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    An alleged teen gangbanger dubbed “the Peyton Manning of criminal conduct” by a former prosecutor could get a sweetheart deal in court — all because he managed to graduate from high school, The Post has learned. Courtney Yeates, 18, a reputed member of the Folk Nation street gang, has at least nine busts and four open cases in Queens and Brooklyn — including a felony robbery conviction for which he is awaiting sentencing. The troubled teen is now back at Riker’s Island on a $150,000 bond after yet another arrest last week, for possession of a loaded handgun. But one judge is contemplating giving him “Youthful Offender” status — which would reduce his prison time and wipe his record clean, sources with knowledge of the case told The Post. Yeates is currently awaiting sentencing on two Queens cases after pleading guilty to both on Nov. 18 — a...
    More On: crime Cops release new surveillance footage of NYC subway mugger Man, 23, found stabbed to death in Bronx apartment Good bot! Video shows NYPD’s new robotic dog in action in the Bronx Man, 28, fatally shot in the Bronx An alleged teen gangbanger dubbed “the Peyton Manning of criminal conduct” by a former prosecutor could get a sweetheart deal in court — all because he managed to graduate from high school, The Post has learned. Courtney Yeates, 18, a reputed member of the Folk Nation street gang, has at least nine busts and four open cases in Queens and Brooklyn — including a felony robbery conviction for which he is awaiting sentencing. The troubled teen is now back at Riker’s Island on a $150,000 bond after yet another arrest last week, for possession of a loaded handgun. But one judge is contemplating giving him “Youthful Offender”...
    Another year, another reminder that white privilege still exists in America. Amy Cooper, the infamous dog owner who used her white fragility to terrorize a Black man bird-watching in New York’s Central Park last year, had her misdemeanor charge dismissed on Tuesday by the Manhattan District Attorney after completing some classes on racial equity. She had been charged with falsely reporting an incident to police after she’d been caught lying on camera to a 911 operator that Christian Cooper, a Black, gay bird watcher who isn’t related to her, threatened her and her dog in Central Park. Although Christian Cooper declined to press charges, the District Attorney’s office had gone ahead with their case against Amy Cooper because they found her actions to not be just about him but also “a threat to the community if allowed to go unchecked.” But then it let the threat that Cooper was far...
    GHISLAINE Maxwell has demanded a judge DROP charges against her after claims that she is protected by Jeffrey Epstein's sweetheart deal. The argument is among many that the ex-girlfriend of the disgraced financier has filed in an attempt to dismiss or reduce the federal charges she is up against. 2Maxwell has demanded a judge to DROP charges against her after claims that she is protected by Epstein's sweetheart dealCredit: Getty Images - Getty 2Maxwell is charged with recruiting and grooming three teenage girls to be sexually abused by Epstein between 1994 and 1997Credit: Getty Images - Getty Maxwell claimed she’s protected by Jeffrey Epstein’s 2007 non-prosecution agreement - and that not enough black and Hispanic jurors were used to indict her. The deal used by Epstein allowed him avoid federal prosecution on sex-trafficking charges, in exchange for pleading guilty in 2008 to state prostitution charges in Florida and registering as...
    LOS ANGELES – A special adviser to L.A. District Attorney George Gascón is being accused of going behind the backs of the prosecutor and victim family in a gang murder case to offer a secret "sweetheart" plea deal to the defendant in the case via his public defender, who serves of Gascón’s public policy committee. The alleged offer comes in the case of the People of the State of California vs Rudy Dominguez. Dominguez, an alleged gang member, was charged with murder in the alleged gang retaliation shooting of 26-year-old Fernando Rojo in South Los Angeles in 2016. TUCKER CARLSON: THE SLOW, PAINFUL DEATH OF CALIFORNIA Prosecutors say Rojo was shot in a case of mistaken identity when the alleged gang members mistook him and a group of men he was standing with as the people responsible for a shooting that killed one of their gang members. A court transcript...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A local family of a murder victim is accusing the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office of making a sweetheart plea deal with a suspect in their case.Fernando Rojo Jr. was killed in a 2016 drive-by shooting while standing on his porch.Rudy Dominguez, the suspected getaway driver, was facing the possibility of life without parole.Rojo's family members now claim the District Attorney's office made a deal with Dominguez for a shorter seven-year sentence. They also said a judge denied that plea deal.RELATED: New DA George Gascon to eliminate cash bail, won't seek death penaltyEMBED More News Videos George Gascón, who became Los Angeles County's new district attorney Monday, announced sweeping changes including shifts away from the death penalty and cash bail. "It just seems like the criminals are getting a slap on the wrist while our family members are getting a slap in the face. Not...
