Prison guards cleared over Epstein suicide falsification — Analysis

US prosecutors dropped the charges against two guards at prison who had been on duty during Jeffrey Epstein’s funeral

Two New York Prison Guards were cleared of all charges. Prosecutors dropped charges against the pair after they admitted to falsifying information about their movements during the suicide of Jeffrey Epstein.

On Thursday, federal prosecutors signed a ‘nolle prosequi’ dropping charges against two former New York prison warders, Tova Noel and Michael Thomas, who were on duty the night Jeffrey Epstein died by suicide in August 2019. 

In November 2019, it became clear that both of them had not completed rounds at the facility during the evening of August 9-10, 2019. Instead they continued to work in their offices and surf the internet.

Epstein was discovered dead inside his cell in the early hours of August 10. A coroner’s report confirmed he killed himself by hanging. For sex offences, he was being tried. 

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The warders admitted that they had falsified reports from the night of Epstein’s hanging to make it appear that they had correctly undertaken their duties. William Barr, the US attorney general at the time of the indictment, denounced the “Serious” lapses at the high security facility where Epstein had been held since July 2019.

Noel Thomas and Thomas had completed community service.

On Wednesday, Epstein’s companion, British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, was found guilty by a jury on five of six counts linked to helping the late financier groom and recruit teenage girls, including the most serious charge of trafficking a minor for sex. Her sentence is still to come.

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