Epstein Lawyers: Evidence Shows Death 'Far More Consistent With Assault'
Attorneys for an accused sex trafficker say he wasn't suicidal
Lawyers for deceased accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein have said his death was “far more consistent with assault” than suicide in a court hearing on Tuesday.
According to a report from NewsWeek, one of Epstein's attorneys told District Judge Richard M. Berman, "we did not see a despairing, despondent, suicidal person."
The lawyers say they have more evidence that would back their claims.
Epstein’s lawyers said the medical examiner who ruled Epstein's death as a suicide, had only seen just nine minutes of footage from one security camera, before making the ruling.
Federal prosecutors asked Berman at the time of the hearing to end the proceedings.
But Epstein's attorneys requested a formal investigation into the death.
Multiple probes into Epstein's death has already been confirmed by the Justice Department and FBI.
Epstein's accuser lawyers have also requested Berman for an independent investigation, arguing such a probe would make their clients more confident of the outcome.
“We have a profound problem with the conclusions of the medical examiner,” said one attorney.
Another one told Berman "there are conspiracy theories galore ... what if the tapes only broke down on the day he was killed or he died.”
The attorney then invited Berman to tour the Metropolitan Correctional Center, where Epstein was found non-responsive.
The Attorneys argued that Epstein did not have a motive to take his own life.
The also argued Epstein's legal team had decided to launch an appeal challenging prosecutors’ ability to pursue the case, which they believed has a high chance of success.
Camera surveillance footage from at least one camera situated outside the jail cell of the now-deceased pedophile Jeffrey Epstein has been too 'damaged' to be useful— Neon Nettle (@NeonNettle) August 27, 2019
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The attorney representing three of Jeffrey Epstein's victims says he had "information" suggesting the financier was "murdered" and his death made to "look like a suicide."
Lawyer Spencer Kuvin claims prison insiders killed Clinton-linked financier Epstein, saying they were "paid off" to "go into the jail and take care of him."
Earlier this month, Reid Weingarten, Martin G. Weinberg, and Michael Miller released a statement blasting the Metropolitan Correctional Center's "medieval conditions," of the prison, asserting that "no one should die in jail."
In a statement obtained by the New York Times, Epstein's lawyers argued that "his safety was the responsibility of the MCC.
Attorney General William Barr earlier this month criticized those who were in Manhattan’s Metropolitan Correctional Center security.
Barr vowed that no one who was “complicit” in Epstein’s crimes would escape justice.
Barr confirmed the Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz launched a probe into the mysterious circumstances surrounding the Epstein's death.
“I was appalled, and indeed the whole department was, and, frankly, angry, to learn of the MCC’s failure to adequately secure this prisoner,” Barr said.
”We are now learning of serious irregularities at this facility that are deeply concerning and demand a thorough investigation."
“The FBI and the Office of Inspector General are doing just that. We will get to the bottom of what happened, and there will be accountability.”