Dec 19, 2019

Epstein surveillance video taken during first suicide attempt missing

Jeffrey Epstein. Photo: Rick Friedman/Getty Images

Prosecutors told a court Wednesday that surveillance footage recorded at the time of Jeffrey Epstein’s first apparent suicide attempt inside Manhattan's Metropolitan Correctional Center has gone missing, the New York Daily News first reported.

Details: The revelation of the missing footage captured outside Epstein's cell emerged during a New York hearing of accused quadruple murderer Nick Tartaglione, who shared a cell with the convicted sex offender.

  • Tartaglione’s lawyer told the White Plains District Court that he had asked for the footage to be preserved to show that Tartaglione had behaved "appropriately and even admirably" on the night of the incident on July 23, per the New York Post.
  • The presiding judge "asked the government to look further into what happened to the footage," the Daily News notes.

The big picture: Epstein's death in one of the most secure jails in the U.S. has sparked criminal charges against the guards monitoring him.

  • Attorney General Bill Bar has said that Epstein's death was the result of "a perfect storm of screw-ups."

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MIT puts tenured professor on paid leave over Jeffrey Epstein gifts

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MIT announced Friday that mechanical engineering professor Seth Lloyd was placed on paid administrative leave following the school's review into donations it received from convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

By the numbers: MIT found that Epstein made 10 separate gifts to the school totaling $850,000 from 2002 to 2017. Nine of those donations were made after Epstein's 2008 conviction, including $225,000 to Lloyd and $525,000 to the MIT Media Lab.

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MIT investigation reveals Epstein-related loophole

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"Swap donations with someone else’s foundation." That was a suggestion from the then-director of the MIT Media Lab, Joi Ito — his proposed solution to the problem of accepting donations from convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

Why it matters: Ito's proposed solution seems to have worked. Epstein took credit for millions of donations to the Media Lab from Bill Gates and Leon Black — and even after a four-month investigation by law firm Goodwin Procter, there have been no findings that anything was amiss with any of those donations.

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Dueling claims between MIT's Epstein investigator and Leon Black

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Last Friday, MIT released an unredacted version of the 61-page report by law firm Goodwin Procter into Jeffrey Epstein's donations to the university.

What's new: There is a dispute as to the cooperation of Apollo Global Management CEO Leon Black, a onetime Epstein client who in 2014 made an anonymous $5 million donation to MIT which Epstein claimed to have arranged.

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