Jeffrey Epstein Hanged Himself With Prison Sheet

United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman speaks during a news conference in New York Monday

United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York Geoffrey Berman speaks during a news conference in New York Monday

The announcement came amid mounting evidence that the chronically understaffed Metropolitan Correctional Center may have bungled its responsibility to keep the 66-year-old Epstein from harming himself while he awaited trial on charges of sexually abusing teenage girls.

At the MCC, two jail guards are required to make separate checks on all prisoners every 30 minutes but that procedure was not followed overnight, according to the source.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because he lacked authorization to publicly discuss jail operations.

Catherine Linaweaver, who retired in 2014 after 16 months as the MCC's warden, said some people were overreacting to Epstein's suicide because he was well known.

The Times spoke to the official on the condition of anonymity.

Wexner recently hired white-collar defense lawyer Mary Jo White, a partner at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP and former USA attorney in Manhattan, according to a person familiar with the matter, as scrutiny of Epstein's finances intensifies.

Barr said he was "appalled" at the jail's "failure to adequately secure this prisoner".

The FBI and the Department of Justice's Inspector General opened investigations into his suicide while he was in federal custody.

In a statement, Mr Barr "directed the Bureau of Prisons to temporarily assign" warden Lamine N'Diaye to a regional office, pending a full investigation.

Amid revelations about the circumstances around Jeffrey Epstein's death, federal authorities have intensified parallel inquiries into what went wrong at the Manhattan jail where he was behind bars and who now may face charges for assisting or enabling him in what authorities say was his rampant sexual abuse of underage girls. Both of the guards were working overtime, one of them for the fifth consecutive night; the other guard wasn't a regular correctional officer.

Federal prosecutors in NY are pursuing a parallel investigation into whether any if his associates will face charges for assisting him in what authorities say was his rampant sexual abuse of girls as young as 14.

Authorities are most likely turning their attention to the team of recruiters and employees who, according to police reports, Federal Bureau of Investigation records and court documents, knew about Epstein's penchant for teenage girls and lined up victims for him.

The Trump administration has curtailed the hiring of correctional officers in recent days.

Guards in Jeffrey Epstein's unit were working "extreme overtime" in the hours before his death, leaving gaps in his supervision, USA media report.

Never miss the latest news from the Star. His cellmate had been transferred and had not been replaced, officials said.

Sigrid McCawley, Giuffre's attorney, said Epstein's suicide less than 24 hours after the documents were unsealed "is no coincidence".

"We are now learning of serious irregularities at this facility that are deeply concerning and that demand a thorough investigation", Barr said.

In his remarks on Monday at the Grand Lodge Fraternal Order of Police's National Biennial Conference, Barr said the criminal case against Epstein was personally important to him and that his death denied his victims the chance to confront Epstein in a courtroom.

Over the weekend, New York City's medical examiner office completed an autopsy, saying Epstein's cause of death was "pending further information at this time".

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