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WashPost: Epstein convicted over girl, 16, despite 14-year-old's alert

Jeffrey Epstein was convicted of soliciting was a girl who was 16 years old at the time the offenses began.
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A 14-year-old girl was the first to report Jeffrey Epstein in a federal investigation into alleged sexual misconduct by the wealthy financier, which indicated other potential underage victims, The Washington Post reported Sunday. Yet he was convicted of soliciting a girl who was aged 16 when the offenses began.

The details: The younger girl believed her case was the one referred to in Epstein's guilty plea, her lawyer told WashPost, which obtained additional information on the case. Epstein's plea resulted in a lighter sentence in 2008 and eased his obligations to register as a sex offender.

What they're saying: “They were cutting a plea deal. It wasn’t a prosecution,” the younger girl's attorney Spencer Kuvin told WashPost. “They had a grab bag of 40 girls [accusing Epstein] to choose from.”

Why it matters: The Miami Herald reported in November allegations concerning a sweetheart plea deal between federal prosecutors and Epstein in which he averted federal prosecution for his participation in an international sex operation. In February, a judge ruled the prosecutors had broken the law in doing so. One of those prosecutors was Alexander Acosta — now President Trump's labor secretary. In New York this month, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit signaled it was looking at unsealing documents that could elucidate more on the teen sex trafficking case, Bloomberg Law reported.


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Neomi Rao to succeed Brett Kavanaugh in D.C. Circuit

Neomi Rao sits at her confirmation hearing.
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Neomi Rao has been confirmed to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on a 53-46 vote, per the Washington Post.

The big picture: Rao is the 36th circuit court judge appointed under President Trump. She will succeed Justice Brett Kavanaugh in the nation's second-highest court, which feeds judges to the Supreme Court. Rao faced criticism during her confirmation hearing over her controversial past writings on gender equality, sexual assault and race.

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