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Governor DeSantis signs bill to allow release of Jeffrey Epstein grand jury documents

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday signed a bill authorizing the release of grand jury testimony in the 2006 case of late pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

The bill, in effect, authorizes the release of grand jury testimony for all such similar cases, DeSantis noted during a news conference at the Palm Beach Police Department.

“There were a lot of questions about what happened when you had a love affair,” he said, according to the Sentinel of the Sunreferring to allegations that Epstein had received light treatment in his 2006 sexual abuse case.

“The reality is that the investigation was blocked because you didn't have access to the grand jury materials. I agree that there needs to be a mechanism in these rare circumstances where people can get the truth so that we can seek justice,” he said. add.

Two of Epstein's victims, Haley Robson and Jena-Lisa Cordovez, attended the press conference and expressed gratitude to DeSantis for signing the bill.

“This is not something we should forget. This is not something to sweep under the carpet,” Robson said. “Many of us are still in therapy. We are still trying to survive. I cannot express how grateful I am for this bill. I never thought this would be in our cards.”

Palm Beach County Clerk of Court Joseph Abruzzo was also in attendance.

“How did he do it [Epstein] get such a cherished deal?” asked the Abruzzos rhetorically. “There are so many unanswered questions about what happened. Making these records public is a necessary step toward full transparency for victims and the public.”

The bad news is that the bill the governor signed Thursday won't go into effect until July 1, months from now.

But there is more.

In accordance with The Palm Beach Boyminutes after DeSantis signed the bill into law, “Circuit Judge Luis Delgado issued an order not to release any of the documents detailing what happened when a Palm Beach County grand jury in 2006, considering the first charges criminal charges against Epstein, appeared. with only one: soliciting a prostitute.”

Abruzzo, for his part, believes he knows why Delgado issued the controversial sentence.

“A logical explanation for the ruling would be to wait until the new law goes into effect so that there is no ambiguity, that Judge Delgado has full discretion over the release of the records,” he said.

The news comes weeks after a dozen of Epstein's victims sued the FBI for its “repeated and continued failures, delays and inactions” regarding Epstein's eventual, albeit rather belated, indictment in 2019 .

“For more than two decades, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (hereinafter “FBI'') allowed Jeffrey Epstein to traffic and sexually abuse numerous children and young women by failing to do the job the American people expected of him and that the FBI's rules and regulations required: investigate the reports, tips and evidence he had of rampant sexual abuse and sex trafficking by Epstein and protect the young women and children who were victims of it. lawsuit reads.

“Jeffrey Epstein's penchant for teenage girls was an open secret in high society in Palm Beach, Florida and Manhattan's Upper East Side, which the FBI ignored. Epstein orchestrated an illegal sex-trafficking ring legal for the elite and the FBI did not properly investigate the abuse, did not interview the victims, did not investigate the crimes and did not follow routine procedures or provide assistance to victims despite credible reports and tips,” the demand keep on.

The victims are reportedly seeking unspecified damages in addition to the FBI not redacting Epstein's documents.

“The filing of this lawsuit is the first step in getting to the bottom of what we recently learned: that for years the FBI negligently failed to act on clear evidence that Jeffrey Epstein was operating a vast sex abuse operation and network of sex trafficking, as you allege,” Jennifer Plotkin and Nathan Werksman, attorneys for the victims, said in a statement. “This failure caused untold harm to our customers.”

It wasn't until 2008 that Epstein was finally arrested, thrown in jail for 13 months and forced to register as a sex offender. But even after that, the FBI continued to receive tips about his behavior but predictably refused to act on them.

“From 2009 to 2019, the FBI was complicit in enabling the child sex trafficking, rape, and sexual abuse of girls and young women that occurred between New York, Palm Beach, and the U.S. Virgin Islands United, and many other places,” the demand. said

It wasn't until 2019 that Epstein was finally indicted on federal charges of running a sick and underage sex trafficking ring.


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