Jeffrey Epstein: Victim’s bid to have 2009 plea deal thrown out is rejected by Supreme Court

Epstein’s victims were not consulted when the sweetheart deal was reached

Bevan Hurley
Tuesday 22 February 2022 19:20 GMT
Epstein-linked fashion agent Jean-Luc Brunel found dead in cell

The US Supreme Court has denied a request by one of Jeffrey Epstein’s victims to throw out a secret plea deal the late paedophile made with Florida prosecutors in 2009.

Courtney Wild claimed in her lawsuit that Florida federal prosecutors had failed to consult victims when reaching a secret plea deal with Epstein more than a decade ago.

Epstein, who died in jail in New York in 2019, was allowed to serve just 13 months in prison under the sweetheart deal that spared him serious federal charges and permitted him to plead guilty to lesser state prostitution-related charges. 

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court said it would not consider the case, offering no reason for its decision.

A federal judge had ruled that prosecutors had violated victims’ rights laws by failing to consult them before accepting the 2009 deal.

But after Epstein’s death, at the age of 66 while awaiting trial on federal sex-trafficking charges, the case was dismissed.

Ms Wild, who has spoken of her abuse in numerous interviews, appealed the dismissal.

Courtney Wild’s lawsuit argued that the 2009 plea deal should be reopened (Getty)

In April 2020, a three-judge panel of the 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 against her, saying a lower court had correctly thrown out her lawsuit.

The Justice Department had urged the justices not to hear the case.

Epstein was arrested in 2019 and charged with recruiting young girls to give him massages before sexually abusing them at his homes in Florida and Manhattan.

Epstein died aged 66 on 10 August 2019 while awaiting trial. His death was ruled a suicide by the medical examiner.

Associated Press contributed to this report

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in