On the night well-connected businessman Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in his cell during one of their shifts, a federal court rejected the federal government's criminal case against two New York City jail guards who admitted to forging records.
After prosecutors stated both Michael Thomas and Tova Noel complied with deferred prosecution agreements they agreed to last year, U.S. District Judge Analisa Torres in Manhattan dismissed the charges against them. Prosecutors announced last week that the charges should be withdrawn.
Epstein committed suicide in his cell on Aug. 10, 2019, while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges, according to a medical examiner. Epstein had previously been convicted and punished for the same accusations in 2008, despite having ties to high-profile politicians and businessmen.
In a release, attorney Jason Foy said that Noel, his client, had provided the government with “truthful insight into the toxic culture, subpar training, staffing shortages, and dysfunctional management of the now-closed Metropolitan Correctional Center. In exchange for Ms. Noel’s cooperation, all charges against her were dismissed.”
4 Jan 2022