This is not a good beginning.
Americans who immediately suspected a cover-up was in the works when news of financier Jeffrey Epstein’s reported suicide behind bars broke on Saturday are getting more ammunition from early results of the investigation.
And it doesn’t look good for Epstein’s guards, either.
According to The New York Times, two staff members of the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan falsified logs from the night of Epstein’s death to show that they had made the required checks of the prisoner’s cell.
Epstein, who was in a special housing unit and facing sex trafficking charges, should have been checked every 30 minutes in the overnight hours, according to The Times.
Instead, the story now is that two guards were literally asleep on duty for about three hours — then falsified their logs to cover it up, The Times reported.
Meanwhile, according to The Associated Press, surveillance video from the night in question shows the guards didn’t make their required rounds.
According to The Times, both guards were on overtime during the shift. (Which means if they were sleeping, they were doing it for overtime pay.)
If they weren’t making their required rounds, and doctoring records to indicate otherwise, there’s really no way of knowing exactly what they were doing on the night of Epstein’s death.
Falsifying the logs could constitute a federal crime, according to The Times. Both guards were placed on administrative leave.
MCC’s warden when Epstein died has been reassigned, The Times reported. Reuters identified the warden as Lamine N’Diaye, who was formerly head of the Bureau of Prisons office of internal affairs.
News of the latest twist in the already-twisted Epstein affair was greeted with understandable skepticism.
After all, it’s coming amid other revelations, such as the fact that Epstein had been left alone in his cell because his cellmate had been transferred on Friday, the day before his death.
— ThatGirlAtTheParty (@tgatp) August 14, 2019
There was never going to be a simple resolution of the Epstein case.
The accusations — of sexually abusing and trafficking young girls — are too outrageous.
But when the investigation into Epstein’s apparent suicide starts by revealing a cover-up of the most basic information about guard duty on the dead man, it’s not a good beginning at all.
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