A judge presiding over a key lawsuit related to pedophile Jeffrey Epstein died suddenly, according to Politico. The death has added yet another twist to the drawn-out legal efforts to unseal the details of Epstein’s conduct–which largely remain under seal.
Manhattan-based U.S. District Court Judge Robert Sweet died on Sunday at the age of 96. He was appointed earlier in his career by former President Jimmy Carter. He worked right up until the time of his death.
Politico reported, “Sweet was assigned to a lawsuit that emerged from the aftermath of Epstein’s controversial plea deal a decade ago, in which he escaped federal charges by pleading guilty to two prostitution-related offenses in state court. Epstein ended up spending 13 months in jail, with daily furloughs that allowed him to work in his office. … The sex trafficking lawsuit that Sweet oversaw pitted one of Epstein’s alleged victims, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, against a longtime friend of Epstein and heir to a newspaper fortune, Ghislaine Maxwell.”
Critics have been harsh on the plea deal, as well as the role of Alexander Acosta–the top prosecutor in Florida who arranged the deal. The general consensus is that the sentence, which involved just a year in jail with 12 hours per day at his private residence, was far too lenient given Epstein’s apparent crimes.
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