2 Guards Assigned To Watch Jeffery Epstein Were Sleeping While He Committed Suicide
While Jeffery Epstein committed suicide in his jail cell over the weekend, the two guards assigned to check on him were sleeping and then attempted to cover it up by creating false reports.
The news came on Tuesday after the two were placed on leave, and the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan’s warden was reassigned. The guards had falsified documents saying that they had checked on the accused sex trafficker. Falsifying records is a federal crime.
The two had been sleeping for around three hours, meaning they missed six of the check ins they were required to make every 30 minutes. Attorney General William Barr questioned why Epstein was taken off suicide watch and ordered an investigation into how he managed to commit suicide.
At 6:30 on Saturday morning, Epstein was found dead in his cell from an apparent hanging.
The former financier had been awaiting trial for sex trafficking charges. He allegedly abused underage girls in his homes in Florida and New York City.
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His death comes three weeks after he had tried and failed to hang himself, which prompted the jail to put him on suicide watch.
After six days, he was placed back in a regular cell. Under jail rules, he was required to have a cellmate, but that person was taken out of the cell on Friday leaving Epstein alone.
Justice Department officials said that there were two investigations into Epstein’s death underway.
On Tuesday, a team of psychologists began reviewing the decisions made by the jail to take Epstien off of suicide watch. Another team will investigate if the prison followed all of the necessary protocols in the weeks leading up to his death.
Jerry Nadler (D-New York), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, has sent a letter to Hugh Hurwitz, director of the Bureau of Prisons. The letter questioned how the jail allowed Epstein to be unsupervised and states there were “severe miscarriages” of procedure at the jail.