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Attorney DeFabio Addresses Bias by Acosta in Jeffrey Epstein Case

U.S. Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta has recently received renewed backlash stemming from a 2008 agreement—that spared billionaire Jeffrey Epstein of a life sentence in federal prison for sex trafficking involving minors and conspiracy charges—after the U.S. attorney in Manhattan indicted Epstein several days ago on the same charges from the same period.

Attorney Joel DeFabio is well aware of the 2008 case after vehemently citing it in a previous case he handled.

In 2016, Attorney DeFabio represented a client who was accused of running a prostitution business in Fort Lauderdale’s tourist district for years. The client faced 18 charges, including importing aliens for prostitution and money laundering.

“I find it problematic that the government has decided to prosecute Mr. Hernandez for his alleged, limited involvement in this publicly accepted industry,” he told the Sun Sentinel.

“Escort services are a fact of life in South Florida, as well as in many other places in the U.S. and the world … There is absolutely no public outcry over this type of business as it helps to support the tourism industry, which is essential to South Florida.”

Attorney DeFabio accused federal prosecutors of bias and discriminative prosecution, suggesting that his client should receive the same “sweetheart deal” that the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the previous administration gave to Epstein.

Acosta’s “non-prosecution agreement” entailed Epstein to plead guilty to only a state charge of soliciting minors for prostitution, register as a Florida sex offender, and pay damages to 40 female victims, who were between 13 and 17 years of age when the crimes occurred—in exchange for a lighter sentence. Epstein avoided being charged in federal court, even though federal investigators presented a 53-page indictment that carried penalties ranging from a mandatory 10-year federal prison term to life imprisonment.

Between 1999 and 2005, the notorious billionaire paid dozens of underage girls cash to engage in sexual intercourse, oral sex, masturbation, and nude massages in his mansions located in Palm Beach, New York City, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. He was sentenced to 18 months in state jail but only served 13 months—with the ability to go to work or handle other matters for six days out of the week.

“Clearly, Epstein received preferential treatment due to his wealth, race and political connections,” said Attorney DeFabio in the Miami Herald. “The charges against Epstein were outrageous, and the evidence was more than enough to obtain a conviction at trial. The fact that Epstein’s wealth enabled him to hire a stellar legal team should not be a valid reason for such a gross disparity in treatment.”

He added, “This matter should be explored by the [Senate] confirmation committee to ensure that Acosta will be committed to equal treatment under the law of all Americans and that he will never give preferential treatment to the wealthy and politically connected.”

Now, Epstein faces 45 years in federal prison if convicted. In 2011, Acosta said he supported his judgment on Epstein.

For more information, contact DeFabio Beckham Solis today at (305) 290-1912.