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Epstein death will prompt harsh scrutiny of New York jail

Christian Berthelsen, Bob Van Voris and David Voreacos, Bloomberg News on

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Epstein, who was being held without bail, faced life in prison if he was convicted. He pleaded not guilty last month, and his lawyers have argued that prosecutors in Manhattan were barred from bringing the case because of the agreement in Florida. They were expected to file a dismissal motion.

Now, with Epstein's death, the government will be required to dismiss the charges itself.

Marc Fernich, one of Epstein's lawyers, said in an emailed statement that there's "plenty of blame to go around" for the "unthinkable tragedy" of Epstein's death -- among them, prosecutors, politicians, judges, jailers, plaintiffs' lawyers and the media.

"I call for a full investigation into the circumstances surrounding Mr. Epstein's death. The public needs to know exactly what happened and why -- and how his custodians could have let it occur," Fernich said.


(Patricia Hurtado, Erik Larson and Chris Dolmetsch contributed to this report.)

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