Crime
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Labor secretary under fire for Epstein deal

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 7/10/19, 11:10 am

U.S. Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta is facing calls for his resignation this week for his role in the once-secret plea bargain agreement that allowed billionaire Jeffrey Epstein to avoid federal prosecution and spend only 13 months in jail despite allegations that he molested numerous teenage girls. Acosta served as a federal prosecutor in South Florida in 2008 when the deal was made.

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Billionaire arrested on sex trafficking charges

by Kent Covington
Posted 7/08/19, 12:28 pm

Billionaire financier and registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein is scheduled to face a federal judge in Manhattan on Monday on charges of sex trafficking and conspiracy dating to the early 2000s. Police arrested Epstein in New York on Saturday. He is accused of abusing dozens of underage girls as young as 14 at his homes in Florida and New York, prosecutors said Monday.

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Looking for justice

Television | When They See Us is an embroidered dramatization of a rape case that roiled a nation
by Marty VanDriel
Posted 7/04/19, 02:29 pm

Courts can get it wrong. We sometimes sentence innocent people for crimes they didn’t commit. The four-part Netflix drama When They See Us revisits the real-life case of the “Central Park Five” but oversimplifies the story as a tale of racism and bad police work.

Netflix has rated the series MA (for “mature audiences”): Viewers should be aware of coarse language throughout and some blasphemy, along with scenes of violence and an unnecessary sex scene.

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