Epstein's lawyers 'not satisfied with the conclusions of the medical examiner'
The lawyers for Jeffrey Epstein announced they are not “satisfied” with the medical examiner’s conclusion that the alleged sex trafficker died by suicide.
Epstein, 66, was found unconscious in his cell Aug. 10 and later pronounced dead after an apparent suicide attempt. The New York City medical examiner confirmed Friday that he hanged himself.
Chief medical examiner in New York City, Dr. Barbara Sampson, ruled out foul play, saying that after a “careful review of all investigative information,” she had determined Epstein’s death was via “hanging” and the manner was “suicide.”
Three of Epstein’s lawyers challenged Sampson’s findings after they were announced.
Martin G. Weinberg, Reid Weingarten, and Michael Miller said they were “not satisfied with the conclusions of the medical examiner,” according to the New York Times. “We will have a more complete response in the coming days.”
“The defense team fully intends to conduct its own independent and complete investigation into the circumstances and cause of Mr. Epstein’s death, including, if necessary, legal action to view the pivotal videos — if they exist as they should — of the area proximate to Mr. Epstein’s cell during the time period leading to his death,” the lawyers said.
The lawyers hired a private pathologist to observe the autopsy.
Prior to his death, Epstein had pleaded not guilty and been denied bail. He was accused of sexually exploiting and abusing dozens of underage girl at his homes in Manhattan and Palm Beach, Florida, between 2002 and 2005. He was already a registered sex offender from an earlier case.