In the aftermath of Jeffrey Epstein’s death, Attorney General William Barr said there have been “serious irregularities” found at the Metropolitan Correctional Center surrounding Epstein’s death. This list continues to lengthen as it is now being reported that at least one of the cameras positioned outside of Jeffrey Epstein’s prison cell has unusable footage.
According to the Washington Post, who cites “three people briefed on the evidence,” the footage is flawed or altered in such a way that investigators cannot use it.
Per the report, the new discovery is already being investigated by the FBI and others in the Justice Department:
The footage is considered critical to those inquiries, and the revelation of an unusable recording is yet another of the apparent failures inside the Metropolitan Correctional Center, the short-staffed Bureau of Prisons facility in downtown Manhattan that held Epstein.
It’s unclear whether the flaw in the taping affected a limited duration of the footage or whether it was a chronic problem in the beleaguered Manhattan facility.
A Bureau of Prisons spokesman declined to comment, as did spokespeople for the FBI, the Justice Department and the U.S. attorney’s office in Manhattan.
The people who spoke about the footage did so on the condition of anonymity, citing the ongoing probe.
Epstein was found dead in his New York prison cell on August 10 amid an ongoing investigation into charges of sex trafficking and abuse of minor girls. As Epstein was well-connected, the court hearings were likely to expose other co-conspirators that participated in or helped Epstein carry out nefarious activities on Epstein’s private island in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The Washington Post reports that prosecutors are dropping all charges against Epstein due to his death:
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Prosecutors have since moved to drop the charges against Epstein — although they continue to investigate those who might have conspired with him. A federal judge has scheduled a hearing for Tuesday to consider the matter and has indicated that those who say Epstein victimized them will be allowed to speak in court.
Meanwhile, there has been intense scrutiny of the federal facility where he was held, which did not follow its protocol in the handling of Epstein in several ways, officials have said.
Epstein should have been checked on every 30 minutes in the jail’s special housing unit, though it had been several hours since the last check when he was discovered as staff members delivered breakfast. Investigators are exploring whether logs were falsified to indicate checks had occurred when they had not, a person familiar with the matter said.