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Thursday, April 6, 2017

How Far Down the Rabbit Hole: Moralist Ken Starr Explains His Help For Billionaire Pervert Jeffrey Epstein

Moralist Ken Starr Explains His Help For Billionaire Pervert Jeffrey Epstein
By Andrew Kreig Justice Integrity Report

Prince Andrew with Virginia Roberts when she was 17

Famed educator and legal scholar Ken Starr led a forum last week at the National Press Club to inspire faith-based instruction — and then was asked to describe why he had helped billionaire Jeffrey Epstein avoid serious prison time in 2008 on allegations Epstein had molested dozens of  underage girls.

The president and chancellor of Baylor University, responding to a question after the close of a forum he led Feb. 4 on “The Calling of Faith-based Universities,” told me he was “very happy” to help serve a client of his former law firm, Chicago-based Kirkland & Ellis. Starr, a former federal judge and U.S. solicitor general, is shown at left.

Thus, as so often the case in public life in the nation’s capital, a stark contrast arose between high-minded rhetoric and subservience to the wealthy.

Attorneys arranged a sweetheart plea deal for Epstein in 2008. Starr played a key role in arranging lenient treatment for Epstein whose federal-state prosecution a decade ago occurred concurrently under the administrations of President George W. Bush and his brother, Florida Governor Jeb Bush (1999-2007) and Jeb Bush's successor Charlie Crist (2007-2011), who had been state attorney general during the beginning of the Epstein case.

A plaintiff "Jane Doe 3," later identified as a California native Virginia Roberts, accused Epstein as treating her as a "sex slave" beginning when she was 15 as part of a massive sex trafficking operation he ran exploiting girls in their mid-teens, below the legal age of consent.

Roberts, now 31, claimed that Epstein farmed her out to other men, including Prince Andrew of the British royal family, Epstein's attorney Dershowitz, and French modeling scout Jean Luc Brunel.

The California native said the photo below left portrays her at center with Prince Andrew, also known as the Duke of York, on a trip to London when she was 17 in 2001. At right was Ghislaine Maxwell, the socialite daughter of the corrupt newspaper tycoon Robert Maxwell, who drowned in 1991 after toppling overboard from his yacht Lady Ghislaine. The death left one of the world's largest media empires with a reported $3 billion in debts.

Roberts alleged that the Ghislaine Maxwell was girlfriend of the never-married Epstein's who helped him both maintain contacts to top levels of society, recruited teenage sex consorts, and sometimes participated in the sex abuse, including of Roberts. The Roberts claims are part of her effort along with a Jane Doe 4 to join a suit filed six years ago by Jane Doe 1 and 2 against the federal government for violation of civil rights in agreeing to an overly lenient state plea deal for Epstein in 2008.

The federal-state agreement enabled Epstein to spend just eight hours a day in a county jail and for authorities to agree not to prosecute anyone else. South Florida lawyer and Ring of Fire radio host Mike Papantonio commented last week that the no-prosecution deal "is unheard of....That never happens."

Maxwell, Epstein, Andrew, and Dershowitz are among those who have denied the major allegations by Roberts, as have federal authorities. Epstein, in his first formal remarks on the revived scandal, last month condemned the “media frenzy” surrounding the case. He wrote that he and his associates “have been the subject of the most outlandish and offensive attacks, allegations, and plain inventions.”

The prince issued a strongly-worded denial via Buckingham Palace, saying "any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors is categorically untrue."

As a big picture, Epstein's money-making talents were exceptional.

A list of Epstein's contacts compiled by a Florida house manager listed access information for the Queen of England, the current King of Saudi Arabia, former President Clinton, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, rock stars at the Mick Jagger and Michael Jackson level, fashion gurus, media moguls, and financiers at the Rothschild and Rockefeller level, among dozens of others wealthy, powerful contacts.

Their precise relationships with Epstein remain unclear in many instances, which is a natural consequence of the slap-on-the-wrist plea deal for him that short-circuited disclosure in the courts.

A week ago, the Daily Beast focused heavily on Starr's role in a column entitled, Conservative Scold Ken Starr Got A Billionaire Pedophile Off. Reporter M.S. Nestel described how Epstein faced life sentences if authorities pursued their heavy documentation that he had assaulted and exploited high school girls on a systematic basis. Instead, the billionaire was sentenced for a single state charge of soliciting a prostitution.

Epstein went to jail nights for 13 months in a special wing of a local jail, maintained his freedom during the day, and emerged in 2011 to scoff at his critics, as reported by the New York Post in Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein: I’m a sex offender, not a predator. The newspaper reported that imperious ex-con used his $50 million New York City mansion to celebrate his release from a Florida jail "with his close pal, Britain’s Prince Andrew."

Starr is, of course, the former federal judge and the independent prosecutor whom fellow judge David Sentelle, a Federalist Society activist supervising the nation's independent counsels for 14 years, had appointed to replace a prior investigator of President Bill Clinton's Whitewater financial transactions.

