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Prosecutors drop Jeffrey Epstein's federal sex trafficking court case

Posted: 12:59 PM, Aug 29, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-29 13:30:32-04
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NEW YORK — The federal sex trafficking court case against convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein is over.

According to a new court filing, federal prosecutors have filed a motion of 'nolle prosequi' meaning they no longer want to pursue criminal charges against Epstein, who died by suicide in his New York jail cell earlier this month.

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The filing reads:

"Because JEFFREY EPSTEIN, the defendant, died while this case was pending, and therefore before a final judgment was issued, the Indictment must be dismissed..."

U.S. District Judge Richard Berman approved the filing, meaning Epstein's sex trafficking court case has ended.

A medical examiner determined Epstein died by suicide on Aug. 10 when he hanged himself inside his jail cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center.

The wealthy hedge fund manager, who was charged with sexually abusing numerous underage girls over several years in New York and Palm Beach, had been placed on suicide watch in late July after he was found on his cell floor with bruising on his neck.