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(91,593 posts)
Fri Dec 31, 2021, 12:24 AM Dec 2021

U.S. ends case against Jeffrey Epstein's jail guards


NEW YORK, Dec 30 (Reuters) - U.S. prosecutors decided to end their criminal case against two Manhattan jail guards who admitted to falsifying records on the night the financier Jeffrey Epstein killed himself on their watch.

In a Thursday filing in Manhattan federal court, prosecutors asked a judge to dismiss claims against Tova Noel and Michael Thomas, after both complied with the six-month deferred prosecution agreements they agreed to in May.

Epstein was found hanging in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center on Aug. 10, 2019, while awaiting trial for sex trafficking, in what New York City's medical examiner called a suicide.

Noel and Thomas were accused of falling asleep and surfing the internet that night rather than checking on Epstein every 30 minutes.

No conspiracy?

Progressive Jones

(6,011 posts)
2. With the Greaselane Maxwell trial over, this cover-up is no longer necessary.
Fri Dec 31, 2021, 12:38 AM
Dec 2021

Apparently, nobody connected to Epstein's hit was compromised. These guards are no longer needed as props.


(41,500 posts)
16. The plea deal predates the Maxwell trial by seven months
Fri Dec 31, 2021, 02:15 PM
Dec 2021

The prosecutors and the defendants reached a deal in April 2021, approved by the presiding judge in May, to defer prosecution for six months and then to drop the prosecution if certain conditions were met during that period, including supervision by the Pretrial Services Office, community service, and cooperation with the prosecution.


(13,937 posts)
3. No accountability, no resolution, no transparency... Nothing to see here, move along, believe what
Fri Dec 31, 2021, 12:38 AM
Dec 2021

you've been told.

Whose interests are served by this exactly?


Effete Snob

(8,387 posts)
4. Here they come...
Fri Dec 31, 2021, 12:57 AM
Dec 2021

Yep. Only two guards were the only people who could have seen anyone come or go in the entire building.


(13,438 posts)
6. well, I have been spreading what Snopes says is unconfirmed information.
Fri Dec 31, 2021, 01:13 AM
Dec 2021

That Barr visited Epstein in his cell some time before the "suicide."

Snopes says the source is not reliable.


(53,094 posts)
7. I'll bet those two guards are gonna be harassed for years to come
Fri Dec 31, 2021, 08:25 AM
Dec 2021

I just hope the Mossad wet team paid them fairly for their troubles


Effete Snob

(8,387 posts)
9. So, you think Obama-hire Nicholas Roos is in on it?
Fri Dec 31, 2021, 12:18 PM
Dec 2021

The prosecution team in this case is:

Nicolas Roos
United States Attorney's Office, SDNY
Designation: Assistant US Attorney

Rebekah Allen Donaleski
Designation: Assistant US Attorney

Jessica Rose Lonergan
Designation: Retained

Let's talk about them for a minute, and you let me know why you think they are corrupt.

1. Roos

Roos was also lead attorney for prosecuting Steve Bannon, Lev Parnas, Igor Fruman and Michael Cohen. He joined the Justice Department in June 2016, during the Obama administration. That was obviously a clever move for him, since Eric Holder was a deep-cover mole for child molestation rings.

2. Donaleski

She's head of the public corruption unit of the SDNY and leading the SDNY investigation into Rudy Giuliani:


Edward Diskant, who has been a prosecutor at the office for nine years, is set to be replaced as public corruption chief by Rebekah Donaleski, one of the prosecutors who has been leading the Giuliani investigation, the person said.


The Giuliani investigation, which began more than two years ago, escalated late last month as federal agents executed search warrants on his Manhattan home and office.

So, I guess we all know where that one is going to end up.

3. Lonergan

In August, Lonergan left the DoJ to join the firm of Wilson Sonsini. Her history up that point is summarized here:


Prior to joining the firm, Jessica spent more than 10 years as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. In this position, she led more than 175 grand jury investigations and prosecutions involving bribery, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations, bank and wire fraud, frauds against the government, tax evasion, labor union fraud, racketeering, money laundering, and narcotics trafficking. In addition, Jessica conducted nine criminal jury trials and briefed and argued numerous successful appeals in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

Previously, Jessica served as a law clerk to the Honorable Julio M. Fuentes in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. She also clerked for the Honorable Jan E. DuBois in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Fuentes was appointed by Clinton, and DuBois was appointed by Reagan.

What do you suppose was the tab for buying off all three of them?


(41,500 posts)
11. The dismissal is the result of a plea agreement reached in April
Fri Dec 31, 2021, 12:51 PM
Dec 2021

Under the "deferred prosecution" agreement, the defendants agreed to perform community service and to meet other conditions, including six months supervision by Pretrial Services. A long list of folks had to sign off on this plea deal, including Pretrial Services and the acting US Attorney and, of course, the judge (an Obama appointee).

Apparently the defendants met the conditions of the deal and thus, pursuant to the agreement, the prosecution was dropped.


(41,500 posts)
15. They were suspended without pay initially.
Fri Dec 31, 2021, 02:00 PM
Dec 2021

Firing them required going through process governed by their union agreement. I can't state for certain that happened, but I think it i highly likely that it did.

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