            by Mary Margaret Olohan  An attorney for convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein had a prior relationship with a prosecutor who helped negotiate Epstein’s sweetheart deal, according to a person familiar with a full report on the investigation. The Department of Justice released an executive summary of a report Thursday that found “poor judgement” but no “misconduct” in former U.S. Attorney Alex Acosta decision to scrap an investigation into Epstein’s child sex trafficking ring through a Sept. 24, 2007 non-prosecution agreement. Epstein attorney Lilly Ann Sanchez had a short relationship with Matthew Menchel in 2003 while they both worked at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Florida, a source familiar with the full DOJ report told the New York Daily News that the report said. Sanchez and Menchel dated for a few weeks before deciding the relationship was a bad idea, the Daily News reported. The Daily Caller...
    An attorney for convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein had a prior relationship with a prosecutor who helped negotiate Epstein’s sweetheart deal, according to a person familiar with a full report on the investigation. The Department of Justice released an executive summary of a report Thursday that found “poor judgement” but no “misconduct” in former U.S. Attorney Alex Acosta decision to scrap an investigation into Epstein’s child sex trafficking ring through a Sept. 24, 2007 non-prosecution agreement. (RELATED: ‘Poor Judgement’: DOJ Finds No ‘Misconduct’ In Prosecutor’s Decision To Scrap Investigation Into Epstein’s Child Sex Trafficking) Epstein attorney Lilly Ann Sanchez had a short relationship with Matthew Menchel in 2003 while they both worked at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Florida, a source familiar with the full DOJ report told the New York Daily News that the report said. Sanchez and Menchel dated for a few weeks before deciding the...
    Federal prosecutors who agreed to Jeffrey Epstein's sweetheart plea deal were played so well by the pedophile's lawyers they didn't even realize they were giving immunity to Ghislaine Maxwell. An explosive new report reveals that the prosecutors from the Southern District of Florida (SDFL) thought they were only giving legal protection to four female Epstein associates. They later admitted that it 'never dawned' on them the immunity clause was also designed to protect Maxwell, who is accused of being Epstein's chief recruiter.  Epstein's lawyers persuaded them to use language so loose it could also apply to the British socialite, who is due to stand trial next year for allegedly procuring girls as young as 14 for him. The stunning blunder features in a report by the Department of Justice's internal watchdog, the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) which has not been released in full but DailyMail.com has seen a copy....
    It was a sweetheart deal that has baffled the world — how, in 2008, Jeffrey Epstein was allowed to plead guilty to a lesser felony prostitution charge, register as a sex offender and serve just 13 months in a county jail where he could come and go during the day, despite several underage victims testifying he raped them. It’s now been revealed that one of Epstein’s defense attorneys previously dated one of the top prosecutors on the deal. Lilly Ann Sanchez “was a member of Epstein’s defense team in 2008 when he was facing a potential federal indictment and life imprisonment for sexually abusing dozens of girls between 1999 and 2007,” according to the Daily Mail. Sanchez had also dated Matthew Menchel, one of the prosecutors who worked on the plea deal. The romance came to light after the Justice Department Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) issued a report...
    The FBI was ready to arrest Jeffrey Epstein in 2007 while he was judging a beauty pageant in the U.S. Virgin Islands, but missed out on the chance to nab the serial sexual predator because the federal prosecutor on the case wanted to “take his time.” A few months later, that prosecutor secretly offered Epstein a now-infamous sweetheart deal that kept him out of federal prison and allowed him to serve just 13 months in a jail, with weekend releases. The details of the decision were described in a report released by the Department of Justice which found the prosecutor, then-U.S. Attorney Alexander Acosta, exercised “poor judgement” but did not engage in professional misconduct. The feds on Thursday shared the results of the probe with a room full of Epstein’s accusers, leaving some of them “emotional.” The missed opportunity in the Virgin Islands left the FBI’s supervisory special agent “extremely...
