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  1. #346

    Re: The Manafort/Stone/Epstein Trials & Scandals

    Epstein’s 11th-Hour Executor Says He Won’t Serve for Estate
    By Neil Weinberg
    August 19, 2019, 6:35 PM EDT Updated on August 19, 2019, 9:45 PM EDT

    Biotech venture capitalist Nikolic says ‘shocked’ to be named
    $578 million trust obscures details of who will get money

    Bill Gates and Boris Nikolic in 2012. Photographer: Paul Morigi/Getty Images

    Jeffrey Epstein had very few people he could turn to in his final days. When he needed a backup to handle his estate, he named a little-known biotech venture capitalist named Boris Nikolic in his will. But apparently without Nikolic’s knowledge.

    Nikolic said he was “shocked” after hearing from Bloomberg News of his inclusion in Epstein’s will. “I was not consulted in these matters and I have no intent to fulfill these duties, whatsoever,” according to a statement provided by his spokeswoman.

    A former science adviser to Bill Gates, Nikolic was part of a circle of scientists whom Epstein cultivated in recent years, especially in biotechnology. He was an immunologist who did his post-doctoral work at Harvard, moving in a well-connected social and academic world that Epstein coveted as a wealth manager.

    Epstein transferred his assets, valued at $578 million, to a trust just two days before he hanged himself alone in his cell as guards reportedly slept. The transfer obscures details about where his money will go and may make it harder for his alleged victims to recover potential damages. Nikolic is named a “successor executor,” meaning he would take control of Epstein’s estate if the named executors, Darren K. Indyke and Richard D. Kahn, can’t fulfill their roles.

    Epstein was a convicted pedophile who was arrested last month after his private jet arrived in New Jersey on a return from Paris and charged with sex trafficking teenage girls. After that, many of his known associates distanced themselves from him in public statements.

    Nickolic is a new name on a long roster of Epstein associates. Over the years, Epstein surrounded himself with celebrities, business executives and politicians -- including Ehud Barak of Israel and former U.S. President Bill Clinton -- while cultivating the image of a moneyed philanthropist.

    Not much is known about Epstein and Nikolic’s relationship and Nikolic said they had no business ties and Epstein didn’t invest in his funds. But both men were clients of the private bank at JPMorgan Chase & Co. As far back as the 1990s, Epstein was known within the bank as a “center of influence,” according to several people familiar with his status. That referred to his ability to help bankers attract lucrative new clients.

    Nikolic, 49, would have been such a prospect. After leaving Gates in 2014, he funded more than a dozen firms in gene editing and other health technologies. A prospectus for a successful public offering of one of those gene companies, Editas Medicine Inc., said he controlled a stake worth $42 million. Nikolic waxed enthusiastic about Epstein’s financial advice in discussions with private bankers leading up to the Editas offering, according to one person familiar with the matter. JPMorgan, which didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment, was co-underwriter on the deal.

    Nikolic was part of a broad network that overlapped with Epstein’s, said his spokeswoman, Carin Canale-Theakston.

    Epstein’s enthusiasm for scientific endeavors and high-profile researchers has been well-documented. He was hosted at Harvard as recently as 2014 by George Church, a biologist who oversees the Harvard Human Genome Project, according to online calendars. Epstein provided funding to the project.

    Church founded eGenesis, to develop synthetic organs, as well as Editas. Both firms received early investments from Biomatics Capital, where Nikolic is one of two managing directors. Biomatics, which is based in Boston and Seattle, is run by several former staffers from the Gates Foundation and Gates Ventures.

    Church, who didn’t respond to requests for comment, offered a public apology this month for “poor awareness and judgment” in dealing with Epstein. A Gates spokeswoman, Bridgitt Arnold, said that Epstein didn’t provide any services to Gates.
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  2. #347

    Re: The Manafort/Stone/Epstein Trials & Scandals

    2 top researchers quitting MIT Media Lab over Epstein ties
    By FRANK BAJAK Associated Press
    August 21, 2019 — 8:05pm

    CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Two prominent researchers are quitting MIT's Media Lab over revelations that the famed technology research hub and its director took money from Jeffrey Epstein after he'd served time for sex offenses involving girls and young women.

