Saturday, September 21, 2019

Powerful “John Doe” Begs Judge to Not Unseal Epstein Matter

Someone does not want the latest trove of Epstein documentation unsealed, and is scared enough to have hired a cadre of attorneys to appear in court on this Mr. John Doe’s behalf. According to the NY Post: An anonymous man terrified he’s about to be named in court papers related to Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell’s alleged child sex trafficking ring is begging a judge not to release his name and identities of others accused — because it could tarnish their reputations, according to a surprise motion filed Tuesday. … …“As a non-party to these proceedings, Doe lacks specific knowledge about the contents of the Sealed Materials,” his lawyers wrote to Manhattan federal court judge Loretta Preska. “But it is clear that these materials implicate the privacy and reputational interests of many persons other than the two primary parties to this action, Giuffre and Maxwell.” Sometimes the law proves to be the source of delicious irony. This “non-party” lacks knowledge as to the nature of the documents themselves, but certainly does have the knowledge that he is extremely vulnerable due to past associations with Epstein, and, presumably, a type of relationship that would at least “appear” to be wrong, if not criminal. Does the terrified Mr. John Doe have any other basis to fear the impending release? Something a little more concrete? Why yes: The letter goes on to say a prior judge overseeing the case summarized the still-secret documents as containing a “range of allegations of sexual acts involving Plaintiff and non-parties to this litigation, some famous, some not; the identities of non-parties who either allegedly engaged in sexual acts with Plaintiff or who allegedly facilitated such acts.” Allegations of sexual acts with the Plaintiff (young woman) and non-parties (like possibly “John Doe”), including some engaged in sex acts? Yes, that would certainly tarnish someone’s reputation, though that is how we deal with people who predate on minor girls. If Mr. Doe has been wrongly accused, he cannot hide behind simply stating “I didn’t do it.” The lawsuit is filed, he may not be named, but he will have to deal with the consequences. He is perfectly free to join the lawsuit and fight to clear himself, indeed he can sue the Plaintiff for damages (she is about to become quite wealthy anyway) should he be falsely accused. The stakes couldn’t be higher. The trove of documents set to be released, possibly as early as today, contain 5-10 times more volume than those previously released according to David Boies, the plaintiff’s attorney in this matter. Giuffre claims she was also ordered to sleep with a rotating door of high-powered men, including the late MIT professor Marvin Minsky, former Maine Sen. George Mitchell, ex-New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, money manager Glenn Dubin and lawyer Alan Dershowitz. No one can claim that Epstein was partisan in his dealings, since that list – not in any way proven – includes two prominent Democrats. But, the larger point is that the above names are men already listed within the public domain. None of the men above are “John Doe” (or it is highly unlikely) because it would be unnecessary to file anonymously. The third party “John Doe” is someone yet to be named within documents. It could be near anyone, except for men who were […]

“She Is Not For You”: Epstein Held Trump Back from Young Woman According to...

I cannot believe that an American president can have the type of allegations swirling around this one, and yet be such a craven person that the allegations surprise no one, such that the report barely makes news. This thought occurred to me when thinking about whether to write on this at all. I had a head-shaking moment, having no trouble believing that the NYT reports are unquestionably worthy of investigation, but again, never seem to come back to bite him. This one actually involves a woman, someone over the age of 18, indeed 24 at the time, but the comment sure hits right upon the relationship between Epstein and Trump: While recounting her story, Maria Farmer recalls once seeing Donald Trump in Epstein’s office. She tells the Times that Epstein at one point during the meeting caught Trump “eyeing” her and then abruptly told him, “She’s not for you.” Farmer’s mother, Janice Swain, tells the Times that she recalls Maria telling her about this interaction shortly after it happened. Now, obviously the same comments are made in near every frat, every day, or in one of the clubs in many big cities. So, in isolation, the comment is not problematic, at least not criminally. Of course, I don’t think that any woman “belongs” to any man. This is especially true as the father of a 12 year old girl, four years away from being sixteen. Regardless. The obvious questions springing from the allegation create the problems, both politically and criminally. Since Epstein seems to lay claim to this woman, which women or girls are available “for Trump“? The inference becomes that Trump “gets” women from Epstein, and we know that Epstein often “got” girls under 18. Let us not forget that Epstein was not imprisoned or charged due to trafficking of women that were “of age.” Indeed, even this story involved a 24 year old woman who was “recruited” along with her sixteen year old sister. This small fact increases her credibility, since she could claim a far more incendiary charge by alleging her sister was in the room, too, and the comment applied to both. She did not make such a claim. Speaking of credibility, the woman’s mother states that the woman told her about the interaction at the time, and not as Trump rose up politically. Never get used to this. It is not normal. It is not acceptable in any man. That this involves the president indicts the entire nation as complicit at this point. **** Peace, y’all. Jason    

Jeffrey Epstein Forced A Victim Into A Sham Marriage So His ‘Recruiter’ Could Stay...

