Gov DeSantis signs bill to allow the release of Jeffrey Epstein grand jury documents

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday signed a bill authorizing the release of the grand jury testimony in deceased pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s 2006 case.

The bill, in fact, authorizes the grand jury testimony release for all such similar cases, DeSantis noted during a press conference at the Palm Beach Police Department.

“There were a lot of questions about what happened where you had a sweetheart deal,” he said, according to the Sun Sentinel, referencing accusations that Epstein had been given lightweight treatment in his sex abuse 2006 case.

“The reality is the investigation was stymied because you didn’t have access of the grand jury materials. I agree there needs to be a mechanism in these rare circumstances where people should be able to get the truth so we can pursue justice,” he added.

Two of Epstein’s victims, Haley Robson and Jena-Lisa Cordovez, reportedly attended the press conference and expressed gratitude toward DeSantis for signing the bill.

“This is not something we should be forgetting about. This is not something to be sweeping under the rug,” Robson said. “A lot of us are still in therapy. We’re still trying to survive. I can’t express the gratitude I have for this bill. I never thought this would be in our cards.”

Palm Beach County Clerk of Courts Joseph Abruzzo also attended.

“How did he [Epstein] get such a sweetheart deal?” Abruzzo rhetorically asked. “There are so many unanswered questions about what happened. Making these records public is a necessary step for full transparency for the victims and for the public.”

The bad news is that the bill the governor signed into law Thursday won’t actually go into effect until July 1st, months away.

But there’s more.

According to The Palm Beach Boy, minutes after DeSantis signed the bill, “Circuit Judge Luis Delgado issued an order not to make public any of the documents detailing what happened when a Palm Beach County grand jury in 2006, in considering the first-ever criminal charges against Epstein, came up with only one — soliciting a prostitute.”

Abruzzo for his part believes he knows why Delgado issued the controversial ruling.

“A logical explanation for the ruling would be to wait until the new law takes effect so there’s no ambiguity, that Judge Delgado has full discretion over the release of the records,” he said.

This development comes weeks after a dozen of Epstein’s victims sued the FBI over its “repeated and continued failures, delays and inactions” as it pertains to Epstein’s eventual, though quite late, indictment in 2019.

“For over two decades, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (hereinafter ‘FBI’) permitted Jeffrey Epstein to sex traffic and sexually abuse scores of children and young women by failing to do the job the American people expected of it and that the FBI’s own rules and regulations required: investigate the reports, tips, and evidence it had of rampant sexual abuse and sex trafficking by Epstein and protect the young women and children who fell victim to him,” the lawsuit reads.

“Jeffrey Epstein’s penchant for teenage girls was an open secret in the high society of Palm Beach, Florida and the Upper East Side of Manhattan which was disregarded by the FBI. Epstein orchestrated an illegal sex trafficking ring for the elite and the FBI failed to adequately investigate the abuse, failed to interview the victims, failed to investigate the crimes and did not follow routine procedure or offer victim assistance notwithstanding credible reports and tips,” the lawsuit continues.

The victims are reportedly seeking unspecified damages in addition to the un-redacting of the FBI’s Epstein documents.

“The filing of this lawsuit is the first step to getting to the bottom of what we have recently learned – that for years the FBI negligently failed to act on clear evidence that Jeffrey Epstein was operating a vast sex abuse operation and sex trafficking ring, as alleged,” Jennifer Plotkin and Nathan Werksman, attorneys for the victims, said in a statement. “That failure resulted in incalculable harm to our clients.”

Not until 2008 was Epstein finally arrested, tossed into prison for 13 months, and forced to register as a sex offender. But even after this, the FBI continued to receive tips about his behavior yet predictably refused to act on them.

“From 2009 until 2019, the FBI was complicit in permitting the ongoing sex trafficking of minors, rape and sexual abuse of girls and young women which occurred between New York, Palm Beach and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and many other locations,” the lawsuit said.

Only in 2019 was Epstein finally indicted on federal charges of running a sick, underage sex-trafficking ring.

Vivek Saxena

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