Epstein Lawyers: ‘We Are Not Satisfied With The Conclusions Of The Medical Examiner’

A New York Medical Examiner's car is parked outside the Metropolitan Correctional Center where financier Jeffrey Epstein was being held, on August 10, 2019, in New York. - Epstein has committed suicide in prison whil... A New York Medical Examiner's car is parked outside the Metropolitan Correctional Center where financier Jeffrey Epstein was being held, on August 10, 2019, in New York. - Epstein has committed suicide in prison while awaiting trial on charges that he trafficked underage girls for sex, officials and media reported Saturday, sparking an FBI investigation. Epstein, a convicted pedophile who befriended numerous politicians and celebrities over the years, was found unresponsive in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center from "an apparent suicide", the US Department of Justice said. (Photo by Don Emmert / AFP) (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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August 17, 2019 4:36 p.m.

Lawyers for Jeffrey Epstein said Friday that they were “not satisfied with the conclusions of the medical examiner” that Jeffrey Epstein had died of suicide by hanging in jail a week ago.

In a statement, Epstein’s lawyers said his defense team “fully intends to conduct its own independent and complete investigation into the circumstances and cause of Mr. Epstein’s death.”

That will include, they wrote, “legal action to view the pivotal videos — if they exist as they should — of the area proximate to Mr. Epstein’s cell during the time period leading to his death.”

In a statement Friday, Dr. Barbara Sampson, chief medical examiner of New York City, said she had determined “after a careful review of all investigative information, including complete autopsy findings” that Epstein had died of suicide by hanging in his cell at Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan.

Before his death, in order to avoid spending time in his cell, Epstein “paid numerous lawyers to visit the jail for as many as 12 hours a day” so that he and the lawyers had access to the private meeting room used for attorney-client visits, the New York Times reported Saturday citing unnamed people who saw the meetings.

On his last day alive, the Times reported, Epstein sat for hours with his lawyers. Overnight, according to the medical examiner, he killed himself by hanging.

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