Miami billionaire Jeffrey Epstein is back in the news.
It’s been a long time coming, but justice may finally find Jeffrey Epstein.
Billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein was arrested for allegedly sex trafficking dozens of minors in New York and Florida between 2002 and 2005, and will appear in court in New York on Monday, according to three law enforcement sources. The arrest, by the FBI-NYPD Crimes Against Children Task Force, comes about 12 years after the 66-year-old financier essentially got a slap on the wrist for allegedly molesting dozens of underage girls in Florida.
These are federal charges, so Donald Trump does have the power to pardon Epstein, although he may want to keep clear of that for his evangelical base. Of course, Jerry Falwell Jr will probably have no problem finding a rationalization for why it’s perfectly Christian to forgive the rape and trafficking of minors as sex slaves.
This is not the first time Epstein has faced charges. He was convicted of sex trafficking in 2008, but a secret plea agreement with then US Attorney (now Trump Secretary of Labor) Alex Acosta basically gave him the cushiest of sentences and no notice to his more than 30 victims. Just this February, a federal judge found that Acosta acted improperly, but like so much of the Trump administration, there have been no consequences to Acosta.
It’s no news bulletin that rich white guys get the leniency while the poor minorities get the slammer or the needle; that’s the American way. What’s notable about this story is that this is the second time around for Mr. Epstein and the likelihood that he’ll skate is more than just likely.
Oh, and one other thing that’s going to keep him from doing hard time: he was trafficking underage women. If he was dealing out rent boys, he wouldn’t have a friend in the world.