    It was a sweetheart deal that has baffled the world — how, in 2008, Jeffrey Epstein was allowed to plead guilty to a lesser felony prostitution charge, register as a sex offender and serve just 13 months in a county jail where he could come and go during the day, despite several underage victims testifying he raped them. It’s now been revealed that one of Epstein’s defense attorneys previously dated one of the top prosecutors on the deal. Lilly Ann Sanchez “was a member of Epstein’s defense team in 2008 when he was facing a potential federal indictment and life imprisonment for sexually abusing dozens of girls between 1999 and 2007,” according to the Daily Mail. Sanchez had also dated Matthew Menchel, one of the prosecutors who worked on the plea deal. The romance came to light after the Justice Department Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) issued a report this...
    The FBI wanted to arrest Jeffrey Epstein at a beauty pageant that he was judging in 2007, but the U.S. Attorney was out of town and wasn't ready to have him indicted, according to a report released this week by the Department of Justice.  Alex Acosta, then the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida and later the secretary of Trump's Labor Department, was 'out of town at a conference' so the assistant U.S. Attorney who was itching to indict Epstein and have him arrested was told 'no.'  The FBI's supervisory special agent was 'extremely upset' about the missed opportunity, Fox News reported. In May 2007, Marie Villafaña, who was the lead prosecutor on the case, filed a prosecution memo stating she wanted Epstein to face up to 210 months, or 17 and a half years, in prison for charges that he sexually abused young girls and women.  Jeffrey...
    A DEFENSE attorney for pedophile financier Jeffrey Epstein dated a top prosecutor who helped the monster get a 13 month "sweetheart" deal, it has emerged. Lilly Ann Sanchez was a member of Epstein's defense team in 2008, when Epstein had faced a potential federal indictment and life imprisonment for sexually abusing dozens of girls. 4Lilly Ann Sanchez was on Epstein's defense team in 2008, when he faced life imprisonment for the sexual abuse of dozens of girlsCredit: wwcda.org 4Sanchez had previously dated Matthew Menchel (pictured) from the Florida Attorney's Office, who had worked on the Epstein plea dealCredit: LinkedIn Sanchez helped secure a plea deal with the Southern District of Florida's US Attorney's Office for the pedophile to serve just 13 months. But it was revealed on Saturday that Sanchez had previously dated Matthew Menchel from the Florida Attorney's Office, who had worked on the Epstein plea deal, according to...
    A defense attorney for Jeffrey Epstein had previously dated one of the top prosecutors who helped secure the pedophile his 13-month sweetheart deal, it has been revealed. Lilly Ann Sanchez was a member of Epstein's defense team in 2008 when he was facing a potential federal indictment and life imprisonment for sexually abusing dozens of girls between 1999 and 2007. Sanchez helped secure a deal with the Southern District of Florida's US Attorney's Office for Epstein to plead guilty to a lesser felony prostitution charge, register as a sex offender and serve just 13 months in a county jail where he could come and go during the day. It has now emerged that Sanchez had previously been in a relationship with Matthew Menchel, one of the Attorney's Office's prosecutors who agreed to the plea deal.   A defense attorney for Jeffrey Epstein had previously dated one of the top prosecutors who helped...
    THE FBI wanted to arrest pedophile Jeffrey Epstein at a Virgin Islands beauty pageant MONTHS before a sweetheart deal that saw him avoid jail, a new report states. A 347-page report from the Department of Justice reveals that Federal authorities wanted to arrest the child sex abuser in 2007 – but it wasn't until the following year that Epstein surrendered to officials following a plea deal. 13FBI agents wanted to arrest pedophile Jeffrey Epstein months before he signed a plea deal, a report saidCredit: Corbis - Getty 13Epstein avoided jail time in the deal – and did not plead guilty in court until a year after agents wanted to arrest himCredit: AP:Associated Press 13The revelation came amid fury that the DOJ found then-attorney Alex Acosta did no wrongdoing as he oversaw the caseCredit: AP:Associated Press The full report, obtained by NBC, said the FBI "wanted to arrest [Epstein] in [the]...
