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Inside the battle over Jeffrey Epstein’s assets

New York coroner 'confident' Epstein's death was suicide

Epstein, whose suicide in jail over the weekend has outraged his alleged victims, owned an apartment near the Arc de Triomphe in Paris and had been in the city just before his arrest in NY last month.

"I was appalled - and indeed the whole department was - and frankly angry to learn of the MCC's failure to adequately secure this prisoner", Barr said. Barr spoke at a conference for police officers in New Orleans adding, "we are now learning of serious irregularities at this facility that are deeply concerning and demand a thorough investigation".

Last month, Epstein was found unconscious on the floor of his jail cell with marks on his neck, and officials were investigating that incident as a possible suicide or assault.

Prosecutors said Epstein sexually exploited dozens of underage teens, some as young as 14, at his homes in Manhattan and Palm Beach, Florida, between 2002 and 2005.

Epstein had been placed on suicide watch after he was found a little over two weeks ago with bruising on his neck, according to a person familiar with the matter who wasn't authorized to discuss it publicly.

His lawyers maintained that the new charges in NY were covered by the 2008 plea deal and that Epstein hadn't had any illicit contact with underage girls since serving his 13-month sentence in Florida.

Richardson, through a spokeswoman, said that he has "never been to Mr. Epstein's residence in the Virgin Islands", and he "has never met Ms. Giuffre".

Following millionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein's death in custody, questions have been raised over who has a claim to his estate.

Staffing shortages worsened by a partial government shutdown prompted inmates at the New York City jail to stage a hunger strike in January after they were denied family and lawyer visits. "Any co-conspirators should not rest easy".

The person said that the Metropolitan Correctional Center's Special Housing Unit was staffed with one guard working a fifth straight day of overtime and another who was working mandatory overtime. But he was taken off the watch at the end of July and therefore wasn't on it at the time of his death, the person said. Under that 2008 agreement, Epstein pleaded guilty to prostitution-related state charges and served 13 months behind bars.

Prosecutors believe he orchestrated a network of students who were lined up by other young women and then forced to satisfy the hedge fund billionaire's wishes.

When it comes down it, alleged victims and pundits say he escaped justice.

In February, the Justice Department asked the Office of Inspector General to review whether the Bureau of Prisons responded appropriately to a week-long power outage at the facility that left inmates shivering and led defence lawyers to sue over what they described as a "humanitarian crisis". "It was inevitable. Our staff is severely overworked".

The Miami Herald said if a civil forfeiture is filed, a federal judge in a civil court would make a decision based on the prosecution's recount of Epstein's crimes, but using a lower threshold than what's used to determine guilt in criminal cases. In the federal system, suicides are rarer.

Baden was the city's chief medical examiner in the late 1970s and has been called as an expert witness in high-profile cases including by the defence at O.J. Simpson's 1994 murder trial.

The FBI has not officially commented on the raid, but its timing - two days after Epstein was found dead in the Manhattan jail after apparent suicide - has prompted questions.