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Miami Herald Files Lawsuit for Sealed Jeffrey Epstein Records

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A newspaper is trying to finally get to the bottom of a decades-old case involving a billionaire pedophile with connections to Bill Clinton, among other world elites.

“Julie Brown, investigative journalist for the Miami Herald (“Julie Brown” and together with Miami Herald, the “Intervenors”), respectfully submit this memorandum of law in support of their motion to intervene and unseal all of the documents in the above-captioned action that have been filed under seal or redacted,” says a legal brief filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

The Miami Herald seeks to unseal documents pertaining to a court case involving convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.

“These judicial documents are germane to the Miami Herald’s ongoing coverage of dozens of underage minors who were victims of Jeffrey Epstein, the South Florida financier who pleaded guilty in 2008 to solicitation of minors for prostitution and was suspected of involvement in a larger sex-trafficking organization,” the motion says.

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Jeffrey Epstein, a retired billionaire financier, served 13 months in jail after pleading guilty to one count of soliciting sex from an underage girl. At the time, there were more than 14 accusations from underage women that Epstein had had inappropriate relationships with them.

The story only exploded from there. Epstein was accused of romps with underage girls on his private jet, known as the “Lolita Express.” Bill Clinton has flown on the plane at least 24 times, once to Africa for a Clinton Foundation outing. Epstein is said to have placed hidden cameras in his plane and home in order to film and blackmail important people having sex with minors.

Fox News alleged that Epstein had a team of traffickers assembled to kidnap and deliver females as young as 12 to his private island in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Epstein has settled civil lawsuits with several women to avoid public trials.

Two female associates of Epstein have been accused of acting as a pimp for him, procuring and grooming young girls to be his sex slaves. Neither of the women have been criminally charged, though one, Ghislaine Maxwell, daughter of late media mogul Robert Maxwell, was recently settled a suit levied against her by one of Epstein’s former “slaves.”

The Miami Herald is seeking documents pertaining to this lawsuit, which they say are public information pertinent to their investigative reporting on Epstein. The documents are currently available, but so heavily redacted that they are incomprehensible.

Lawyer and media personality Mike Cernovich sued for the same documents while the case was ongoing, and was denied by the court on the grounds that making the information public at the time could taint a potential jury pool. He appealed the decision.

This story is of huge public interest. Stars like Kevin Spacey, recently outed as a sexual deviant during #MeToo movement have been associated with Epstein’s alleged sex trafficking ring. So have comedian Chris Tucker and Prince Andrew of Britain. Film director Woody Allen and media personalities Katie Couric and George Stephanopoulos have been known to party on Epstein’s private island.

Now that the case is settled, the Herald hopes that the court will unseal the records, making them available for public consumption.

 

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New Gallup Poll Shows Immigration Tops Most Important Problem List

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When Americans were asked what they feel is the most important problem facing the nation, immigration topped the list for just the second time in Gallup’s history. The top issue each month since January of 2017 has been the government, but immigration has just replaced its position according to a new Gallup poll.

When asked the same question in June, immigration ranked at 14% when Gallup asked Americans what’s the “most important problem” the nation faces. It jumped from 14% to 22% from June to July 2018.

Each month, Gallup asks the same question and the answer of immigration has always averaged 5% over the 17 years Gallup has included it in their polls. So why the sudden jump from 14% to 22%?

The past several weeks social media and news outlets alike have focused on the issue of separating families at the border with President Trump’s stance on immigration and his modified policy that would keep families detained together (if detainment must occur) continuing to be a hot button issue.

Just last month, TIME ran the cover story, “A Reckoning After Trump’s Border Separation Policy: What Kind of Country Are We,” with the cover photo that was proven to be fake news. The cover showed a 2-year-old little girl crying while President Trump towers above her looking on as she wails. The cover read simply “Welcome to America.” The claim made by Time was that the little girl had been separated from her family at the border, but Yanela, daughter to Sandra Sanchez had never been separated from her mother at all. Sanchez and her daughter were arrested by Border Patrol agents under the zero tolerance policy that criminally charges anyone attempting to cross the border illegally, but at no point were they separated.

Every week immigration has remained in the news cycle, and continues to be an issue that is important to Americans. The Washington Examiner reported on Monday that The National Guard’s deployment to the southwest border in mid-April has led to 10,805 “deportable alien arrests” of people who entered into the United States from Mexico illegally. The National Guard has also intercepted more than 3,300 others who were turned back at the border before crossing into the U.S., and have seized 11,686 pounds of marijuana.

In April of 2006, immigration reached 19% when Congress was working on passing a comprehensive immigration bill. During this time period, immigration protests popped up all across America and saturated the news cycle. The last spike, according to Gallup of immigration as the top problem was in 2014 when the news focused its attention on a large number of immigrants who were attempting to enter the U.S. from Central America.

The issue of immigration is important to Americans, but for starkly different reasons. Republicans are more concerned about potential crime, impacts on the nation’s economy, and jobs being taken away from native-born families. Democrats, in contrast, support a path to citizenship for the undocumented, but more over, they know that they need all the help they can get at the polls, with Trump’s base stronger than ever heading into the Midterms.

The Gallup poll is based on telephone interviews conducted July 1-11 with a random sample of 1,033 adults in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. It has a margin of error of 4 percentage points and a 95 percent confidence level.

 

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