Mar 2, 2019

Alan Dershowitz calls for closed doors in Jeffrey Espstein hearing

Alan Dershowitz. Photo: John Lamparski/Getty Images

The decision to unseal a 2015 federal court case involving the alleged sex trafficking of underage girls by financier Jeffrey Epstein will be determined in court next Wednesday according to the Miami Herald, however, on Tuesday attorney Alan Dershowitz questioned the U.S. District Court Second Circuit of Appeals as to whether reporters should be barred from the proceeding.

Why it matters: Though the appeals court had not replied to Dershowitz's inquiry as of Friday, a closed-door hearing would follow suit in a string of missteps and secrecy surrounding Epstein's sex crimes and sweetheart deal. Dershowitz, who has represented Epstein and continues to advise him, has also been accused of sexual misconduct, though he denies the claims, according to the Herald.

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The race to catch Nike's Vaporfly shoe before the 2020 Olympics

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

Four months ago, on the very same weekend, Eliud Kipchoge became the first human to run a marathon in under two hours, and fellow Kenyan Brigid Kosgei shattered the women's marathon record.

Why it matters: Kipchoge and Kosgei were both wearing Nike's controversial Vaporfly sneakers, which many believed would be banned because of the performance boost provided by a carbon-fiber plate in the midsole that acted as a spring and saved the runner energy.

Reassessing the global impact of the coronavirus

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Economists are rethinking projections about the broader economic consequences of the coronavirus outbreak after a surge of diagnoses and deaths outside Asia and an announcement from a top CDC official that Americans should be prepared for the virus to spread here.

What's happening: The coronavirus quickly went from an also-ran concern to the most talked-about issue at the National Association for Business Economics policy conference in Washington, D.C.

Tech can't remember what to do in a down market

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

Wall Street's two-day-old coronavirus crash is a wakeup alarm for Silicon Valley.

The big picture: Tech has been booming for so long the industry barely remembers what a down market feels like — and most companies are ill-prepared for one.