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Prosecutors, Lawyers Say Case Turns to Epstein's Enablers

Attorney says defendant had already 'paid his debt to society'
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 10, 2019 5:00 PM CDT
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New York City medical examiner personnel leave their vehicle and walk to the Manhattan Correctional Center where Jeffrey Epstein died.   (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

(Newser) – Federal prosecutors say their investigation into allegations of sex trafficking by Jeffrey Epstein isn't over. In fact, U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman urged any victims who have not contacted authorities to do so now, the AP reports. His statement said that Epstein, who was found dead in his jail cell Saturday, faced a conspiracy charge. That could mean that other people still could face prosecution. An attorney for Epstein said Saturday that he had "long since paid his debt to society." Marc Fernich blamed the media, court officials and the lawyers involved in the case for Epstein's death, saying they have "blood on their hands."

Lawyers for Epstein’s accusers said they'll continue to press their cases against any accomplices in his sexual abuse of underage girls. "There’s a whole network that enabled him and allowed this to happen," Kimberly Lerner told the Washington Post, "and it’s time that everyone who was a part of this be held accountable." Lerner represents Jennifer Araoz, who said Epstein raped her when she was 15. She issued a statement Saturday. "We have to live with the scars of his actions for the rest of our lives, while he will never face the consequences of the crimes he committed the pain and trauma he caused so many people," Araoz said. "Epstein is gone, but justice must still be served." (Epstein's death will be investigated.)

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