A courtroom sketch of Jeffrey Epstein during a bail hearing (Reuters)
July 18, 2019
Multimillionaire financier Jeffrey Epstein was denied bail Thursday pending trial on child sex-trafficking charges.
“Starting with my conclusions, the government’s application for continued remand is hereby granted and the defense’s application for pretrial release is respectfully hereby denied,” Manhattan federal Judge Richard Berman said at the start of a hotly anticipated hearing.
“The government has established danger to others and to the community by clear and convincing evidence, and the government has established a risk of flight by a preponderance of evidence.”
Epstein, 66, had his hands folded on the table in front of him and showed no emotion as Berman announced his ruling.
At one point, the convicted pedophile — who wore a dark blue prison outfit and red sneakers — raised a hand to adjust his glasses as Berman summarized the reasons for keeping him locked up in Lower Manhattan’s infamous Metropolitan Correctional Center.
Berman cited Monday’s “compelling testimony” by accusers Annie Farmer and Courtney Wild, neither of whom was present on Thursday, as well as “evidence of intimidation and threats, and compensation paid to potential witnesses.”
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