By Al Pefley email
West Palm Beach, FL (WFLX)
How did a Palm Beach billionaire get what some are calling a sweetheart deal from federal prosecutors?
Without that plea deal, Jeffrey Epstein could've spent the rest of his life in prison.
The plea deal which has been sealed for months, was made public today.
One attorney says Epstein got the deal of a lifetime, one that would not have been offered to anyone else of ordinary means.
"It's absolutely atrocious and an embarrassment to the U.S. Attorney's office for them to enter into a deal like this!" said Spencer Kuvin, an attorney with the firm Leopold-Kuvin in Palm Beach Gardens. Kuvin represents two of the victims.
Kuvin says Palm Beach billionaire Jeffrey Epstein had enough money and the right connections to get him a deal that would keep him out of prison, in exchange for pleading guilty to having sex with teenage girls.
"He should've been put away for life. Had anyone other than rich and famous Jeffrey Epstein done this type of thing he would've been in jail for the rest of his life," Kuvin said.
Police say Epstein paid teenage girls to come to his home in Palm Beach where they would partially disrobe and give him massages or perform sex acts.
"When you have money you can buy your way out of charges, apparently. This is a convicted sexual predator who was essentially let go on his own recognizance. I can see why everyone wanted this plea deal secret," Kuvin said.
Kuvin believes Epstein was able to pull this off by hiring some expensive influential lawyers in Florida and Washington, including former federal prosecutor Kenneth Starr, a key figure in the Whitewater case involving President Bill Clinton.
Starr, he says, negotiated the plea deal on Epstein's behalf with the U.S. Attorney's office in Washington D.C.
"It's come to our information that the U.S. Attorney's office in Miami was not happy with this deal. But unfortunately it was their bosses above them in D.C. that told them they must enter into this deal," Kuvin said.
He says what bothers him most about the plea deal is an agreement that four women including Epstein's girlfriend, who were the ones who helped procure the teenage girls for Epstein, would not be charged.
He says by getting that in the plea deal, Epstein essentially bought their silence, knowing the women would be indebted to him for their freedom and would not be likely to testify against him when the teenage girls sue Epstein for monetary damages in civil court.
"By putting these four women in the deal, he was able to negotiate their silence," Kuvin said.
Epstein was released from jail in July.