jQuery Slider

You are here

Did Jeffrey Epstein Escape Justice? The Headlines Say So, But Final Judgment Is Never Escaped

Did Jeffrey Epstein Escape Justice? The Headlines Say So, But Final Judgment Is Never Escaped

By ALBERT MOHLER
https://albertmohler.com/2019/08/12/briefing-8-12-19
Aug. 12, 2019

The astounding headline broke early on Saturday morning financier, Jeffrey Epstein had committed suicide in a New York jail cell. As the Associated Press reported, "The FBI and U.S. Inspector General's office will investigate how Jeffrey Epstein died in an apparent suicide while the probe into sexual abuse allegations against the well-connected financier remained steadfast." The story continues, "Epstein, accused of orchestrating a sex-trafficking ring and sexually abusing dozens of underage girls, had been taken off suicide watch before he killed himself in a New York jail. Attorney General William Barr on Saturday in announcing the investigation said he was appalled to learn of Epstein's death while in federal custody."

The attorney general said, "Mr. Epstein's death raises serious questions that must be answered." Indeed, there are many questions. Looking at this story, it's important to realize the timeline. We're talking about a man who had been arrested just in recent weeks on renewed charges of sex-trafficking and the sexual abuse of women including underage women.

The story brings together the intersection of power and crime and sin and celebrity and wealth and politics. Lots of all, especially lots of money, especially in the initial reports. Jeffrey Epstein was worth hundreds of millions of dollars. He owned one of the largest homes in Manhattan. He also owned a private island that became very key to the story when it is accused now by federal authorities that that private island was used for the sex-trafficking and assignations with underage women.

It is also very clear that Jeffrey Epstein had very powerful friends. Some of them appeared to at least have some idea of the dark actions in Jeffrey Epstein's life and yet many continued to maintain those relationships. He appears to have bought influence in some of the most powerful institutions in American life, institutions including Harvard University. There are so many photographs of Jeffrey Epstein with the powerful, the well-to-do, the influential, of course, the rich, but also many people in elite establishments in national and international life, most importantly in the east coast elite. Some of those photographs and some of those very public connections came before and after Epstein had entered into a now infamous plea agreement with law enforcement officials for having sex with underage minors.

By the time the new sex-trafficking allegations and charges were brought against Epstein, he was at the center of what was described as a ring, a sex-trafficking ring, both for himself and for his powerful friends. In the headlines in the days just before his suicide, there were reports of the fact that Epstein had this almost doctor strange love, almost science fiction plan to share his own genes with humanity through means not to be described on this program.

Any number of very famous and influential figures were trying to distance themselves as fast as they could from Epstein, and many had reason to believe that even if no charges were made against them, the mention of their name or some kind of narrative in the course of the trial of Jeffrey Epstein could expose them to what could charitably be described as very negative publicity. Almost immediately, there was a moral response to the news of the suicide. The most immediate response in the mainstream media was the fact that Epstein had cheated justice.

The editorial board of the New York Times released a statement that said, "By apparently committing suicide in his Manhattan jail cell on Saturday morning, Jeffrey Epstein spared himself a lengthy trial that could have sent him to prison for the rest of his life on federal sex-trafficking charges."

They went on to report upon the investigation after the suicide announced by the attorney general and the Justice Department. The editors went on to say, "While Mr. Epstein will never face a legal reckoning, the investigations into his crimes and those of others connected to him must continue. His premature death shouldn't stop law enforcement authorities from finishing the job they finally took up seriously years after they should have."

The editors then made this statement, "The evidence against Mr. Epstein was overwhelming even more than a decade ago, but he evaded serious punishment then thanks to a plea deal with federal prosecutors who later suggested they were too intimidated by Epstein's legal team to seek more appropriate sanctions."

One of the things to note here is that this is an editorial by the editorial board of the New York Times, but the reality is that the Times and other major American media were largely unconcerned about Jeffrey Epstein until just the last several months. That may point, if nothing else to Epstein's success in ingratiating himself with so many.

The main point of the New York Times editorial was that even though Jeffrey Epstein has evaded justice, the reality is that there are others who are likely to be implicated in an ongoing investigation that they demand should move forward, and indeed all the way to a successful conclusion. Keep in mind the headline of the editorial, "Jeffrey Epstein is Dead, His Victims Still Deserve Justice."

Subscribe
Get a bi-weekly summary of Anglican news from around the world.
comments powered by Disqus
Prayer Book Alliance
Trinity School for Ministry

Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee

Drink Coffee

Do Good

Sustainable Ministry

Coffee, Community, Social Justice

DrinkCoffeeDoGood.com

Go To Top