No idea where the "Joseph' in the title came from. I hope it's not a statement on WAPO's quality control.
By Matt Zapotosky,
WASHINGTON – The Justice Department office that handles employee discipline has opened an investigation into whether attorneys committed “professional misconduct” in allowing a well-connected millionaire to spend just over a year in jail to resolve allegations that he molested dozens of young girls.
The department revealed the investigation Wednesday in a letter from Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd to Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., who has questioned how the department handled its inquiry of financier Jeffrey Epstein.
Epstein’s case had been the subject of an investigation by the Miami Herald, which detailed how then-U.S. Attorney Alex Acosta, now President Donald Trump’s labor secretary, shelved a 53-page indictment that could have put Epstein behind bars for life.
Epstein, who counts among his friends Trump and former president Bill Clinton, assembled a high-powered legal team to address the allegations he faced. Ultimately, he pleaded guilty in 2008 only to state charges of soliciting prostitution. Victims told the Herald they felt betrayed by the arrangement.
The department’s newly announced investigation is likely to be of limited consequence. According to Boyd’s letter, it is being handled by the Office of Professional Responsibility, which explores allegations of employee wrongdoing. The office’s findings, at worst, typically result in employees being fired, and they are not usually made public, though Boyd wrote to Sasse that the office would “share the results with you at the conclusion of its investigation as appropriate.” It is possible, even likely, the investigation could drag on so long that Acosta, already outside the Justice Department, would by then be out of government entirely.
In a statement, Sasse said: “The victims of Epstein’s child sex trafficking ring deserve this investigation – and so do the American people and the members of law enforcement who work to put these kinds of monsters behind bars. Parents should be grateful for the men and women at the DOJ who are committed to transparency and accountability and for the soon-to-be Attorney General who is committed to pursuing justice.”
A representative for Acosta, who did not respond to requests for an interview for the Herald’s investigation, did not immediately return a message seeking comment for this report.
Martin Weinberg, an attorney for Epstein, said in a statement that Epstein’s plea was “fairly negotiated by experienced teams of attorneys representing each party.”
“It was anything but a sweetheart deal,” Weinberg said. “And it was carefully and fully reviewed not only by senior prosecutors within the Southern District of Florida Office but also at multiple levels of the Department of Justice in D.C.”
The government, he said, “avoided litigation risks including the risks of an acquittal and Mr. Epstein went to jail, served a period of probation, lived up to each and every obligation under the Agreement, and has fully conformed his conduct to the law for well over 10 years.”
Epstein had his own suite in jail and was allowed out everyday to go to his office to 'work'. Don't know why anybody would think that's a sweetheart deal? Sheesh.
Sara Molina, ex-girlfriend of rapper 6ix9ine and the mother of his three-year-old daughter, has claimed multiple instances of physical abuse and at least one of sexual abuse in an interview with the Daily Beast.
Molina claims that during a trip to Dubai in October, 6ix9ine, who also goes by Tekashi 6ix9ine and whose birth name is Daniel Hernandez, “started beating me for two hours straight,” during a dispute regarding her communication with his then-manager Kifano “Shotti” Jordan.
“He punched me so hard in my right ear I thought I was deaf,”said Molina, who also claimed that the rapper kicked and choked her. Prior to that, she says, he admitted he’d had sex with “more than 70 other women in the past year, resulting in multiple pregnancies,” and “had acquired multiple STDs.”
Molina says that after a period of sleep following the beating, “He woke up, forced me to have sex with him. I cried.”
Molina, who provided multiple pictures of her marked and swollen face to the Beast, said she was covered in bruises as a result of the abuse, and that her eyes were swollen and blackened.
She also described an incident in April, in which 6ix9ine beat her in a car in front of her daughter. She said in August, after she asked him about a stripper he supposedly had been hanging out with, “He dragged me by my hair and slapped me in my face,” causing a black eye, she says.
Additionally, the following month:
...Tekashi issued from long distance eviction orders that landed Molina and their daughter on the street in early morning darkness. She ended up back in Williamsburg at a hotel, and that saved her and Saraiyah from being at the apartment when federal agents and cops raided it several days later.
Previously, the rapper pleaded guilty to use of a child in a sexual performance in 2015 for appearing in and posting various videos of a 13-year-old engaged in various levels of sex (in one, according to Assistant District Attorney Sara Weiss at 6ix9ine’s sentencing in October 2018, 6ix9ine was seen fondling the breasts and smacking the butt of the 13-year-old, who was being penetrated by two adult males at the same time—orally and vaginally). He avoided prison time in that case, but is currently in jail on multiple counts of racketeering, conspiracy, firearms offenses and narcotics trafficking. He pleaded guilty to all nine of them last month and, according to TMZ, will be sentenced in January 2020. According to Rolling Stone, he faces 32 years to life in prison.
Which just goes to show you that you don't need a brain to be a rock star, or morals either.