The United States Attorney General, William Barr, announced Monday the dismissal of the dome of the Bureau of Prisons as a result of the suicide of tycoon Jeffrey Epstein in a federal prison in Manhattan.
The Director of the Office will be Kathleen Hawk Sawyer, who had previously held the position. His lieutenant will be Thomas Kane, also a veteran of the agency. The so far acting director of the Prison Service, Hugh Hurwitz, has returned to his previous position, also within the agency.
Epstein, accused of sexual exploitation, apparently committed suicide on August 10, saving himself at the age of 66 in the Special Housing Unit of the Manhattan Metropolitan Correctional Center.
The billionaire already had to be treated on July 25 after being found semi-unconscious and with marks on his neck also inside his cell.
The Epstein case acquired special notoriety for its relationship with the US political elite, from the Clinton marriage to the current White House tenant, Donald Trump.
THE TAXATION OF EPSTEIN
Epstein was charged with sexual trafficking of minors and conspiracy after the appearance of testimonies that placed him as head of a “vast network” of exploitation of minors from his mansions in Manhattan and Florida between 2002 and 2005.
He had previously been investigated by federal and local authorities for sexual crimes against underage girls, in a case that led to the resignation of the United States Secretary of Labor, Alex Acosta.
Acosta departed from his position after becoming known that, during his time as a prosecutor in Florida, he reached a secret agreement to reduce a sentence against Epstein.