If there’s any justice in the universe, Jeffrey Epstein is now rotting in Hell. During his escapades in decades of the sex slavery trade, he forced one young woman to marry another, so that he could better manipulate them both to his purposes, and of course he kept having sex with both of them, after the sham nuptials. People were merely pawns to Epstein, in his personal game of unspeakable ugliness. Daily Beast: Epstein told the young woman, whom he had abused for years starting when she was just 17, that he needed her to marry another girl in his orbit, “a non-United States citizen and recruiter of females for Jeffrey Epstein, to obtain a permanent United States residence so that she could remain in the country to work for him.” He promised to pay the victim $20,000 for the marriage, which the victim desperately needed for a medical surgery. Epstein’s “long-time New York attorney” arranged for the two women to be married, the lawsuit claims. “The ceremony included not only signing the necessary legal paperwork prepared by [the lawyer] but also posing for photographs to give the appearance that the marriage was legitimate.” […] Katlyn Doe’s lawsuit also details the vast network of associates that knew of and assisted Epstein in recruiting and carrying out the sexual abuse. Katyln, like many other young victims, was vulnerable when she met him. She says she suffered from an eating disorder, and that Epstein had implied he would help cure her. Their initial meetings were under the guise of finding proper medical treatment. He promised to pay for surgeries that she would then be indebted to him to repay. […] A second plaintiff, known as “Priscilla Doe” in the brief, says she was just 20 when she was introduced to Epstein through Ghislaine Maxwell, now at the center of the next phase of the investigation into sexual impropriety. Priscilla alleges that Maxwell acted as a sort of sexual instructor, teaching her the “proper way” to pleasure Epstein the way he liked it. Priscilla also alleges that Maxwell personally taught her the “proper way to give a blow job.” She claims that the duo took her passport when she visited him at his U.S. Virgin Islands estate, often referred to as Pedophile Island. […] Priscilla was especially disturbed by what she referred to as “commercial sex acts” she was made to engage in between 2006 and 2012, including during the time when Epstein was in jail in Florida in 2009. The document states that the acts included “the use of sex toys inserted inside Plaintiff, digital penetration, forcible touching and many other sexual acts.” The brief also states that there were many other sex acts the plaintiff was forced to engage in that are “too graphic and perverted to detail in the complaint.” Epstein routinely dehumanized girls and young women for his own pleasure, then would grab a few hundred dollar bills from his drawer and toss them, as if that justified his actions. He was the sociopath’s sociopath. All relationships were transactional and selfish in nature. The supreme irony in it all is that he thought that he was on the top of the world, controlling everyone and everything. It’s doubtful that he ever thought of himself as totally lost, due to his inability […]

NYC Medical Examiner Confirms Jeffrey Epstein Died Of Suicide, Not Homocide

The New York Times broke the news at 1:22 PDT that Jeffrey Epstein did in fact die of suicide, quashing conspiracy theories that he was murdered. The official results of an autopsy showed that the financier Jeffrey Epstein killed himself in his Manhattan jail cell, the city’s medical examiner’s office said on Friday, determining that the cause of death was suicide by hanging. The determination came six days after Mr. Epstein, 66, was found dead in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan, where he was awaiting trial on federal sex trafficking charges. Guards on their morning rounds found Mr. Epstein at about 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, prison officials said. He appeared to have tied a bedsheet to the top of a set of bunk beds, then knelt toward the floor with enough force that he broke several bones in his neck, officials said. As of the time of this writing, still no word on the toxicology screen or the closed-circuit television cameras in the jail.  

