Netflix’s new documentary collection, Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich, examines how rich financier Jeffrey Epstein carried on years of sexual abuse and trafficking. The collection additionally uncovers how former United States Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta mishandled Epstein’s 2008 trafficking case. But with all the eye the case is getting once more, many are questioning what occurred to Alex Acosta since.
Alexander Acosta was a U.S. Attorney in Florida
Acosta is a Miami native who grew up as the one son of Cuban refugees. He attended Harvard Law School and clerked for Justice Samuel Alito when he was a choose within the U.S. Court of Appeals. He then went on to serve in 4 separate positions underneath the Bush administration from 2001 to 2004.
In 2005, Acosta returned to his residence state when he was appointed as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida. In this place, he prosecuted quite a few high-profile drug cartel and terrorism instances.
His connection to Jeffrey Epstein
From 2005 to 2007, in coordination with the West Palm Beach Police Department, the FBI started investigating Epstein. In 2007, the FBI launched a 53-page indictment that detailed Epstein’s abuses and trafficking of no less than 34 minors.
But as documented in Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich, in 2008, Acosta granted Epstein an unprecedented and questionable plea deal. The deal, which befell behind closed doorways, granted immunity to all different co-conspirators within the case and included a 13-month sentence for Epstein.
However, the convicted intercourse offender didn’t spend a lot time in jail. He was granted work-release permission, which allowed him to go away the jail for 12 hours a day, six days per week. And for the yr he was on probation, Epstein violated phrases quite a few instances with none consequence.
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Acosta’s ties to the Epstein case led to his resignation
In 2017, President Donald Trump nominated Acosta to function the U.S. Secretary of Labor. During his affirmation hearings, Senator Tim Kaine questioned Acosta about Epstein’s sweetheart deal, to which he denied any wrongdoing.
He was finally confirmed and served because the nation’s Secretary of Labor till 2019 when a federal courtroom dominated that Acosta’s 2008 plea settlement with Epstein violated the Crimes Victims’ Act of 2004 (CVRA). According to the courtroom, in retaining the plea deal secret, Acosta’s workplace didn’t notify victims concerning the development of the case, which is a requirement of the CVRA.
After Epstein was arrested in July 2019, Acosta resigned as Secretary of Labor, anxious that the eye on the case would overshadow the administration’s accomplishments.
“Alex Acosta informed me this morning that he felt the constant drumbeat of press about a prosecution which took place under his watch more than 12 years ago was bad for the Administration, which he so strongly believes in, and he graciously tendered his resignation,” President Trump tweeted on the time. “Alex was a great Secretary of Labor and his service is truly appreciated. He will be replaced on an acting basis by Pat Pizzella, the current Deputy Secretay.”
After his resignation, Acosta has not been within the public eye and his Twitter web page has remained quiet since. But it’s assumed that he nonetheless lives along with his spouse and two daughters in Miami.