MIAMI (AP) -- An appeals court has ordered South Florida federal prosecutors to disclose to victims secret plea negotiations in a billionaire's sex case.
The decision by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals came in a lawsuit seeking disclosure by two alleged victims of investor Jeffrey Epstein. The FBI in 2006 was investigating Epstein for possible sex abuse of minor girls, but his lawyers reached a non-prosecution deal with the U.S. attorney's office without telling victims.
Epstein pleaded guilty to lesser state charges of solicitation of prostitution and served 13 months in prison. He is a registered Florida sex offender.
The two alleged victims are identified only as Jane Doe No. 1 and Jane Doe No. 2. They have been seeking details of the federal negotiations under the Crime Victims' Rights Act.