Jeffrey Epstein asks to be released on bail while awaiting sex trafficking trial

Epsteins lawyers claim he has been a law-abiding citizen following his 2008 guilty plea to state-level prostitution charges Disgraced American financier Jeffrey Epstein has asked a federal judge to release him on bail and allow him to remain under house arrest as he awaits trial on charges of sex trafficking underage girls as young as 14 years old. In a filing in federal court in Manhattan on Thursday, Epsteins lawyers argued that home confinement, along with electronic monitoring, surveillance and a bond secured by a mortgage on his $77m Manhattan mansion, would be enough to ensure he does not flee the country. His lawyers said Epstein has been a law-abiding citizen following his 2008 guilty plea to state-level prostitution charges. …

Trump ‘feels badly’ for labor secretary amid calls for resignation over Epstein case

Alexander Acosta accused of helping Jeffrey Epstein, charged with sex trafficking, escape justice 10 years ago by securing a plea deal Donald Trump on Monday defended his labor secretary, Alexander Acosta, from accusations that he helped Jeffrey Epstein, the financier escape justice 10 years ago. Then, Epstein was suspected of similar crimes in Florida, where Acosta was a top federal prosecutor. I feel very badly actually for secretary Acosta because Ive known him as being somebody that works so hard and has done such a good job, said Trump, who previously called Epstein a terrific guy. I feel very badly about that whole situation. But were going to be looking at that, and looking at it very closely. Epstein was …