Ex-Palm Beach attorney blasts Alex Acosta over Epstein criticism – New York Post

A former Florida state attorney who was in office during billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s plea deal in the state slammed current Labor Secretary Alex Acosta, who on Wednesday defended his handling of the case.

Barry Krischer, who was the Palm Beach attorney during Epstein’s sex-trafficking case in the early 2000s, said Wednesday that Acosta “should not be allowed to rewrite history.”

Acosta, who was the US attorney in South Florida at the time, said at a news conference Wednesday that he gave Epstein a sweetheart no-prosecution plea deal because state prosecutors were prepared to let him walk free.

Acosta added that he didn’t want to “roll the dice and bring a federal indictment.”

“The district attorney of Palm Beach County recommended a single charge and that charge resulted in no jail time at all. No registration as a sexual offender and no restitution to the victims,” Acosta added.

Krischer countered that Acosta’s office had drafted an indictment that carried a life sentence if Epstein was convicted. The indictment was never filed, which led Epstein copping to two state prostitution charges.

Krischer charged the indictment was “abandoned after secret negotiations between Mr. Epstein’s lawyers and Mr. Acosta.”

“If Mr. Acosta was truly concerned with the State’s case and felt he ahd to rescue the matter, he would have moved forward with the 53-page indictment that his own office drafted,” he added.

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