Saturday, December 18, 2021

the last book I ever read (Julie K. Brown's Perversion of Justice: The Jeffery Epstein Story, excerpt eleven)

from Perversion of Justice: The Jeffery Epstein Story by Julie K. Brown:

Bradshaw, who has been sheriff since 2004, has long been considered one of the most powerful politicians in Palm Beach County. For years, he has mounted what I saw as a relatively successful gaslighting campaign about his role in Epstein’s work release. Bradshaw maintains that, despite having a super-connected notorious sex offender in his jail, he didn’t know anything about the benefits that Epstein received on his watch.

Bradshaw’s spokeswoman, Teri Barbera, had given me a copy of the work release policy to clarify the agency’s policies regarding sex offenders. But the document she sent me for my series clearly noted that convicted sex offenders were not eligible for work release in Palm Beach County.

When I pointed out to her that the department violated its own policy, she tried to claim that Epstein wasn’t a registered sex offender until he was released and had to formally register. The problem with this argument is that the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office had never given any other offender charged with a sex crime work release. Only Epstein.

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