    Ethan Zuckerman, director of the lab's Center for Civic Media, said director Joi Ito had failed to disclose the deceased financier's funding of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology incubator as well as investments Epstein made in Ito's personal venture capital fund.

    Visiting scholar Nathan Matias, who works on the social impact of online platforms, said in a blog post Wednesday that he, too, was severing ties with the Media Lab over business relations that occurred after Epstein's "appalling crimes were already known."

    Epstein was awaiting trial on federal sex trafficking charges when he killed himself in his New York City jail cell earlier this month. He had previously served time on solicitation charges.

    An MIT spokesman did not respond to questions about how much Epstein contributed to the Media Lab, for how long or to what specific projects, if any, those donations were earmarked. The Boston Globe said public records showed he gave at least $200,000.

    Zuckerman said he spoke to Ito on Aug. 9, the day before Epstein was found dead and after he saw new details of Epstein's case.

    "As the scale of Joi's involvement with Epstein became clear to me, I began to understand that I had to end my relationship with the MIT Media Lab," Zuckerman wrote in a blog post he published Tuesday.

    "The work my group does focuses on social justice and on the inclusion of marginalized individuals and points of view. It's hard to do that work with a straight face in a place that violated its own values so clearly in working with Epstein and in disguising that relationship," he said.

    Zuckerman said Ito had asked him to meet with Epstein in 2014 and that he refused and urged Ito not to meet the financier either. He said the two did not speak about Epstein until last week.

    Before his recent New York federal sex trafficking charges, Epstein pleaded guilty in 2008 to prostitution-related charges involving underage girls in Florida. He served 13 months in jail and was allowed out on work release almost every day.

    Zuckerman said he would not leave the Media Lab until the end of the academic year in May because he cannot responsibly abandon his students.

    The public controversy surrounding Epstein's donations to the lab date to 2015. In an apology he published last week, Ito said he first met Epstein in 2013 at a conference and had, in addition to inviting him to the lab, visited several of Epstein's homes.

    "I was never involved in, never heard him talk about, and never saw any evidence of the horrific acts that he was accused of," Ito wrote. He said he regretted allowing Epstein to make donations to the lab and to invest in several of his funds, which invest in tech startups outside of MIT.

    Media Lab receives about $75 million in annual funding provided by a long list of corporate "members" including Hyundai, Samsung, Comcast, Google, Nike, Twitter and more.

    Ito vowed to raise an amount equivalent to the donations that the Media Lab received from Epstein and to direct the funds to nonprofits that focus on supporting survivors of trafficking. He did not respond to an emailed request for comment.

    Asked if MIT was discussing Ito's possible departure, Steve Bradt did not respond, saying via email that Ito's public apology letter "offers the extent of comment and information."

    Ito has been director of the Media Lab since 2011 and sits on the board of directors of The New York Times and the MacArthur Foundation. He is on the board of trustees of the Knight Foundation.
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  3. #348

    Re: The Manafort/Stone/Epstein Trials & Scandals

    EXCLUSIVE: Jeffrey Epstein has been laid to rest in unmarked tomb besides his parents at a Jewish mausoleum in Florida that was arranged by his brother, who raged it's 'nobody's f**king business' to know where the pedophile had been buried

    The remains of Jeffrey Epstein were laid to rest beside his parents Pauline and Seymour Epstein at IJ Morris Star of David Cemetery in Loxahatchee, Florida, it is believed

    The 66-year-old died by suicide on August 10 in his New York prison cell while awaiting trial on charges of sex trafficking of underage girls

    His final resting place is an eye-level granite compartment in a large community crypt, where the priciest spots are rumored to cost as much as $250,000

    It is believed Epstein's remains were secretly transported to Florida before being loaded into a black minivan and discreetly driven through the cemetery gates with a police escort following close behind

    Epstein's brother Mark took charge of the body after it was released last week by the New York City Medical Examiner's office

    Epstein's father Seymour, a groundskeeper for NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, was laid to rest at the same mausoleum in 1991, dying at age 74

    Epstein's mom Pauline, a school aide and homemaker he married in 1952, joined him there after she died in 2004 at the age of 85

    When contacted Mark Epstein to confirm that the sex offender's remains were sealed inside, he raged: 'It's nobody's f**king business'


    PUBLISHED: 13:04 EDT, 21 August 2019 | UPDATED: 16:55 EDT, 21 August 2019

    This unmarked stone crypt at an exclusive Jewish mausoleum is the likely final resting place of Jeffrey Epstein, can reveal.

