiwanis Officer of the Year in 2002 and Kiwanis Officer of the Quarter in 2008. His last day is Friday. “I’ve...
Ex-Prez Clinton dines at Buccan; in town to visit injured pal?

Ex-Prez Clinton dines at Buccan; in town to visit injured pal?

Yes, that was Bill Clinton at Buccan — and it’s a sure thing the convert to veganism wasn’t chowing down on the hot-dog panini. We’re betting that the ex-prez’ visit to these parts had something to do with his friend Mark Wiener, who sustained serious injuries in a car crash on South County Road in August and has been hospitalized since. He’s been unable to speak...

Newest lawsuit against Epstein expected to include victim testimony

One or more victims of Palm Beacher Jeffrey Epstein are expected to testify during a civil trial early next year that pits the billionaire sex offender against an attorney who represented four underage victims of Epstein. Attorney Jack Scarola said it will be the first time the victims will have a chance to tell their stories. Scarola represents Fort Lauderdale attorney Brad Edwards in the lawsuit...
Epstein drops claims against victims’ attorney

Epstein drops claims against victims’ attorney

Sex offender Jeffrey Epstein has dismissed all claims contained in a 2009 lawsuit he filed against a Fort Lauderdale attorney who represented underage sex-abuse victims of the Palm Beach billionaire. The lawsuit alleged attorney Brad Edwards made improper use of the judicial system in investigating Epstein for civil lawsuits he filed on behalf of the victims. It also alleged Edwards engaged in unreasonable...
Male pattern baldness: New root cause found?

Male pattern baldness: New root cause found?

Researchers are zeroing in on a new potential cause of male pattern baldness, and their discovery may pave the way toward more effective and targeted treatments. Male pattern baldness affects 80% of men younger than age 70. It occurs when hair follicles shrink, and grow tiny hairs that are only viable for short periods of time. According to the study, bald men tend to have an abnormal amount of a...

Top-viewed online stories feature money, sex, politics

Polite society might frown on discussing sex, politics or money, but if 2010’s most-viewed stories on the Shiny Sheet’s website are any indication, they dang sure like to read about ’em. Staff writer Michele Dargan’s story on Jeffrey Epstein’s private jet/taxi service, which garnered the most views, had it all: celebrity (bad-tempered supermodel Naomi Campbell), politics...
‘Shiny Sheet’ wins first for page design, other Florida Press Club awards

‘Shiny Sheet’ wins first for page design, other Florida Press Club awards

The Palm Beach Daily News has won nine awards in the Florida Press Club 2010 Excellence in Journalism Contest. The winners were announced Saturday night at the FPC banquet in St. Pete Beach. Graphic artist Yolanda Cernicky won first place for feature page design. The newspaper won second place for best online publication; newspapers in all circulation categories were included in that competition....

Claim: Epstein filed lawsuit to 'intimidate’ attorney Edwards prosecuting sex abuse cases

Billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein filed his 2009 lawsuit against attorney Brad Edwards in an effort to get Edwards to drop sex abuse lawsuits filed against Epstein, attorney Jack Scarola said Friday. “The sole motivation for these claims against Mr. Edwards is an attempt to intimidate him so as to abandon the justified prosecution of his claims against Mr. Epstein,” Scarola said...

Lawsuit documents link Jeffrey Epstein to modeling agency owner Jean Luc Brunel

New court filings in a civil case filed by billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein link Epstein and Jean Luc Brunel, owner of modeling agency MC2. The documents say MC2 employees told attorney Brad Edwards that Epstein’s condos at 301 E. 66th St. in New York City were used to house young models. Edwards, who has sued Epstein on behalf of several women claiming to be victims of sex abuse by...

Esther Lurie Blumstein, at 100, still lovin’ Palm Beach after 75 years here

Don’t you just love the self-styled Palm Beach experts who rail on through their Locust Valley Lockjaw about how “Palm Beach is not what it used to be” and “the island has changed so much since I first settled in,” and then it turns out they moved here in like, 1995? Well, Esther Lurie Blumstein isn’t one of those. Sure, she’s seen lots of changes in her 75...

Jeffrey Epstein sued by woman alleging sexual abuse

A new federal lawsuit filed Friday against billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein asks for more than $50 million in damages by a woman who alleges repeated sexual abuse by Epstein at his El Brillo Way mansion when she was 16. The victim, M.J., alleges she was coerced into prostitution as a minor by Epstein, assisted by his employee Sarah Kellen. M.J. alleges Epstein has transferred and is transferring...

For Palm Beach sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, house arrest in home stretch

Palm Beach billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein will be a free man when his year of probation ends Wednesday for sex crimes he committed against under-aged girls. Epstein has settled more than two dozen lawsuits and claims against him by teen-agers who say they were lured to his Palm Beach mansion to give him sexually charged massages and/or sex in exchange for money. The terms of all settlements...
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