NEW: The Second Circuit comes out against a "two-tiered bail system" allowing wealthy defendants to fund their own bespoke, pre-trial jails, in the case of an accused money launderer.
Makes Epstein's appeal even more remote. cc: @CourthouseNews http://www.ca2.uscourts.gov/decisions/isysquery/66b4811a-ba30-4cce-b330-f218cb2d2bd5/1/doc/19-1018_opn.pdf#xml=http://www.ca2.uscourts.gov/decisions/isysquery/66b4811a-ba30-4cce-b330-f218cb2d2bd5/1/hilite/ …
Notable: This ruling cites the Zarrab bail denial by Judge Berman, who is presiding over Epstein's case.
More on the Zarrab bail decision here: https://www.courthousenews.com/cushy-bail-package-nixed-in-iran-sanctions-case/ …
Even beyond the Epstein case, this is a big deal. Wealthy defendants have funded their private pre-trial jails for a long time in multiple cases.
No longer, where the Second Circuit has jurisdiction.
Quick caveat: The decision does not necessarily abolish wealthy defendants from pre-trial release in their secured homes, but narrows the circumstances when this can be done.
The ability to fund armed guards no longer gets a defendant bail.
ICYMI: My story on today’s Second Circuit ruling, which strikes a blow against the “two-tiered bail system“ that Epstein hoped would give him a chance to await trial inside his $77 million Upper East Side mansion.
No comment yet from his attorneys. https://www.courthousenews.com/before-epstein-appeal-circuit-bashes-two-tiered-bail-system …
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