First prosecutors had it, then they didn’t. Then federal officials claimed it had been found. Today, however, prosecutors told a federal judge that the video of the area in which Jeffrey Epstein was held during his first suicide attempt no longer exists. When ordered to produce it pursuant to a motion from Epstein’s cellmate, it turns out that officials saved the wrong video.
Or so they say …
In the latest screw up in Jeffrey Epstein’s death case, federal officials revealed Thursday that video of the cell where the pedophile reportedly made his first suicide attempt was accidentally destroyed.
The surveillance footage was requested by Epstein’s cellmate, accused killer ex-cop Nicholas Tartaglione, who is hoping it will show he “acted appropriately” and earn him a break at sentencing.
Last month, federal prosecutors said the video had been found. But in a letter to the judge on Thursday, they said it turns out that staff at the Metropolitan Correctional Center “inadvertently preserved video from the wrong tier,” and the video from the correct one “no longer exists.”
How in the world is this possible? Supposedly, MCC personnel didn’t keep accurate records of Tartaglione’s cell assignments, leading them to preserve the wrong clip:
The letter claims MCC staff were misled by a computer system that wrongly listed Tartaglione as being housed in a different cell during those dates — and therefore kept the footage from outside that incorrect cell.
Prosecutors say they realized the mistake after the facility turned over footage on Jan. 3.
“After reviewing the video, it appeared to the Government that the footage contained on the preserved video was for the correct date and time, but captured a different tier than the one where Cell-1 was,” reads the letter, referring to the cell shared by Tartaglione and Epstein.
To make matters worse, the MCC’s backup system hasn’t been working properly, meaning the video is gone for good.
Well, ain’t that an interesting series of coinky-dinks. The MCC staff didn’t know how their own computers work. They didn’t check the video to make sure they had the right camera view. The back-up system was malfunctioning. And, recall, they inadvertently forgot to place a cellmate in Epstein’s cell after he returned from suicide watch after this incident, too.
Let’s also not forget that somehow prosecutors only discovered this now, rather than when they claimed to have found the correct footage. No one bothered to check on the accuracy of that claim at the time, by, say, watching the video and double-checking the assignments? Come on, man.
Nothing gets “screwed up” this many times.
Trump just hired Jeffrey Epstein’s lawyers, Ken Starr and Alan Dershowitz. They’re now part of his defense team.
@Greg: And? Are you saying Epstein is the only person these guys have represented? More important is all the Democrats (possibly including Schumer) that were getting frequent flyer miles on Epstein’s Debauchery Airlines. Of course, Bubba had first class tickets and a seat saved.
A chain of odd coincidences…
I wonder if Ghislaine Maxwell is more worried about a trial, or about her chances of surviving long enough to have one?
@Greg: I see you like to try to tie Trump with Jeffrey Trump took one flight with jeffy apx 2 hours, 23 minutes from Florida to NY. Obamas justice dept in 2008 muffed putting the pedo away. Bill Clinton who had an unusual portrait in a place of honor hanging in Jeffys house logged frequent flyer miles with the perv, birds of a feather.
Giuffre stated “Jeffrey told me that Donald Trump is a good friend of his” but disputed Trump flirted with her or had sex with any girls on the flight. “Oh, I didn’t physically see him have sex with any of the girls, so I can’t say who he had sex with in his whole life or not,” Giuffre said. “But I just know it wasn’t with me when I was with other girls.” She also said she never saw Trump at any of Epstein’s homes. Her description of Bill was quite different, avoiding the subject. Possibly horrible memories as ugly as Bill has always been.
Its much more likely britt intelligence wouldnt want Jeffy to testify as its known Bill is a Pig, follow the money who invested with the perv. Fees that let him buy many houses a remote ranch and a private island.