Barr says 'irregularities' found at Epstein jail

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The court filing Monday came in a long-running lawsuit against the USA government by women who claim they were not consulted about the 2008 plea deal as required by the federal Crime Victim's Rights Act. The plea deal, which required him to register as a sex offender, also served as a non-prosecution agreement, essentially shutting down an Federal Bureau of Investigation probe which was trying to determine if there were additional victims or other co-defendants. Had Epstein lived, and made it to trial, his attorneys could have filed motions to throw out that evidence.

Epstein died Saturday in what prison officials said was an apparent suicide. He had pleaded not guilty, the Associated Press previously reported. He also had to pay restitution to dozens of victims and register as a sex offender.

Attorney General Bill Barr had some more choice words for the Metropolitan Correctional Facility on Monday, two days after Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in his jail cell.

Barr said Monday he was angry to learn that staffers at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in NY had "failed to adequately secure this prisoner".

The day after Epstein's death in prison, Barr announced he had asked the Department of Justice Office of Inspector General to investigate the circumstances surrounding the matter, in addition to an FBI investigation that already launched. He was speaking at a police conference in New Orleans.

Barr also had a warning for anyone involved in the supposedly wealthy financier's alleged crimes.

The chief federal prosecutor in Manhattan said that his office would continue its investigation, noting that charges against Epstein included conspiracy, according to The New York Times.

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Federal prosecutors assure the victims the investigation will go on.

US authorities say Epstein had a residence in Paris and used a fake Austrian passport to travel to France in the 1980s.

It's not clear who Epstein shared a cell with upon returning to the special housing unit. "The victims deserve justice and they will get it", the top U.S. law enforcement official vowed. The French statement didn't elaborate on other links to France.

They come from a lawsuit against Epstein associate Ghislaine Maxwell - who allegedly recruited girls into a sex trafficking ring.

Epstein's lawyers maintained that the new charges in NY were covered by the 2008 plea deal and that Epstein hadn't had any illicit contact with underage girls since serving his 13-month sentence in Florida.

In the wake of Epstein's suicide, union president Eric Young of the American Federation of Government Employees Council of Prison Locals said a Trump administration hiring freeze at the Bureau of Prisons has led to thousands of vacancies and created "dangerous conditions" for prison workers and inmates.

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