In a stunning admission that will do nothing to dispel rumors of foul play in the Jeffrey Epstein suicide, a U.S. attorney has admitted in court that the surveillance footage taken from a camera outside Epstein’s cell has gone missing.
And no one can find it. Look, this case just gets weirder and the only constant is the authorities keep making odd mistakes.
It started when he got his sweetheart deal for his first conviction and it continues to this day.
From The New York Daily News: Surveillance footage of the outside of Jeffrey Epstein’s cell at the troubled Metropolitan Correctional Center during his suicide attempt has gone missing, prosecutors revealed Wednesday.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Jason Swergold admitted nobody can find the footage of the outside of the cell the multimillionaire perv shared with accused quadruple murderer Nick Tartaglione during a hearing in White Plains District Court. Tartaglione, a former Briarcliff Manor cop, faces the death penalty for the alleged murders in a drug deal gone bad.
Bruce Barket, an attorney for Tartaglione, confirmed the stunning revelation that the footage was not preserved. The Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office declined comment.
Tartaglione’s attorneys filed a request for the footage to be retained two days after Epstein’s unsuccessful suicide attempt on July 23, Barket said.
“It is on the surface troubling,” Barket said. “I’ll reserve judgement until I’ve found out more details.”
From The New York Post:
Tartaglione’s lawyer had requested that the footage be preserved — but prosecutors admitted in a court hearing Wednesday that the footage has gone missing, the lawyer, Bruce Barket, said.
“I don’t know the details of how it was lost or destroyed or why it wasn’t retained when it should have been,” Barket said.
Barket has maintained Tartaglione came to Epstein’s aide and tried to alert the guards when the perv tried to commit suicide in the cell.
“We want to be sure that all the evidence is preserved to show that Nick behaved appropriately and even admirably that evening,” Barket said.
“We asked for all the video and photographic evidence to be preserved, specifically this surveillance video. Now it’s gone,” he added.