    Sources believe the pedophile financier's remains were transported to Loxahatchee, Florida so they could be entombed beside his parents, Pauline 'Paula' and Seymour Epstein.

    Cemetery staff have refused to say why they mysteriously removed the couple's memorial plate last Wednesday - the day after 66-year-old Epstein's low-key funeral in New York - and replaced it with a blank white slab.

    The neighboring crypt has a brand new, unmarked plate but when contacted Epstein's only sibling Mark to confirm that the sex offender's remains were sealed inside, he raged: 'It's nobody's f**king business.'

    Mark, 65 - sole heir to the predator's $577 million fortune – added: 'It's a private family matter, you got that? I'm not going to answer your question.'

    Jeffrey Epstein was laid to rest beside his parents Pauline and Seymour Epstein at a Jewish mausoleum in Loxahatchee, Florida. The pedophile financier's final resting place is an eye-level compartment in a large community crypt housing dozens of other Jewish graves. The modest tomb is in keeping with Jewish tradition although starkly different to the grandeur Epstein enjoyed before child sex abuse allegations brought his jet-set lifestyle crashing down

    The exclusive palm-lined cemetery on the fringes of the Florida Everglades is a 30-minute drive from the Palm Beach mansion where Epstein is said to have preyed upon many of his underage victims

    The twinned granite vaults are located in a large community mausoleum housing dozens of other Jewish graves at the IJ Morris Star of David Cemetery of the Palm Beaches.

    They are modest and in keeping with Jewish tradition, starkly different to the grandeur Epstein enjoyed before child sex abuse allegations brought his jet-set lifestyle crashing down.

    However plots and mausoleum spots there are believed to cost as much as $250,000, owing to its proximity to wealthy Palm Beach.

    IJ Morris is part of the Dignity Memorial network of funerals homes and cemeteries.

    Parent company Service Corporation International released a further statement on behalf of IJ Morris, saying: ‘As part of our commitment to all families, we guard their privacy and do not discuss specific matters with the media.’

    Between them, the Epstein brothers own numerous properties including an 8,000-acre ranch in New Mexico and an entire private island in the US Virgin Islands that could have discreetly hosted his grave.

    But Mark appears to have chosen the same spot where their 74-year-old dad Seymour G. Epstein, a groundskeeper for the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, was laid to rest in 1991.

    The remains of their mom Paula, a school aide and homemaker, were placed in the same tomb when she died in 2004, aged 85.

    The exclusive palm-lined cemetery on the fringes of the Florida Everglades is a 30-minute drive from the Palm Beach mansion where Epstein is said to have preyed upon many of his underage victims.

    New York City's Medical Examiner confirmed last week that Epstein committed suicide by hanging himself in a federal jail cell as he waited to go on trial for child sex trafficking.


    Epstein's death certificate states that Mark took charge of his brother's body last Tuesday before organizing a funeral at the exclusive Frank E. Campbell funeral chapel in Manhattan's Madison Avenue.

    The State of New York paperwork lists the method of disposal as 'entombment' - but does not reveal a location.

    However a sudden police presence and increased security at the Star of David Cemetery of the Palm Beaches last week hinted at a high-profile arrival.

    Then, in a mysterious twist, his parent's engraved memorial plate was discreetly switched out for a blank white slab on Wednesday afternoon in an apparent attempt to keep their location secret.

    On Saturday, when the cemetery is usually closed for the Jewish Sabbath, an unmarked black minivan was seen driving through the wrought iron gates with a police escort.

    When reporters attempted to access the sprawling memorial site sandwiched between tropical swampland and a golf course we were warned it was trespassing.

    Mausoleum spaces at the Star of David Cemetery are typically more expensive than burial plots - but are considered more secure.

    Jonathan Weis, funeral director for IJ Morris, the firm that operates the 26-acre cemetery, refused to discuss Epstein, telling 'I don't have any information for you'.

    He wouldn't confirm the convicted sex offender's parents were entombed there either, despite funeral records indicating the location and obtaining a photograph of their memorial plate.

