Florida Legislature Demands Release of Jeffrey Epstein Grand Jury Transcripts

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  • Source: Wayne Dupree
  • 02/23/2024
The Legislature approved a measure overwhelmingly directing the governor of Florida to produce the transcripts of a grand jury that looked into Jeffrey Epstein's sexual assaults on minor girls in 2006.

The measure, which earlier this week cleared the House and the Senate, is expected to become law on July 1 if signed by Governor Ron DeSantis. However, the Palm Beach Post filed a lawsuit, which might force a South Florida circuit court to disclose the transcripts sooner, according to the AP. In an attempt to secure a court order to unseal the grand jury proceedings and disclose the reasons for the grand jury's modest charge return, The Post sued the Palm Beach County state attorney and the court clerk in 2019.

After a slew of Miami Herald stories in 2018, Florida's handling of Epstein came under investigation. They described the disputes that arose among law enforcement personnel starting in 2005, after reports from young girls and women in their adolescent years, alleging that Epstein had sexually abused them.

They alleged he would molest them without their permission after they had consented to give him massages while they were completely or semi-naked in return for money. Meanwhile, federal prosecutors received the evidence from Palm Beach police, and they threatened to file charges unless a deal was made in June 2008. Epstein entered a guilty plea to the state's counts of criminal solicitation of prostitution and obtaining a person under the age of eighteen for prostitution.

He received a sentence that included 12 months of home arrest and 18 months in the Palm Beach County prison system. Epstein was given permission to remain in a solitary cell at the county's minimum-security stockade while under the Palm Beach sheriff's custody. From there, he was able to move about and watch television. No sooner was Epstein granted admission to the county's work-release program.

He claimed to be managing both his foundation and his financial consultancy company while being led to his office at that period. in the time of his release, he was working eighteen hours a day, six days a week, in his workplace. In order to have paid intercourse with Epstein during that period, two women—one who was an adult and the other who was 17 at the time—have claimed they were trafficked to his office.


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