Jeffrey Epstein, a Case of the Difference Between Justice for the Wealthy and Poor or Something More Nefarious…

Jeffrey Epstein and A Theory We Have Been Running:

Epstein was an Asset of the US Government, His Retreat a Stomping Ground for Diplomats and Wealthy and His Acosta-Negotiated Deal a Reward and… A Prisoner’s Dilemma 

The following is the full text of an article published by Matthew Taylor on 10 December 2018. We have not obtained permissions from the World Socialist Website www.wsws.org, or from Matthew Taylor, the author of the article; so we state in no uncertain terms that this is not intended to act as an endorsement by LM for WSW nor is it intended to allege that they have endorsed this site. 

In his article Taylor speaks of fundamental truths of the US justice system: there is one set of laws for the wealthy and a wholly different set for everyone else. We do not think he is wrong. His entire hypothesis is correct.

The US is a class system, the wealthy live by a wholly different set of rules, standards and judicial systems. Judges can be paid. Ethics, justice, humanity and fundamental fairness be damned when wealth is involved. Lawyers need not know how to navigate the law when they have money to play with and a judicial system for hire. We saw it with Platinum Partners (on a financial crimes basis), we will see it with Weinstein (another sexual predator) and we are seeing it with Epstein. 

Where Taylor falters, however, in our hypothesis is that we maintain there are intervening circumstances in the Epstein case. We don’t believe that he was just a “wealthy person” absent some unique talents and gifts. We do not necessarily attribute his wealth to his great escape from prosecution, at least not exclusively. Epstein, we contend, was a government asset. He is a science nut, a brilliant saboteur, extremely savvy and knows how to manipulate people and situations. He became very valuable, in our analysis, to the US government and with that came the enormity of his wealth, one begetting another.

Epstein’s Lolita Express was a person’s greatest fantasy and the island destination a place to entice negotiations. It is no coincidence that he owned a townhouse that once belonged the US State Department and it is no mere numbers game that the tail numbers of his planes were associated with the tail numbers of US government planes (or so we are told). The same Florida not-for-profit (for-profit) non-existent Florida Science Foundation entity paid for his legal fees and was financed by some of Wall Street’s finest and that, too, is not a game of chance.

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Weinstein Defense Team Falling Apart

Harvey Weinstein, second from right, appeared in court with the attorneys Ron Sullivan, left, and Jose Baez, in New York in January. His former attorney Benjamin Brafman is at right.

Weinstein’s ‘Dream Team’ of Defense Lawyers Falls Apart

In the six months since Harvey Weinstein built his new “dream team” of heavy-hitting lawyers to represent him against sexual assault charges in Manhattan, the movie producer’s carefully selected legal cast has completely fallen apart.

Mr. Weinstein, whose alleged sexual misconduct set in motion the global #MeToo movement, and his first lawyer parted ways in January. He then hired a team that included a former Manhattan prosecutor and three attorneys who had defended celebrities and some of the country’s most vilified defendants.

But one by one, Mr. Weinstein’s new lawyers have bowed out. With less than three months until the trial begins, Jose Baez, one of the producer’s last remaining lawyers, asked a State Supreme Court justice in Manhattan to allow him to withdraw from the case, according to a person with knowledge of the matter, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss private communications.

“Mr. Weinstein has been aware since at least May 15 that it was very unlikely that I would be able to continue on this case,” Mr. Baez said in a letter to Justice James Burke on Friday.

Mr. Baez did not respond to requests for comment on Monday.

Mr. Weinstein formed his team of star lawyers after he parted ways with Benjamin Brafman, a prominent defense lawyer in Manhattan, following weeks of intense arguing.

Mr. Weinstein, 67, faces charges that he raped one woman, who has not been identified, at a Midtown hotel in March 2013, and forced a second woman, Mimi Haleyi, a production assistant, to let him perform oral sex on her at his Manhattan apartment in 2006.

Mr. Weinstein has denied the allegations and has said the sexual encounters were consensual.

Mr. Baez’s request comes weeks after his partner, Ronald S. Sullivan Jr., stepped down, and five days after he had assured the justice he could handle the case.

Mr. Sullivan, a law professor and a faculty dean of an undergraduate house at Harvard University, came under fire by students there for representing Mr. Weinstein.

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Harvey Weinstein Accused Of Sexually Assaulting 16-Year-Old Virgin — peoples trust toronto

One of the latest allegations of sexual assault to emerge against disgraced Hollywood producer (and Clinton and Obama power-donor) Harvey Weinstein is one of the most sickening yet. According to court documents cited by the BBC and New York Post, a former model and actress identified only as Jane Doe is alleging that Weinstein sexually […]

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