“The victims deserve justice, and they will get it,” Barr said. (David Grunfeld/The Advocate via AP)
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The nonprosecution agreement not only allowed Epstein to plead guilty in 2008 to lesser state charges and serve just 13 months behind bars, it also shielded from prosecution several Epstein associates who allegedly were paid to recruit girls for him.Federal prosecutors in New York, in charging Epstein last month, argued that the non-prosecution agreement is binding only on their counterparts in Florida.Epstein's personal assistant, Sarah Kellen, would call ahead to recruiters in Florida when Epstein was planning a trip to his Palm Beach mansion, the police reports say.Another alleged Epstein recruiter, Haley Robson, received $200 payments each time she escorted a new "masseuse" to Epstein's home, according to police reports.Lawyers for those potential defendants are likely to seize on wording in Epstein's nonprosecution agreement that appears to tie the hands of the entire Justice Department when it comes to indicting co-conspirators, said David Weinstein, a former federal prosecutor in Miami who has followed the case closely.He noted that the agreement states that "the United States" -- not a specific prosecutor's office -- agreed not to charge anyone who assisted Epstein.
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