    IJ Morris has a second location in Brooklyn, New York and boasts of its expertise in transporting Jewish remains over long distances and to and from Israel.

    Officials say Epstein hanged himself with a bed sheet as he waited to face charges of sex trafficking of a minor and conspiracy to commit sex trafficking.

    He was found with several broken bones in his neck when guards were doing their morning rounds on Saturday August 10.

    The revelation that his thyroid bone was broken - an injury typically recorded in strangulations - led to wild speculation that Epstein was murdered in his cell.


    Epstein's will, filed in a probate court in the U.S. Virgin Islands but made public this week, put his net worth at over $577 million.
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  4. #349

    Re: The Manafort/Stone/Epstein Trials & Scandals

    julie k. brown
    I can guarantee you it’s too late now. It’s already been acid washed from floor to ceiling.

    By MOLA LENGHI CBS NEWS August 21, 2019, 6:44 PM
    Epstein's New Mexico ranch still hasn't been raided by federal agents
    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.

  5. #350

    Re: The Manafort/Stone/Epstein Trials & Scandals

    Council on Foreign Relations, another beneficiary of Epstein largesse, grapples with how to handle his donations
    By Marc Fisher September 10, 2019 at 1:57 p.m. EDT

    In his 15 years as a member of the prestigious Council on Foreign Relations, Jeffrey Epstein attended only two events — a dinner for big donors in 1998 and a 2002 conversation with Paul O’Neill when he was U.S. treasury secretary during the George W. Bush administration.

    But Epstein had given the council $350,000 over a decade of membership in the group’s top-level donor category, the Chairman’s Circle, and council leaders now acknowledge that they never discussed what to do about Epstein’s donations after he pleaded guilty to sex crimes in 2008.

    “I deeply regret that his conviction did not automatically trigger a review of his membership status,” council president Richard Haass wrote in a note to council members last month.

    His email, which was obtained by The Washington Post, made no mention of whether the council ever considered returning or redirecting Epstein’s donations, as some other nonprofits did after his 2008 conviction or his arrest this summer on federal charges of sexually abusing dozens of girls.

    On Monday, council spokeswoman Lisa Shields responded to The Post’s inquiry about the gifts with a statement saying that the council is “examining ways to allocate resources equivalent to Epstein’s donations to relevant work, such as our InfoGuide on Modern Slavery,” which looks at human trafficking, and a Women and Foreign Policy Program, which produces reports on issues such as sexual violence in conflict and child marriage.

    The council is the latest institution now confronting questions about how it handled contributions from Epstein, who officials say hung himself in a New York jail cell last month while awaiting trial.

    The wealthy financier devoted extensive energy to forging connections with some of the nation’s top academic and policy figures, plying top-shelf institutions with big donations in a quest for intellectual credibility even as prosecutors say he targeted dozens of girls.

    That effort to win favor extended to the nation’s foreign policy establishment as well as to top universities and leading scientists.

    Epstein was a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, whose 5,000 members include many big names in the business, government and media elites, from 1995 until 2009, at least two years after he came under investigation for sexual abuse of minors, according to council donor lists and Haass’s memo.

    Epstein pleaded guilty in 2008 to two felony offenses, including soliciting a minor, and served 13 months in county jail in West Palm Beach, Fla.

    His council membership was eventually revoked not because of his indictment or conviction but “on the basis of nonpayment of dues,” according to Haass’s memo.

    “We did not connect the news [of Epstein’s conviction] with Epstein’s membership,” Shields said. “But we should have. This is why we are looking into our policies and procedures.”

    Haass said in his memo that Epstein participated in council activities only rarely. The council president also said that Epstein’s longtime friend, Ghislaine Maxwell, who has been accused by victims of procuring girls for him, was not a member of the council, but participated in two of the group’s events “in her capacity as the head of a foundation focused on oceans governance.”

    New members of the foreign policy council are nominated by existing members. Council officials declined to identify who nominated Epstein, saying they do not make public the names of nominators for any particular candidate.

    Two members of the council’s board, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak about this issue, said they were confident that the organization did not make a decision to keep Epstein on its membership list despite his indictment or conviction but rather failed to pay attention to the news about his crimes.

