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New deadline for attorneys in Epstein victims’ rights case

March 14, 2019

MIAMI (AP) — A federal judge has set a new deadline in a Florida victims’ rights case involving a wealthy financier accused of sexually abusing dozens of underage girls.

U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra ordered Wednesday that the U.S. Justice Department and the victims’ attorneys decide by May 10 how they want to proceed with the case involving victims of 66-year-old Jeffrey Epstein.

Marra ruled last month that former Miami U.S. Attorney Alexander Acosta’s prosecutors violated the victims’ rights by secretly reaching a 2008 non-prosecution agreement with Epstein. Under the agreement, Epstein pleaded guilty to state charges, spent 13 months in jail, paid settlements to victims and became a registered sex offender.

Marra had initially set a March 8 deadline but agreed to move it back after federal prosecutors in Atlanta took over the case.

Acosta, now President Donald Trump’s labor secretary, says the deal was appropriate.

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