AN internal Justice Department investigations concluded that then-US Attorney Alex Acosta exercised “poor judgment” by sparring Jeffrey Epstein from federal sex trafficking charges in 2008.
In a statement released on Thursday, the Justice Department's investigation found that Acosta did not commit "professional misconduct", in his "sweetheart deal" that let Epstein leave jail.
The Justice Department said that when Acosta let Epstein enter the non-prosecution agreement in 2008. Acosta “failed to make certain that the state of Florida intended to and would notify victims identified through the federal investigation about the state plea hearing.”
The non-prosecution agreement Epstein entered in spared him from sex trafficking charges.
The Justice Department said investigators did not find evidence that Acosta’s decision to sign off on a deal “was based on corruption or other impermissible considerations, such as Epstein’s wealth, status, or associations.”
The Justice Department determined added that Epstein’s victims “were not treated with the forthrightness and sensitivity” they deserved.
The also concluded that other prosecutors on the case had not committed professional misconduct.
The controversial 2008 agreement between Acosta and Epstein has been under scrutiny in recent years following the suicide of the pedophile financer.
Under the terms of the deal, Epstein pleaded guilty to lesser state charges of procuring for prostitution a girl below age 18, and served a brief stint in jail where he was granted daily work release.
At the time, Acosta was serving as the US Attorney for the Southern District of Florida.
Over the years, the former US Attorney has defended his handling of the matter and said he welcomed the Office of Professional Responsibility review.
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