Jeffrey Epstein 'special observation' watch protocols went unheeded in hours before death

United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman speaks during a news conference in New York Monday

Attorney General William Barr, calling for an investigation by the FBI and the Justice Department's inspector general's office, said he was "appalled" to learn of Epstein's death while in federal custody.

Two other staff members who were assigned to Epsteins' unit at the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) have also been placed on leave. The announcement comes as both the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Justice Department's inspector general are investigating Epstein's death. "But let me assure you this case will continue on against anyone who was complicit with Epstein", the attorney general said, adding that any co-conspirator in the case "should not rest easy".

Epstein, 66, had pleaded not guilty to federal sex trafficking and conspiracy charges.

One person familiar with the incident told AP that the morning of Epstein's apparent suicide, the guards were working overtime because of staffing shortages.

An additional federal investigation was launched Saturday after the Federal Bureau of Prison said Epstein was found unresponsive in his cell at a high-security jail in Manhattan.

It was not clear why Epstein was taken off the suicide watch.

The Justice Department says the warden of another facility in upstate NY has been named the acting warden at MCC.

Epstein, 66, was found on August 10 morning in his cell at the MCC, a jail previously renowned for its ability to hold notorious prisoners under extremely tight security.

The Herald investigation showed that Epstein's attorneys, including Ken Starr and Alan Dershowitz, created the secret plea deal with Acosta unbeknownst to Epstein's alleged victims.

Regardless, Epstein's final cellmate was not there when Epstein apparently hanged himself using a bedsheet.

FILE PHOTO: U.S. financier Jeffrey Epstein appears in a photograph taken for the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services' sex offender registry March 28, 2017 and obtained by Reuters July 10, 2019.

Attorney Stan Pottinger says he is planning to file civil suits against Epstein's estate on behalf of "several" victims who say they were abused by Epstein in NY.

One of the two reassigned guards was reportedly not a full-fledged correctional officer, according to The New York Times.

In a statement provided to BBC News, the organisation's president Eric Young said prison employees who are not correctional officers - such as teachers, nurses, clerical workers - are often made to guard inmates due to a process known as "augmentation".

President Trump believes it is completely fine that he, as President of the United States, retweeted a conspiracy theory about a link between former President Bill Clinton and the death of billionaire financier and accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein.

Bradley J. Edwards, attorney for Epstein accusers Jane Doe 1 and Jane Doe 2, submitted a statement to the USA district court in southern Florida on Monday seeking to cancel the remaining provisions of the deal. "And most of the Government's objections - which were likewise predicated on protecting Epstein's interests - have also become moot".

The hulking former Briarcliff Manor cop told investigators that he didn't hear anything at the time and wasn't responsible for Epstein's injuries, sources previously told The Post.

Mr. Epstein's death raises serious questions that must be answered.

His death came a day after a court released documents in which one of his alleged victims said she was forced to have sex with well-known politicians and businessmen.

Neither White nor a representative for Wexner immediately responded to requests for comment.

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