Florida legislature passes bill to publicly release Jeffrey Epstein grand jury materials, Gov. DeSantis vows to 'sign the bill into law'

 February 24, 2024

Many Americans have long demanded the release of all investigative information about the late Jeffrey Epstein, the billionaire financier who was also a convicted pedophile and stood accused of trafficking young girls as sex slaves.

Now, thanks to the Florida legislature and Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, the files related to the Florida case against Epstein nearly two decades ago are about to be publicly released, Breitbart reported.

That is great news for those who insist upon complete transparency about Epstein and his alleged sexual deviances, but has undoubtedly unleashed panic among the wealthy elitists previously connected to the disgraced pedophile who is alleged to have been involved to some degree or another in the sex trafficking of minors.

DeSantis will "sign the bill into law"

Florida's Voice reported earlier this week that the Florida Senate voted unanimously in a bipartisan fashion, 37-0, to approve a bill that would authorize the public release of the grand jury materials in the 2006 investigation of Epstein.

That vote in the Senate came less than a week after the Florida House had similarly voted unanimously and in a bipartisan fashion, 119-0, to approve a similar piece of legislation.

As news broke of the Florida Senate's passage of the bill, Gov. DeSantis took to social media and declared, "All files related to Jeffrey Epstein’s criminal activity should be made public."

"While the federal government continues to stonewall accountability, I’m glad the Legislature has taken action to release the grand jury material from the Florida state case," he added. "I will sign the bill into law."

Some information could still be redacted or restricted

According to Florida's Voice, the legislation passed by both the state's House and Senate makes expansions to the rules that generally apply to the public release of evidence and testimony from grand jury proceedings, and once signed into law, will take effect on July 1 of this year.

The changes apply particularly to cases in which the subject of the investigation is now "deceased," as is the case with Epstein, or if the investigation dealt with "criminal or sexual activity" between the investigation's subject and a minor, which is also applicable to the Epstein case.

That said, the legislation also included language that will still allow for some restrictions and redactions of sensitive information in the grand jury materials. Thus, it is possible that some evidence and testimony from the 2006 Epstein grand jury proceedings could still be withheld from the public.

Regardless of that possibility, the eventual release of the Epstein grand jury materials will certainly be anxiously awaited by both those in favor of complete transparency and those who want to continue to keep everything hidden from the public's view.

Federal prosecutor displayed "poor judgment," but not "misconduct," in offering deal to Epstein

According to a 2020 Associated Press report, outrage had ensued in 2008 following then-federal prosecutor Alex Acosta's decision at that time to enter into a non-prosecution agreement and plea deal with Epstein, in which he acknowledged his guilt to a single state-level charge -- soliciting and procuring a minor for prostitution -- and was sentenced to just 13 months in a work-release program instead of life in prison for allegedly sex trafficking dozens of minors.

Epstein was later arrested and charged with more serious crimes in 2019 but allegedly killed himself in a New York City jail cell while awaiting trial.

An internal Justice Department investigation into the actions of Acosta, at that time serving as the Labor secretary, ultimately concluded that while the former federal prosecutor had displayed "poor judgment" in offering the deal to Epstein, his actions did not constitute "professional misconduct" worthy of punishment.

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