Though Jeffrey Epstein’s death means there won’t be a trial for his sex trafficking charges, his alleged victims will still have their day in court.
NBC News reports that U.S. District Judge Richard Berman scheduled a hearing for Tuesday to address the charges against Epstein, who was awaiting trial on federal sex trafficking charges when he died of an apparent suicide in his Manhattan jail cell.
According to the report, prosecutors had requested that Berman drop the case against Epstein following his sudden death, and the judge determined that Epstein’s accusers should still have an opportunity to address the allegations.
“The public may still have an informational interest in the process by which the prosecutor seeks dismissal of an indictment,” Berman reportedly said.
The hearing, set for a Manhattan courtroom, is expected to draw up to 30 accusers. Prosecutors and Epstein’s lawyers will additionally have an opportunity to speak.
“This case has ended in the most unfortunate way, marking layers of tragedy,” Bradley Edwards, an attorney for some of Epstein’s alleged victims, said in a statement to NBC News.
“However, this hearing has great significance. While it does not provide complete closure, it solidifies the fact that victims are an integral part of the process.”
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