Jeffrey Epstein’s lawyers are reportedly questioning the New York City Chief Medical Examiner’s findings that Epstein died of suicide by hanging in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center.
According to the Associated Press, members of Epstein’s legal team announced on Friday they are planning to further investigate the circumstances of Epstein’s August 10 death. Lawyers Martin Weinberg, Reid Weingarten and Michael Miller appear to be focusing on the apparent irregularities inside the jailhouse in the hours and days leading up to Epstein’s death, saying that it is “indisputable that the authorities violated their own protocols.”
The lawyers are reportedly seeking video footage of the area surrounding Epstein’s cell and indicated in the statement that they will pursue a court order to obtain the “pivotal video,” if necessary.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, there were no cameras pointed directly into Epstein’s cell in the special housing unit where he was being held at the time of this death, but the hallways and other areas near his cell are believed to have been captured by jailhouse cameras.
On July 23, Epstein was found unresponsive with abrasion marks on his neck, and was subsequently placed on suicide watch. He was taken off suicide watch only six days later, reportedly at the behest of his lawyers. Epstein was then placed in a special housing unit where protocol reportedly required that he have a cell mate and that a guard check on him every 30 minutes.
But Epstein was alone and unsupervised in the hours before he was found unresponsive on the morning of August 10. His cell mate had been transferred, possibly just the day before, and had not been replaced. Two guards assigned to check on him failed to do so for three hours — according to multiple reports, they may have fallen asleep; and possibly falsified jail logs claiming that they checked on Epstein when they did not.
According to the Associated Press report, a Justice Department who spoke on the condition of anonymity said that staff at the jail has not been cooperating with an investigation ordered by U.S. Attorney William Barr, and that the FBI has unsuccessfully sought interviews with staff members.
Epstein was arrested on July 5 on federal sex trafficking charges and was awaiting trial when he died.