Failing to find actionable evidence on his mandate of investigating Whitewater, Starr aggressively expanded his $70 million probe to pursue sex scandal allegations after he received a tip about about consensual sexual activity by youthful Defense Department employee, Monica Lewinsky.

Under Starr in January 1998, federal authorities ambushed Lewinsky while she was shopping at a food court in January 1998. She described in a 2014 Washington Post article, Lewinsky mistreated by authorities, her tears and panic while authorities held her during a 12-hour interrogation without a lawyer in a hotel room.

Agreeing finally to wear a wire to incriminate the president, Lewinsky helped Starr secure evidence that the president engaged in oral sex, leading to Clinton's false denials of the acts. The House then impeached Clinton before he saved his presidency by narrowly winning acquittal in the Senate.

The Epstein case is worth studying in part because of the high stakes for sex scandals and blackmail at such levels. The Epstein scandal illustrates, yet again, a two-tiered American justice system where wealth and political influence can often win lenient treatment even in heinous, well-documented cases.

Furthermore, as we explore in a second part of our ongoing coverage this week, suppressed but videotaped sex scandals at this level of society and governance poses a serious threat of blackmail and other corrupt influence-peddling on major government and business decision-making.

As a preview: The Guardian on Feb. 7 published Video exists of underage sex with powerful men, based on a new affidavit Roberts filed the previous day. Her claim that the FBI likely possesses video alleges the goal of blackmail.

The plaintiff filings also claimed, "Epstein instructed Jane Doe #3 that she was to give the prince whatever he demanded and required Jane Doe #3 to report back to him on the details of the sexual abuse." Roberts claimed that Epstein’s "‘lending’ of young girls to prominent international figures – foreign presidents and U.S. politicians and businessmen among them – was to ‘ingratiate’ himself and ‘so that he could potentially blackmail them."

Roberts wrote also: “There were times when I was physically abused to the point that I remember fearfully thinking that I didn’t know whether I was going to survive,” Roberts said in a new court filing last week.

We have examined such matters for years at the Justice Integrity Project and in my recent book, Presidential Puppetry: Obama, Romney and Their Masters Too often, the bottom line in a court case is not merely the law but hidden politics.

In sum, the Epstein saga raises serious question about favoritism if not corruption in the courts even if plaintiffs' allegations are overblown. The immunity agreement for alleged co-conspirators is so irregular that it reeks of a cover-up.

For busy readers, that is this column's gist. Others should read on if interested in more detail.
This material includes amplification of Starr's explanation of his work for Epstein and Starr's advocacy, delivered last week along with the presidents of Yeshiva and Catholic Universities, for faith-based instruction to help guide students in navigating through difficult ethical issues they will face in their lives.


Epstein's conviction was a triumph of defense lawyering. The charge of soliciting a prostitute did not carry the stigma and penalties of systematic sexual abuse of girls not old enough to provide informed consent under the law. The age of legal consent varies widely from jurisdiction to jurisdiction in the United States, but most states set the age between 14 and 18. Those adults found guilty of sexual activities with mid-teen minors are liable to such charges as child sexual abuse, statutory rape, illegal carnal knowledge, and corruption of a minor.

EVEN FURTHER DOWN THE RABBIT HOLE

UPDATE: A 39-page exhibit by a Palm Beach attorney, Bradley Edwards, cites evidence that Epstein molested one girl more than 50 times beginning at age 13 and that she was paid $200 apiece for recruiting more than 70 other underage girls to submit to similar treatment. Edwards cited evidence of other young female recruiters who brought multiple victims into Epstein's mansion for similar fees. The evidence was for defense of a state court suit, Epstein v. Rothstein and Edwards, that the billionaire brought against two lawyers trying to make money by representing underage victims. Epstein dropped the suit in 2012 after defendant Scott Rothstein was charged with a major Ponzi scheme described below.  

The lenient plea deal for Epstein without thorough follow-up infuriated one or more grunt-level investigators. At what must have been great risk for reprisal, one of them helped make sure the evidence became public on the Internet and elsewhere, usually with the victim names deleted to protect privacy.

The prosecution plea deal let authorities provide Epstein a modest sentence and barred prosecution (and thus even investigation) of any of Epstein's many world-famous guests, traveling companions, sex trafficking junior accomplices, and other cronies.

Columnist Wayne Madsen has combined the tabloid elements of the Epstein case with investigative dimensions based on his 14 years experience as a Navy Intelligence officer and recent inspection of the federal court file in West Palm Beach.

In four columns last month, Madsen reported that Epstein's lawyers have fought a fierce but so far unsuccessful effort to seal documents.

Madsen has often reported that prominent members of politics and the media have secret intelligence ties. Madsen has, for example, reiterated Seymour Hersh's 1991 scoop that the press lord Maxwell had been a longtime asset for the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad before his death.
 