Not the Onion: Madame Maxwell Spotted at In ‘n Out in Cal

The Hell? Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein’s one-time girlfriend and alleged co-conspirator, was spotted Monday at an In-N-Out Burger in Universal City, California, of all places. That is not a headline from The Onion. They would write a more plausible but funnier headline. That is from The Daily Beast, and so is this: When a fellow fast-food patron approached Maxwell outside the restaurant to ask if it was indeed her, she reportedly replied “yes I am,” adding, “well, I guess this is the last time I’ll be eating here!” Maxwell, who has been rumored to be laying low in both France and Boston, was found sitting alone outside the chain restaurant, accompanied only by a dog and a book. Her reading material was reportedly The Book of Honor: The Secret Lives and Deaths of CIA Operatives, and onlookers said she did not protest to having her photo taken—even though her location is of great interest to federal prosecutors—and stared directly into the camera. Anyone who has been to California, including my new friend in San Diego, John M. (Happy B-Day, John!) can attest, if YOU are about to be arrested, and face many years in federal custody, there is NO better place to be, just prior, than an In n’ Out Burger. I certainly would do all I could to get in one last Double Double. An In ‘n Out, in the L.A. basin, near star celebrity actors who specialize in blending in with the crowd, reading a book on the U.S. intelligence community? That sounds like our fugitive. I admit, I feel like a fool, having written a fantastic piece laying out why she would be hiding, and why she would be wanting to remain hidden in a Paris mansion, letting her lawyers talk. I didn’t give her sufficient credit. This was genius. Right up until she did not say: “No, my name is Mary Wallace and my husband is a dentist in Fresno, we’re looking at UCLA with my daughter, who should be back any minute.” That was dumb. If you get a next time, try that, Ghislaine. But setting-up under aged teenage girls as a way to milk money from hooked and sick old men was also dumb, madame. Two mistakes. One will get you many years in prison. The other makes it all happen much more quickly. They are damn good cheeseburgers. Not as dumb as some might think **** Peace, y’all. And it’s not an Onion Headline, I have a friend. Happy B-day. Jason  

Meanwhile, Espstein Madame Maxwell Has Disappeared.

Epstein’s madame, Ghislaine Maxwell, is nowhere to be found, at least as of today, according to a story published in the Daily Beast. Police are reportedly scrambling to find the 57-year-old British socialite—and accused madam of deceased sex offender Jeffrey Epstein—as she faces a new lawsuit from one victim who alleges Maxwell gave “organizational support to Epstein’s sex-trafficking ring” and procured “underage girls for Epstein’s sexual pleasure.” Since Epstein’s apparent jail-cell suicide on Saturday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York said their sex-trafficking and conspiracy probe into the multimillionaire’s orbit is ongoing. (In a July court filing, prosecutors said they were investigating “uncharged individuals” in Epstein’s case.) Alright, let’s deal with the 800 lb gorilla right off the top. Just because she cannot be found, does not mean she is either A) Dead, or B) in unreasonable fear of succumbing to death in the near future. Let’s start off with the more reasonable inferences. For one, she is surely not interested in chatting-up just anyone right now. She cannot be sure who her friends might be, and who might want to see her take the entire fall for impending criminal charges. The smartest thing in such a scenario is to hire the most ass-kicking, frothing at the mouth, tailored to the toe, Manhattan defense attorneys in existence, and let them deal with everyone.  Moreover, she’s likely terrified of being arrested any day now by the FBI. Being an “international woman of mystery” who has bopped around the globe with powerful friends, hiding for a time period in some distant land shouldn’t be that hard, although, the article does mention: “Maxwell is not gonna be able to hide,” Boies told The Daily Beast. “There’s no place in the civilized world where she can go and not be found. And unlike Epstein, she does not have the massive resources that would be required to carve out a new life in some obscure place where she cannot be extradited from.” Sure, that is true, and David Boies is 100x the lawyer I will ever be, and he does happen to know the defendant’s financial status probably better than anyone, including the FBI, Boies is richer. But that doesn’t mean that she wouldn’t rather hide in the Swiss countryside while her lawyers carve out some deal by which she hands herself over, with a deal already in-tact, and that the hand-over comes after all the negotiations. That way she avoids all that jailtime awaiting some deal between the U.S. Attorney’s office and her lawyers. To be sure, that would drive the FBI up the damn wall, and any prosecutor worth her bar license will instantly state: “There will be no deal until she gives herself up, and if we find her, we will charge her with obstruction, too, and and and …” And that U.S. Attorney will also be 100x the attorney that I am, which doesn’t mean this isn’t fairly predictable. Maxwell’s attorney’s response to such a proclamation is to listen politely and then quietly state: “She is prepared to testify to hooking up President “B” from Country “A,” Prince Dumbass of the Kingdom of Asshat, and …” This is where it becomes art “And, should she not get the deal we are seeking, she is prepared to testify that she wanted […]

