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.