New York prosecutors have found surveillance video of the area around Epstein’s cell that recorded the moment the billionaire pedophile would have attempted suicide. The footage had been reported missing on Wednesday, Dec. 18.
In a court appearance Thursday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York told Judge Kenneth Karas that the footage in question was preserved by staff at the Manhattan Metropolitan Correctional Center [MCC], where Epstein had been held, CNBC reported.
A day earlier, on Dec. 18, Assistant District Attorney Jason Swergold had admitted that no one could find the footage from outside the cell of the 66-year-old billionaire shared with quadruple murderer Nick Tartaglione.
Tartaglione’s lawyer, Bruce Barket, said a request had been made to preserve the footage two days after Epstein’s alleged failed suicide attempt on July 23.
There are at least two versions of what happened on that day, so the footage in question could be crucial.
For one thing, Epstein had told his lawyers that Tartaglione, a former cop in Briarcliff Manor, had tried to assault him and caused neck injuries, which led to him being taken off suicide watch, according to the New York Post.
But Tartaglione, who could face the death penalty, said he saved Epstein’s life after the pedophile tried to hang himself, according to the New York Daily News.
“Nick acted appropriately and admirably,” Barket said in a dialogue with the New York media.
The video is relevant to Tartaglione’s defense because it may be potential evidence of the former cop’s good character.
Should Tartaglione be found guilty and reach the death penalty stage, Epstein’s incident could be evidence of why he does not deserve to die.
The prosecutor’s office in charge of the file reported that the government is in the process of obtaining a copy of the MCC video and then “intends to make it available for defense counsel’s review at the United States Attorney’s Office,” CNBC said.
Bruce Barket, told CNBC in an email, “We are very pleased the video was preserved, as we had asked.”
Thirteen days after his alleged suicide attempt, Epstein was found dead in a different cell while awaiting trial for child sex trafficking.
The billionaire’s death has sparked a great deal of speculation as his testimony may have revealed the names of relevant people involved in the sex trafficking case.
In fact, Bill and Hillary Clinton stayed many times at Epstein’s ranch in New Mexico. Bill Clinton flew on Epstein’s planes dozens of times.
It has also been reported that the images taken outside the cell where his death occurred are useless.
Two correctional officers have already been charged with negligence of duty and falsification of records on the night of Epstein’s death.
Barket said Tartaglione has yet to be questioned about the financier’s suicide.