There’s already alot of blame to go around, from Epsteins earlier plea deal to the circumstances leading up to his death, but Epsteins lawyer thinks he was the real victim.
Marc Fernich, an attorney for the late multimillionaire found unresponsive in his jail cell Saturday, said he was outraged and called out a “hysterical” press, “overzealous” lawyers and “pandering politicians” in a statement to Fox News.
“I speak as an outraged citizen and defense lawyer, not as a representative of Jeffrey Epstein’s defense team,” Fernich said. “There seems plenty of blame to go around for this unthinkable tragedy.”
Fernich also said he blamed prosecutors “bent on locking up a presumptively innocent man posing no real danger or flight risk”, as well as “jailers who appear to have recklessly put Mr. Epstein in harm’s way” for his client’s death.
Taking a swipe at the media, Fernich said he also blamed the “breathless reporters” who were “clamoring to recharge Mr. Epstein with dated crimes”.
Epstein was a targeted man
It might come as a surprise to many people, but the women who was sexually abused by Epstein wasn’t the only ones out to get him.
Epstein’s ability to slip away even when those around him are held to account reaches back to well before he’d accumulated any fortune.
The story of Epstein’s first great escape is a tale of financial wizardry and brazen criminality, in which hundreds of thousands of Americans lost their retirement money, their life’s savings, on an investment intended to enrich only its creators.
Steven Hoffenberg, who headed up the investment scheme and spent 18 years in prison because of it, said in an interview with The Washington Post this week that Epstein was “the architect of the scam.” Federal prosecutors agreed. Yet Epstein was never charged. His name, initially included in prosecutors’ descriptions of the scheme, quickly vanished from the record.
Last year, two of the victims in the scam filed suit against Epstein seeking the return of their original investments. Two months later, they dropped their suit.
Mr Hoffenberg’s firm, Towers Financial, started out as a collection agency, buying bills that were owed to other firms and collecting as much of the unpaid debts as it could.
In 1987, Towers began constructing one of the largest frauds in history. By 1993, prosecutors in Illinois and New York who had spent years investigating Mr Hoffenberg’s companies were ready to spell out their findings. In front of a grand jury in Chicago, federal prosecutor Edward Kohler walked Mr Hoffenberg, who had just agreed to cooperate with the government, through the design of the scam.
Later that year Epstein’s name disappeared from the case.
Frail and in ill-health, Mr Hoffenberg says his last goal in life is to reimburse investors who lost money in the Towers scam. He intends to do that with Epstein’s money. “Every dollar Epstein has raised since leaving me has been tainted because everything came from the money he stole in Towers,” Mr Hoffenberg said.
The finances are important
The New York Times reported on Sunday that Epstein’s finances could become a focal point of the remaining investigation. The Wall Street Journal reported Sunday that the Wexner family has been cooperating with the government’s investigation in recent weeks by providing information related to Epstein’s role as their financial adviser.
Since Epstein’s arrest last month in New Jersey, Wexner and his company have been trying to publicly distance themselves from someone whom Wexner had once given power of attorney.