Autopsy Reveals Jeffrey Epstein Had Broken Neck Bones, Consistent With Death By Strangulation

The New York Times reported Tuesday that Jeffrey Epstein purportedly tied a bed sheet to the top bunk in his cell and threw himself forward. Today, however, the results of the autopsy indicate that Epstein had multiple broken bones in his neck. That evidence is consistent with homicidal strangulation rather than suicide by hanging. Washington Post: Among the bones broken in Epstein’s neck was the hyoid bone, which in men is near the Adam’s apple. Such breaks can occur in those who hang themselves, particularly if they are older, according to forensics experts and studies on the subject. But they are more common in victims of homicide by strangulation, the experts said. […] The office of New York City’s chief medical examiner, Barbara Sampson, completed an autopsy of Epstein’s body Sunday. But Sampson listed the cause of his death as pending The details add to the bizarre circumstances surrounding Epstein’s death, which have launched a wave of questions and conspiracy theories about how he could have died in federal custody. Even President Trump has egged on speculation, without evidence, that Epstein — whose alleged victims say they were pushed to have sex with his powerful and celebrity friends — might have been killed to keep him from spilling the secrets of others. […] Jonathan L. Arden, president of the National Association of Medical Examiners, said a hyoid can be broken in many circumstances, but is more commonly associated with homicidal strangulation than suicidal hanging. The coroner’s office is seeking information on Epstein’s condition before his death. Video evidence of the hallway still has not been provided. Also, results of a toxicology screening to see if there were any unusual substances in his body have not been provided. This does deepen the mystery about what happened to Epstein. Again, not jumping down the CT rabbit hole just yet, but this is an interesting development.

NYT: ‘Jeffrey Epstein Death: 2 Guards Slept Through Checks and Falsified Records’

As of Tuesday night, results of Jeffrey Epstein’s autopsy, completed Sunday, have not been released. The coroner only said he “needed more information.” Also, closed-circuit video of the cell block where Epstein was held has not been made available either. Now, the New York Times reports: The two guards who were in the jail unit where Jeffrey Epstein apparently killed himself fell asleep and failed to check on him for about three hours, then falsified records to cover up their mistake, a law enforcement official and a prison official said on Tuesday. Those disclosures came as the two guards were placed on administrative leave and the warden of the jail, the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan, was temporarily reassigned, pending the outcome of the investigation into Mr. Epstein’s death, the Justice Department announced. The two correctional officers in the special housing unit where Mr. Epstein was held — 9 South — falsely recorded in a log that they had checked on the financier, who was facing sex trafficking charges, every 30 minutes, as was required, the officials said. Such false entries in an official log could constitute a federal crime. In fact, the guards had been asleep for some or all of the three hours, the officials said. There is no explanation at this time as to why, six days after Epstein had attempted suicide on July 23, he was taken off of suicide watch. He was returned to his cell, initially with a cellmate, and then the cellmate was removed. He had apparently hanged himself with a bedsheet, likely fastening the sheet to a top bunk and pitching himself forward, law-enforcement and prison officials said. I guess if you’re determined, you can kill yourself that way. An “after-action team” from the Bureau of Prisons is investigating “to determine whether employees and officials followed protocols in the days and weeks before Mr. Epstein died.” So far, it would appear that dereliction of duty is the order of the day in that facility. And maybe that is what was to be expected, even for a high profile prisoner in a controversial case, with national and international dimensions. Again, not to proselytize conspiracy theory, but something sure seems fishy here.

