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Acosta defends his actions in controversial plea deal for Jeffrey Epstein

Credit: CBS News- Published on July 10, 2019
Labor Secretary Alex Acosta is defending his handling of a plea deal from 2008. Wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein, who is now facing sex trafficking charges, dodged federal charges with the old deal and spent just 13 months in county jail on prostitution charges. Mola Lenghi reports.
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Published on July 11, 2019 -  00:37
Former Florida Prosceutor Disputes Acosta's Claims
Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta is being slammed for his role in a sweetheart plea deal for Jeffrey Epstein. Epstein is a billionaire, recently indicted for sex trafficking minors. On Tuesday, Acosta tried defending his decision to give Epstein a light jail sentence. He Epstein would have walked free if Acosta hadn't intervened as a federal prosecutor. Barry Krischer, who was the state attorney for Palm Beach County from 1993 until 2009, says Acosta is trying to "rewrite history." Epstein was accused of molesting dozens of girls. He ended up serving just 13 months on a state charge of soliciting prostitution.

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