While convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein may be dead, his victims are still very much alive, and they are now fighting back in court and demanding compensation for being kept in the dark while Epstein was given his infamous sweetheart deal.
The women who filed a landmark lawsuit attempting to hold the US government accountable for giving Jeffrey Epstein an incredibly light plea deal, are now pushing for an appeals court to hear their case.
Courtney Wild is just one of dozens of women who have come forward to give a name and a face to the horrific story of a sex trafficking ring that has implicated presidents, politicians, professors, and modeling agents alike.
But a federal judge in Florida ruled last month that—while the government violated the victims’ rights by failing to notify them about the deal—they still were not entitled to compensation from the Justice Department. And because Epstein died in August, the plea deal will not be overturned.
In his ruling, US District Judge Kenneth Marra wrote that the victims “may take solace, however, in the fact that this litigation has brought national attention to the Crime Victims’ Rights Act and the importance of victims in the criminal justice system.”
In a new petition filed by Courtney Wild, she calls on an appeals court to overturn the ruling, and she uses her real name—rather than Jane Doe—because she says she believes it is “the best way to encourage other sexual assault victims to step forward.”
In the filing, her lawyer argues that the district court’s ruling should be overturned because it turns the Crime Victims’ Rights Act into a hollow promise for victims.
By refusing to overturn Epstein’s plea deal—not only did Judge Marra protect the convicted pedophile, he also protected all of Epstein’s connections who were covered by the non-prosecution agreement he signed.
Women like Ghislaine Maxwell, Sarah Kellen and Lesley Groff are named in lawsuits filed by multiple victims as co-conspirators who helped Epstein groom his victims.
In the latest filing, Wild calls for the sections of the non-prosecution agreement that protect Epstein’s co-conspirators to be thrown out. Her petition also requests a court hearing for Epstein’s victims, where they can share stories of how he preyed on them. And it calls on the government to release the important documents it has withheld in this case.
Now it remains to be seen how the appeals court will respond, and if dozens of women who claim they faced years of abuse when they were children at the hands of Epstein and members of his inner circle, will finally get justice.