Video Footage Outside Jeffrey Epstein’s Jail Cell Is Unusable, Report States
At least one camera stationed outside the jail cell of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein is reportedly too damaged to be of use for investigators looking into his death last month.
The Washington Post, citing three people briefed on the matter, reported that it is unclear why the footage from the Metropolitan Correctional Center was determined to be unusable. The report said there is footage in better condition taken of the area.
It is not clear if the issue with the footage is isolated or an ongoing problem at the Manhattan facility.
The Post‘s report called the unusable footage “yet another of the apparent failures” at the facility and called the footage critical to the probe.
The acting director of the Bureau of Prisons was removed from his position and the two guards who were supposed to be watching Epstein have been placed on administrative leave. The warden of the facility has also been temporarily reassigned.
Barr has said officials had uncovered “serious irregularities” and was angry that staff members at the federal lockup had failed to “adequately secure this prisoner.”
The incident is being investigated by the FBI and the Justice Department’s inspector general’s office, which are attempting to determine what happened and how to assess whether any policies were violated or crimes committed.
Epstein had pleaded not guilty to sex trafficking charges and was being held without bail.
He had previously served 13 months in jail after signing a no-prosecution deal a dozen years ago in Florida. Epstein signed it before he pleaded guilty to having sexual relations with teenage girls under the age of consent.
The deal has since resurfaced and garnered widespread criticism for being too lenient.
Prosecutors in New York said that deal did not prevent the new charges.
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