    The Department of Justice has cleared Alex Acosta and his team of prosecutors of misconduct but says they showed 'poor judgement' with the sweetheart deal they gave Jeffrey Epstein in 2008.   In 2008, Epsten pleaded guilty to soliciting a minor for prostitution after being investigated in Palm Beach for sexually trafficking multiple girls. As part of his deal, he spent a year in 'prison' but he was allowed to go to his office every day and work.  The deal also protected three co-conspirators from prosecution in Palm Beach, and it was kept secret from his victims for a year.  It was widely criticized as a slap on the wrist for the pedophile, who killed himself in jail awaiting trial for sex trafficking last summer.   The deal has been under investigation by the Office of Professional Responsibility  for months and on Thursday, it said released its decision.    Former Labor Secretary...
    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 no wrongdoing in Acosta's "sweetheart deal" that let Epstein leave jail. 2Jeffrey Epstein committed suicide at New York's Metropolitan Correctional Center on Aug. 10, 2019Credit: AP:Associated Press 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.” 2The...
    Charges against Jeffery Epstein were announced on July 8, 2019 in New York City. Epstein will be charged with one count of sex trafficking of minors and one count of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking of minors.Stephanie Keith | Getty Images News | Getty Images An internal Justice Department investigation found that a top federal prosecutor "exercised poor judgment" in cutting a no-plea prosecution deal with alleged child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein in 2007, but also found that prosecutors had not broken the law or engaged in misconduct. Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., blasted the Justice Department for the findings by its Office of Professional Responsibility about the former prosecutor, Alexander Acosta, who resigned last year as U.S. Labor secretary, after outrage over the deal. "Letting a well-connected billionaire get away with child rape and international sex trafficking isn’t ‘poor judgment’ – it is a disgusting failure," Sasse said in...
    Republican Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse slammed the Department of Justice’s investigation into convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein’s sweetheart plea deal, calling it a “disgusting failure.” “Letting a well-connected billionaire get away with child rape and international sex trafficking isn’t ‘poor judgment’ — it is a disgusting failure,” Sasse said Thursday. “Americans ought to be enraged. Jeffrey Epstein should be rotting behind bars today, but the Justice Department failed Epstein’s victims at every turn.”(RELATED: Jail Psychologists Monitoring Ghislaine Maxwell For Several Hours A Day, Lawyers Say) “The DOJ’s crooked deal with Epstein effectively shut down investigations into his child sex trafficking ring and protected his co-conspirators in other states,” Sasse continued. “Justice has not been served. The full report needs to be released to the public. OPR might have finished its report, but we have an obligation to make sure this never happens again.” Despite evidence of Epstein’s underage sex trafficking,...
    It’s been a mixed bag this week for Eastman Kodak, the storied camera giant that won a now-imperiled $765 million federal coronavirus drug manufacturing deal last month. An independent review commissioned by the company found that executives who cashed out by exercising stock options the day before the deal was announced likely acted legally. But the top watchdog for the agency behind the huge government loan also announced that it’s investigating the deal. Since the late July announcement of a deal for Kodak to manufacture ingredients for COVID-19 drugs, much attention has been paid to the company’s substantial efforts to ingratiate itself with the Trump administration. And, it turned out, Kodak did dramatically ramp up its lobbying activities in the months prior, dropping an unprecedented $870,000 on its DC influence operation in the second quarter of the year. But the company had another unique and less well-known political asset: a...
    New unsealed court documents in the Jeffrey Epstein case claim that Prince Andrew, the second son of Queen Elizabeth II, had previously lobbied the United States government back in 2008 on behalf of his good friend. According to The Telegraph, the allegations come from the legal team representing two Epstein accusers who are seeking to gain access to documents that would definitively prove that the Duke of York had intervened in the U.S. legal system to help the convicted pedophile get a “favorable” sentence. “(They are) seeking documents regarding Epstein’s lobbying efforts to persuade the government to give him a favorable plea arrangement, including efforts on his behalf by Prince Andrew and former Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz,” wrote lawyers for the pair (via The Daily Mail). “They have alleged these materials are needed to prove their allegations that, after Epstein signed the non-prosecution agreement his performance was delayed while...
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