    Haass said in his memo that the council will create “new procedures . . . so that anything along these lines does not happen again.” He is expected to raise the issue at the council’s next board meeting, next month.

    Until 2006, Epstein donated faithfully each year to the council at its highest level of donors, a group of a few dozen members who gave at least $25,000 a year, according to the council’s donor rosters.

    Epstein’s fellow donors at that level included people such as ABC News executive Roone Arledge, New York Daily News owner Mortimer Zuckerman, and fellow financiers and Wall Street figures David Rockefeller, Henry Kravis, Maurice Greenberg and Leon Black.

    Epstein also made large donations to universities such as Harvard and MIT over the last two decades of his life.

    The head of MIT’s Media Lab resigned Saturday and stepped down from the boards of several organizations following revelations that the lab accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars from Epstein.

    MIT’s president, L. Rafael Reif, said last month that the school would donate to charities for Epstein’s victims or other sexual abuse victims an amount matching the $800,000 that Epstein gave MIT through the years.

    Harvard, which received far more from Epstein, including a single donation of $6.5 million in 2003, has made no such pledge. Harvard officials said in 2006, after Epstein first faced sex crime charges, that it would not return his gifts.

    Although most nonprofits do not scour their donor lists to determine whether contributors have committed crimes, many organizations do pay extra attention to the backgrounds of major donors, according to researchers who have studied American philanthropy.

    Many groups have established policies for avoiding “tainted money” and returning or redirecting gifts under some conditions.

    Although the council took no action against Epstein because of his crimes, the foreign policy organization did act against another member who was convicted of bank and wire fraud.

    In 2010, Hassan Nemazee, a wealthy investor who donated large sums to Democratic campaigns and served as Hillary Clinton’s national finance chairman in 2008, pleaded guilty to four fraud charges in a scheme to defraud banks of about $300 million.

    Nemazee was a council member, and after his conviction, “we received a letter from the U.S. government,” Shields said, “informing us that [money] that Nemazee had given to CFR was illegally obtained. So we returned that money to the government.” Shields said the council forfeited $167,463 to federal authorities.

    But in the case of Kenneth I. Starr, a council member and New York money manager who was convicted of running a $35 million Ponzi scheme, council officials were not aware of any return or redirection of his donations.

    Shields said the council has dealt with questions about gifts from members who are convicted of crimes “on a case-by-case basis” but will now seek to set a clear policy on such matters.
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  6. #351

    Re: The Manafort/Stone/Epstein Trials & Scandals

    MIT Media Lab head Joichi Ito resigns over Epstein donations

    The head of MIT's Media Lab has resigned following revelations about the academic centre's financial ties to the late US financier Jeffrey Epstein.

    MIT President Rafael Reif confirmed the resignation of Joichi Ito on Saturday following media reports.

    Mr Reif added that university was engaging a law firm to conduct an independent review.

    It comes a day after a New Yorker article outlined donations Epstein made and solicited for MIT.

    The article also alleged that MIT staff sought to conceal the university's relationship with Epstein, who died in prison while awaiting trial for sex trafficking charges.

    "The acceptance of the Epstein gifts involved a mistake of judgment," Mr Reif said in a statement.

    In an email published by the New York Times, Mr Ito told university provost Martin Schmidt that he had made the decision to step down "after giving the matter a great deal of thought over the past several days and weeks".

    He apologised an a separate email to members of the Lab, saying: "While this chapter is truly difficult, I am confident the lab will persevere."

    Mr Ito shared the emails with the New York Times, where he has served as a board member since 2012.

    According to the New Yorker, internal MIT emails and documents show that, although Epstein was blacklisted from the university's official donor database, Mr Ito and other Lab staff continued to accept contributions from him and actively tried to conceal where they came from.

    *Epstein was also allegedly consulted about the use of funds, and served as an intermediary between the Lab and other wealthy donors.

    The New Yorker alleges that Epstein helped to secure at least $7.5m (£6.1m) in donations, including $2m from Microsoft founder Bill Gates.

    Mr Ito has acknowledged that he had accepted a $525,000 donation from Epstein, along with $1.2m for his own personal investment funds.

    A spokesperson for Mr Gates told the New Yorker that "any claim that Epstein directed any programmatic or personal grantmaking for Bill Gates is completely false".

