Jeffrey Epstein must be grateful every day that he is not a Catholic priest.
Not only is he a billionaire, having made his money in hedge funds, but he is also accused of having others solicit and send him underage girls for his sexual pleasure.
His arrest and conviction made barely a ripple. Here’s why, according to thedailybeast.com:
On October 29, 2007, Florida’s attorney general signed a plea deal with Jeffrey E. Epstein, a wealthy New York hedge-fund manager. Epstein had been arrested in Palm Beach, but after a two-year FBI probe his high-powered lawyers were able to negotiate an agreement that allowed him to plead guilty to only two counts of solicitation of prostitution with a minor, rather than all five counts of child sex-trafficking charges stipulated in the final Non Prosecution Agreement
Epstein got a great prison gig – he only had to spend nights there – and after 13 months was released and had to wear an electronic bracelet for another 5 months.
His story has everything: underage girls recruited by an international modeling agency and sent to him on his private planes. Settlements when someone complains. And governmental agencies that in the 21st century all but gave him a pass.
But the only journalist who seems to be tracking this story is Conchita Sarnoff of thedailybeast.com. The web site has been doing what The New York Times, the Boston Globe, Maureen Dowd and lawyer Jeffrey Anderson won’t do, which is keeping the heat on.
There are other people paying attention, however: According to the website's most recent report, Florida defense attorneys are trying to keep their clients out of prison by using Jeffrey Epstein’s treatment as an example. As reported by The Daily Beast
“In my over 40 years of being involved in the criminal-justice business, I have never seen such an agreement [as the one] negotiated by the U.S. government,” said Hugo Rodriguez, a Miami-based criminal-defense attorney and a retired FBI agent. “It’s obvious, this is a case of selective prosecution.” Lawyers in Florida are watching the decision on the case, he said, “for guidance, and how they’ll proceed with other cases filing a similar defense.”
The only way this will attract national attention, apparently, is if a Catholic priest would be so bold as to use the Epstein case as an argument for lightening their sentence. Then the outrage would be heard.