Some of the video footage from cameras inside the Manhattan Correctional Center (MCC) that were placed near billionaire convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s jail cell is unusable, according to a Washington Post report.
The report said that some footage from at least one other camera in the vicinity is clear enough to use, though no one has reported what the video footage shows.
“It was not immediately clear why some video footage outside Epstein’s cell is too flawed for investigators to use or what is visible in the usable footage,” according to the report. “The incident is being investigated by the FBI and the Justice Department’s inspector general’s office, which are attempting to determine what happened and how to assess whether any policies were violated or crimes committed.”
Epstein reportedly hanged himself in early August, two weeks after he was placed on suicide watch after he had reportedly attempted to hang himself. Somehow, he was cleared from suicide watch, only to be found dead six days later.
The billionaire, who had high-level connections in business and politics, was awaiting trial on child sex trafficking charges. His death came one day after thousands of documents were released pertaining to an investigation into crimes for which he had been convicted a decade earlier. Given his socialite lifestyle and the people with whom he associated, his death has raised eyebrows in the political world.
Judge Jeanine Pirro questioned his death in a segment with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson after the New York City medical examiner ruled his death a suicide.
“Well, I think what the medical examiner should have done was – she should have listed the manner of death,” Pirro said. “Understand there are two differences: what actually caused the death – some kind of asphyxiation – but the manner of death can be a homicide, suicide, or pending/undetermined.”
Pirro said that there were four investigations occurring simultaneously into Epstein’s death, and that her rush to rule his death a suicide “makes no sense.”
“We don’t know why the cameras weren’t working, why everybody was asleep, why they lied – the FBI, the DOJ, the Inspector General, Bureau of Prisons – everybody is doing an investigation,” Pirro said. “And where [a death] is capable of being one of two ways, you’ve gotta give me the additional dots that cause me to believe it’s one way versus another.”
Pirro continued to say that as a prosecutor she tried cases that were listed as suicides, but received a homicide conviction. She also said the breaking of the hyoid bone is a classic indicator of strangulation, and not a hanging.
“It makes no sense to me as a prosecutor,” she said.
Peter D'Abrosca is a freelance investigative reporter, author, and conservative political commentator.
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