    Mr Ito first revealed in August that he had accepted donations from Mr Epstein, along with investments into his own personal funds.
    The revelation prompted calls for him to resign as director, and two academic staff announced plans to leave the Lab.

    Mr Ito met around 200 staff earlier this week to apologise again and seek to make amends to the centre.

    But towards the end of the meeting, Nicholas Negroponte, a founder of the Lab, interrupted and said he had told Mr Ito to take the donation and would do it again.

    According to the MIT Technology Review, the meeting ended with one woman in tears. Another told Mr Negroponte to "shut up," adding: "We've been cleaning up your messes for the past eight years."

    MIT's Media Lab is an interdisciplinary research centre founded in 1985.

    It has been behind several technological innovations, including the electronic ink used in the Amazon Kindle, and video game Guitar Hero.

    *Much of the lab's funding comes from nearly 90 corporate sponsors, although these companies are not allowed to support or direct any of the research.

    *There's a big argument going on about Epstein directing use of the money he donated making MIT part of a money laundering scheme.
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  7. #352

    Re: The Manafort/Stone/Epstein Trials & Scandals

    Harvard says Epstein's $9M donations came before his 2008 guilty plea on sex charges
    Doug Stanglin

    Harvard received nearly $9 million in donations from financier Jeffrey Epstein before his 2008 guilty plea to sex charges, but the university rejected a proposed gift after the conviction, according to Harvard President Lawrence Bacow.

    In a message to the Harvard community Thursday, Bacow said $186,000 in still unspent funds from the earlier donations will be given to organizations that support victims of human trafficking and sexual assault.

    Bacow said the extent of Epstein's donations had been assembled in a review by the university that he ordered two weeks ago.

    He condemned Epstein's crimes as "repulsive and reprehensible" and said he "profoundly regret(s) Harvard’s past association with him."

    In 2008, Epstein pleaded guilty to state prostitution charges in Florida in an agreement to avoid federal prosecution on sex trafficking charges. He was also required to register as a sex offender in states where he lived.

    The financier, who did not attend Harvard, had long cultivated powerful and wealthy figures and gave generously to such institutions as Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology personally and through his foundation.

    Amid a review of Epstein donations to MIT, university President L. Rafael Reifacknowledged Thursday he apparently thanked Epstein in a note in 2012 in response to one donation. In addition, several top MIT administrators were aware of gifts from Epstein's foundations to the university Media Lab from 2013 to 2017.

    Bacow, in his message, emphasized that all of Epstein's donations came before his 2008 guilty plea. The largest was a $6.5 million gift in 2003 to support the Program for Evolutionary Dynamics. Other gifts totaled approximately $2.4 million.

    Bacow said the university had specifically rejected a proposed donation from Epstein after 2008.

    He said that the majority of Epstein’s gifts had been designated for current use, not as endowed funds, and that "nearly all" were spent years ago for their intended purposes in support of research and education.

    He said the review turned up a small endowment designated to the Faculty of Arts and Sciences with a total unspent balance of $186,000, which was being sent to organizations support victims of human trafficking and sexual assault.

    "This is an unusual step for the university, but we have decided it is the proper course of action under the circumstances of Epstein’s egregiously repugnant crimes," he said.

    The university president also noted that Harvard had recently learned that Stephen Kosslyn, a former faculty member and a beneficiary of Epstein’s philanthropy, had designated Epstein as a Visiting Fellow in the Department of Psychology in 2005.

    "We are seeking to learn more about the nature of that appointment from Dr. Kosslyn, who no longer works at the university," Bacow said.

    In addition, he said Harvard was reviewing the issue of donations given to the university by others at Epstein's suggestion.
    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.

  8. #353

    Re: The Manafort/Stone/Epstein Trials & Scandals

    Adam Klasfeld
    Second Circuit to Ghislaine Maxwell in unsealing fight:

    Pay The
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  9. #354

    Re: The Manafort/Stone/Epstein Trials & Scandals

    Merris Badcock
    BREAKING: Federal judge will *not* award damages to Jeffrey Epstein’s Florida victims, even though judge agrees prosecutors broke the law when they failed to tell victims about Epstein’s controversial non-prosecution agreements.