“Their Whole Lives Revolved Around Sex”: Epstein’s “Partner” Faces Scrutiny

English-born daughter of publishing magnet Robert Maxwell, Ghislaine Maxwell, was already a woman sure to be examined closely by the FBI in relation to Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking charges. His death only increases the pressure on Ghislaine, whom, if reports are proven to be accurate, knew of and assisted Epstein in the procurement of children as sex objects for powerful men, including allegations against Prince Andrew from the British Royal Family. Maxwell was romantically linked to Epstein in the early 90s, but then (grew up?) and went on to become Epstein’s “assistant,” an assistant who seemed to specialize in pyramid schemes involving child sex-trafficking. She had best get her black book out, because with Epstein now dead, the only answers as to the breadth of the operation will come from documents already obtained, and from Maxwell herself, who may well have done more than enough to earn herself a lifetime behind bars. She could find herself in need of a deal and a food taster. According to documents unsealed in the Virginia Roberts-Giuthrie civil suit filed against Jeffery Epstein (which will continue on now as a suit against the estate), Giuthrie averred: Along with Epstein, Giuffre claimed Maxwell groomed her to become a “sex slave.” Giuffre alleged that Maxwell directed her to travel and provide sexual services for high-profile men. “There’s a whole bunch of them — it’s just hard for me to remember,” said Giuffre, according to the court filing. “My whole life revolved around just pleasing these men and keeping Ghislaine and Jeffrey happy. Their whole lives revolved around sex.” Ms. Roberts-Giuffre, now aged 36, can be forgiven for “forgetting” just who was with whom, doing what and when. She lived every adolescent girl’s nightmare. But I will bet that I know someone who does know who was with whom and when. Given that it seems the entire Manhattan and Palm Beach social scene knew of Epstein’s sick habits, it would be impossible to believe that anyone both romantically linked to Epstein and then in a “working relationship” with Epstein would not know of and condone the criminal activity, even If Ghislaine is not yet named as a co-conspirator in this matter. Need we also note that as a very rich woman herself, Ghislaine Maxwell may become another focus of plaintiff’s attorneys alleging damage to their clients? Epstein’s death ended only Jeffery Epstein’s criminal liability. The death will likely make getting answers as to his enablers harder to get. However, we all know whom represents the next best source of that information, and whom likely faces the greatest current investigative scrutiny. One best learn how to spell “Ghislaine,” and ready to hold one’s nose upon hearing it. Watch this space as facts evolve. **** Peace, y’all. Jason

“Conspiracy Theory” For Dummies (i.e. Donald Trump)

The Truth Is Out There   The X-Files Did anybody here ever see that 1997 movie “Conspiracy Theory?” In short, it’s about a cab driver (Mel Gibson), who believes that basically everything that happens in the world is a part of a vast conspiracy, most specifically about him. And then it starts to look like secret forces are after him, because one of his theories was actually correct, but in order to save his own life, he has to figure out which theory was the real one. What can I say? It killed two hours. In order to subscribe to most conspiracy theories, you must be able to do two different mental gymnastics tricks at the same time. One, there is no such thing as luck, or blind chance. If it rains on the day you were supposed to go to the ball game, that’s a conspiracy. Specifically, it’s a conspiracy by the other team. They knew that you were coming, and that you were going to wear your lucky jock from high school, the one you wore on the one game that you actually played in, and haven’t washed since, and they were going to get their asses kicked as a result. So they fired up a plane, dusted the clouds, and rained out the game. The second mental contortion is suspending the belief that you might not actually be very good at something. You personally, make Albert Einstein look like Benny HILL, so if one of your intricate, finely tuned plans comes a cropper, of course it’s because of some shadowy cabal who are acting in secret against you. What other reason could there possibly be that you didn’t become rich and famous on that worm farm you started on that primo property in the Mojave Desert? Emperor Numbus Nuttus is a conspiracy theory wonk of the highest order, and has been all of his life. Forget the fact that he spent so much money on schlock and gilt in building his hotel-casinos in Atlantic City that they couldn’t make a profit at 100% occupancy, and a casino ranking out at 120%. It had to be the hidden interests in the hotel and casino industry who were jealous of Trump’s incredible looks and success with women, trying to take him down a peg for invading their turf. And if course Trump never won an Emmy for The Apprentice, the Hollywood glitterazzi were jealous of Trump for living the dream that they could only make come true through fiction on the silver screen. And of course Barack Obama was a Kenyan Marxist, after all, he was younger, more intelligent, better spoken, and more handsome than Trump, which is of course impossible, since he was black. Which is what makes Der Gropinfurors most recent plunge into the turgid waters of dark, malevolent conspiracy theories more than just a little bit confusing. Can you spot the common thread of all of the conspiracy theories posted above, and of all conspiracy theories in general? They all end up working against the best interests of the person positing the conspiracy theory in the first place. In order for it to be a decent conspiracy theory, the conspiracy has to work specifically against the person espousing the conspiracy theory. In other words, the person with the conspiracy theory has to be getting the shit end of the […]

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