Monday, July 08, 2019
Epstein's case proves that billionaires can wind up held in jail for a long time; does FOSTA matter here?
The arrest of Jeffrey Epstein shows that billionaires can go to jail and probably be denied bail as flight risks, if there is probable cause that “they” participated in sex trafficking or child pornography (they often go together). In Epstein’s case, it seems that most of this was going on in Florida, but his homes in NYC also contained plenty of “illegal” material. Here is the Daily Beast story by Harry Siegel et al.
I guess you can be in the privileged set at Mar a Lago and wind up in jail.
It is fair to say that this prosecution would probably work even if the FOSTA law had not been passed. But the fallout may include more suspicion online of some websites or video channels.
Although probably not at issue here, another possibility is that someone can be framed.