    This also protects co-conspirators who allegedly participated in the sex ring and/or helped Epstein assault and recruit girls. Victims will not learn who else was involved.
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  10. #355

    Re: The Manafort/Stone/Epstein Trials & Scandals

    Big Cases Bot
    New filing in Guiffre v. Maxwell: Letter

    Long story short:

    Adam Klasfeld

    New: Ghislaine Maxwell wants to argue certain files shouldn’t be unsealed because they were added for an “improper purpose,” a new memo says.

    Accuser Virginia Giuffre’s attorney calls that a “belated” and “unfounded” claim.”
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  11. #356

    Re: The Manafort/Stone/Epstein Trials & Scandals

    Just in case you thought the Epstein case was done:

    Adam Klasfeld

    New: “John Doe,” an unidentified person fighting the release of Epstein-related documents, wants a federal judge to deem filings with “frivolous, scandalous or otherwise improper content” not judicial and therefore not releasable.

    This is the second John Doe. The first one is widely believed to be a well known Harvard law professor. This could be Jean-Luc Brunel who has been found hiding out in "South America". Serioulsy no country was named.
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  12. #357

    Re: The Manafort/Stone/Epstein Trials & Scandals

    Adam Klasfeld

    NEW: Alan Dershowitz opposes Ghislaine Maxwell's motion to keep the Epstein-related documents sealed.

    The sealed docs "indisputably merit a presumption of public access," his attorneys argue, calling for disclosure throughout a 5-page brief.

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  13. #358

    Re: The Manafort/Stone/Epstein Trials & Scandals

    Adam Klasfeld

    ...Shortly after CNN reported Jeffrey Epstein’s former friend and associate Jean-Luc Brunel's ready to talk to French police, there's a sealed filing on the Epstein docket.
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  14. #359

    Re: The Manafort/Stone/Epstein Trials & Scandals

    Judge denies Alan Dershowitz's motion to dismiss Epstein-related defamation suit
    Jeffrey Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre filed a defamation case against Dershowitz in April, saying he falsely claimed she fabricated her accusations.

    Oct. 16, 2019, 3:43 PM EDT
    By Tom Winter, Sarah Fitzpatrick and Adiel Kaplan

    Jeffrey Epstein accuser Virginia Giuffre can move forward with her defamation lawsuit against lawyer Alan Dershowitz, but she's going to need a new attorney, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.

    Dershowitz, a professor emeritus at Harvard Law School and a former lawyer for Epstein, has been embroiled for years in the child sexual abuse scandal surrounding the wealthy financier who died by suicide in August.

    Giuffre, one of Epstein's earliest and most prominent accusers, filed the defamation suit against Dershowitz in April.

    The suit alleges that she was a victim of sex trafficking and abuse by Epstein from 2000 to 2002, beginning when she was 16 years old. Guiffre claims Dershowitz "was also a participant in sex trafficking, including as one of the men to whom Epstein lent out Plaintiff for sex," and that Dershowitz falsely claimed she had fabricated the accusations.

    Dershowitz has adamantly denied the allegations and filed motions to dismiss the case and to disqualify Giuffre's lawyers from representing her. He claims that she conspired with her lawyers at the firm Boies Schiller Flexner LLP to extort him.

    But Judge Loretta Preska of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled Wednesday that the case would continue, stating that "Giuffre has pled sufficient facts" to defeat Dershowitz's motion to dismiss. Preska ruled in Dershowitz's favor on a second motion he filed — that Giuffre could no longer be represented by lawyers from Boies Schiller Flexner LLP due to the likelihood that lawyers from the firm will be called as witnesses in the case.

    The case hinges in part on Giuffre's claim that Dershowitz defamed her by saying she and lawyers at Boies Schiller Flexner attempted to extort him.

    “The defamation case against Alan Dershowitz is going forward and he will have to face justice," Sigrid McCawley, one of Giuffre's lawyers at Boies Schiller Flexner, said. "The decision, however, to disqualify our firm, which has had the privilege of representing Virginia and advocating for her brave voice and continued call for justice, is deeply disappointing and it will be promptly appealed.”

    Dershowitz released a statement saying he was pleased that the firm led by prominent attorney David Boies has been "disqualified." He said he plans to call Boies "as a major witness to prove — in Boies' own recorded words — that his client is 'wrong ... simply wrong' in accusing me."

