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Jeffrey Epstein was denied bail on Thursday despite his legal team's best efforts to convince SDNY Judge Richard M. Berman that he isn't a flight risk.
Epstein's attorneys offered a series of concessions and guarantees, such as 'deregistering' his vehicles and aircraft, wearing a GPS monitoring device, and installing surveillance cameras. Prosecutors, meanwhile, successfully argued that Epstein's vast wealth and international connections made him a prime candidate to flee the country.
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In arguing to keep Mr. Epstein detained, the government cited the fact that during a search of Mr. Epstein's Manhattan mansion after his arrest, law enforcement agents found a locked safe containing an Austrian passport, more than $70,000 in cash and 48 loose diamonds. The passport, which is now expired, showed a photograph of Mr. Epstein but contains a different name and lists his residence as Saudi Arabia, prosecutors said.
The 66-year-old registered sex offender will remain in the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in lower Manhattan until his trial on charges of sex-trafficking minors, where he has been held since his July 6 arrest.
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"When you have someone that’s allegedly a sexual predator like Jeffrey Epstein, he’ll need to be in protective custody," said lawyer Andrew Laufer, who has represented MCC inmates. And because...
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