The Miami Herald, which has been doing stellar reporting on this story, has found more evidence on the bizarrely light sentence Jeffrey Epstein was given in 2008 for soliciting prostitution from underage girls. According to the newspaper, “The lawyer for the 16-year-old girl who state prosecutors now say was the victim attached to the mysterious plea deal given to multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein says neither he nor his client was ever informed that it was her case that ended Epstein’s prosecution.”
Disturbingly, the victim alleged brutal sexual assault, which was not made part of the case. Further, the judge seems to have been told, falsely, that the victim and her lawyer were informed about the case. The government side of the case was handled by Alexander Acosta, at the time the U.S. Attorney for Miami. He is currently the secretary of labor. Congressional Democrats have a full plate, but among the many scandals they need to step up pressure to hold Acosta accountable.