    According to the judge's ruling, Dershowitz also provided the court transcripts of a conversation between himself and Boies.

    The judge cited the transcript in her ruling saying that if Giuffre’s current attorneys weren’t disqualified, they would be in the unusual position of having to question their own colleagues, including Boies, about conflicting evidence and testimony in the case.

    The case is now headed to trial, though Giuffre will need new representation. Dershowitz told the court his legal team plans to call multiple lawyers from Boies Schiller Flexner as witnesses to prove the extortion happened. Giuffre's attorneys at the firm maintain that the conversation transcript was taken out of context and that nothing improper occurred.

    Giuffre, who lives in Australia, could not immediately be reached for comment.
    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.

  15. #360

    Re: The Manafort/Stone/Epstein Trials & Scandals

    Jeffrey Epstein's autopsy more consistent with homicidal strangulation than suicide, Dr. Michael Baden reveals
    By Melissa Leon | Fox News
    Published October 30, 2019 Last Update 6 hrs ago

    The body of disgraced money man and sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, who was found dead in his Manhattan federal prison cell in August, bore telltale signs of homicide despite an official ruling that he killed himself, a pioneering forensic pathologist revealed to “Fox & Friends” in an exclusive interview Wednesday.

    The bombshell claim by Dr. Michael Baden, a former New York City medical examiner who has worked on high-profile cases during a five-decade medical career, is certain to reignite suspicions that surfaced immediately after Epstein, who was awaiting trial on federal sex-trafficking charges involving underage girls, was discovered dead in his cell on Aug. 10. Baden, who was hired by Epstein’s brother and observed the autopsy, told Fox News its findings are more consistent with homicidal strangulation than suicidal hanging. He noted that the 66-year-old Epstein had two fractures on the left and right sides of his larynx, specifically the thyroid cartilage or Adam’s apple, as well as one fracture on the left hyoid bone above the Adam’s apple, Baden told Fox News.

    “Those three fractures are extremely unusual in suicidal hangings and could occur much more commonly in homicidal strangulation,” Baden, who is also a Fox News contributor, said.

    While there’s not enough information to be conclusive yet, the three fractures were “rare,” said Baden, who's probed cases involving O.J. Simpson, President John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King, record producer Phil Spector, New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez and many others.

    “I’ve not seen in 50 years where that occurred in a suicidal hanging case,” the 85-year-old medical legend told Fox News.

    Baden, who's examined more than 20,000 bodies and hosted HBO's "Autopsy," explained that if a person weighed 120 pounds and their head weighed 10 pounds, there would be 110 pounds of pressure on the neck at the jaw during a hanging. But, if someone put a hand around a person's neck and squeezed, that could double or even triple the pressure on the neck, Baden said.

    There were also hemorrhages in Epstein’s eyes that were common in homicidal strangulation and uncommon, though not unheard of, in suicidal hangings, the forensic pathologist said.

    “The prominent hemorrhage in the soft tissues of the neck next to the fractures is evidence of a fresh neck compression that could have caused the death,” Baden said.

    Baden stressed his independent study was not complete. “The investigation is not completed until all the information has come in,” he said.

    Epstein was found hanging in his prison cell at the high-security Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan and was later declared dead, investigators said.

    Prosecutors alleged that the previously convicted sex offender paid girls as young as 14 hundreds of dollars for massages before he molested them in his homes in New York and Palm Beach, Fla., between 2002 and 2005. He was awaiting trial in federal prison, thus federal agencies -- presumably the FBI and Justice Department -- had jurisdiction over the investigation into his death, Baden explained.

    He said it was unknown to him and the Epstein family what work the feds may have done and what results they might have.

    The ligature, or item used to tie something tightly, allegedly was made from a sheet that had been twisted and put around Epstein’s neck, Baden said. Evidence on the cloth material could help prove whether or not someone else was involved in Epstein's death.

    “Whoever it is would have their DNA all over the ligature,” he said. “We don’t have those results yet,” he added, saying those results “should be reported quickly to give an idea and lessen the speculation.”

    “No matter how cynical I get, I just can't keep up.” – Lily Tomlin.

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