Adam Klasfeld @KlasfeldReports Reporter, @CourthouseNews: NYC+Int’l. RTs=What's it to ya? adam[at]adamklasfeld[dot]com PGP Fingerprint: F427 EE3B 6F05 E5D5 785B 775B 2C74 683C 219D 91DC Aug. 01, 2019 1 min read

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 

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: 

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. 

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