Madsen is among those who have also reported that the world's largest insurance company, the American International Group (AIG), became after its founding by Ken Starr's uncle, the late Cornelius V. Starr (1892-1968), a vital component of CIA operations in high-level intrigues spanning the globe.
 
Cornelius Starr's successor beginning 1960 was his chauffeur's son Maurice "Hank" Greenberg, who would become both a multi-billionaire and a serious candidate in 1996 to become CIA director after authoring "Making Intelligence Smarter: The Future of U.S. Intelligence," a major strategic memo published by the Council on Foreign Relations.
 
During the financial crisis of 2008-09, AIG received from the holdover Bush and incoming Obama officials approval for $182 billion in federal bailouts from taxpayers under suspicious circumstances -- and then awarded its senior executives more than a billion dollars in bonuses.
 
Several years earlier, New York Attorney Gen. Eliot Spitzer, right, had infuriated AIG and other Wall Street executives by his aggressive investigations of AIG along with other Wall Street defendants whom Spitzer accused of securities fraud and similar white collar offenses. With complex operations in more than 100 nations, AIG had been reporting for years false profits on a massive scale.
 
But Spitzer's bank reported to the U.S. Treasury Department financial transactions involving Spitzer, a Democrat who was by then New York's governor potentially poised for a bright future as a corruption-fighter. Agents traced the governor's spending to the Emperors Club, which turned out to be an escort service providing expensive call girls. The New York Times obtained leaked information from authorities. The newspaper reported on March 10, 2008 that Spitzer had used prostitutes on multiple occasions, including one repeatedly profiled.
 
In disgrace, Spitzer resigned as governor the same week, thereby illustrating to court watchers the dangers a corrupt life-style -- especially when combined with investigating powerful entities. Clearly, even an investigator's supposedly confidential personal banking information could find its way to the front page.
 
Virginia Roberts, 31, said she was a runaway at age 11, and a "sex slave" for Epstein beginning at 15. At age 19, she said she received indications she was getting too old for him, and married an Australian. As reported in the Guardian story Feb. 7:
 
Dismissed as a liar and a fantasist by Epstein allies, Roberts filed with her affidavit on Friday previously undisclosed receipts for a flight from New York to Thailand in September 2002 and a stay costing several thousand dollars at the Royal Princess hotel in Chiang Mai. All the bills appeared to have been paid for by “J Epstein.”
 
Roberts, who says she was recruited for Epstein at 15, has previously alleged that she was sent on the Thailand trip by Epstein to learn Thai massage and interview a Thai girl “to bring back to the United States” for him. Instead, she says, she met a man whom she married and fled with him to Australia for more than a decade.
 
Government prosecutors say that Roberts was properly notified about the plea deal at the time it was struck and has waited too long to join the lawsuit. Roberts argues that she did not fully understand the letter sent to her by prosecutors and was too scared of repercussions from Epstein’s powerful friends to come out of hiding.
 
The Smoking Gun (TSG), for example, reported this week in Inside Wealthy Pervert's Massage "Black Book," Senator's galpal listed in Jeffrey Epstein's rub roster Epstein’s “black book,” an exhibit to a court filing in a civil suit brought against Epstein by two of his minor victims, consisted of 181 pages that contain contact information for billionaires (Bronfman, Stern, Bloomberg, Koch, Wexner, Zuckerman, Kravis, Rockefeller), multimillionaires (Trump), celebrities, journalists, and socialites. 

The Roberts claims alleging sexual exploitation by author, attorney and longtime Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz, now a resident of Miami Beach, have been particularly prominent because he was a member of the Epstein legal team who helped choose Ken Starr. She claimed to have had sex with him six times.

We now revisit the Ken Starr-led forum Feb. 4 at the National Press Club, which was part of a series of Washington programs organized by Baylor, which is based in Waco, TX.

Baylor, founded in 1845, defines itself as a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution."

Starr moderated a discussion with two other university presidents, John Garvey of Catholic University of America and Richard Joel of Yeshiva University. Baylor bought a promotional ad in the Sunday Washington Post for Feb. 1.

Dershowitz denied assaulting Roberts or ever meeting her.

At the end of the last week's event, I discovered an old friend was among the attendees and together we decided to approach the forum moderator, Starr. My friend's father had been a White House correspondent in the 1960s. He has long been concerned (like the forum speakers) with the harm that lax moral standards cause society. As part of that, he is sensitive to gross injustice.

As Starr gathered up his lecture notes and prepared to leave, I took the lead in thanking the speaker for an enlightening discussion. He smiled in friendly fashion. What follows are my notes reconstructing the conversation immediately afterward.

"But since it is the Press Club," I continued, "I hope you don't mind if I ask a question."

"Fire away!" he responded cheerfully. The Duke Law School graduate, a former law clerk to the late Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger from 1975 to 1977, has argued 36 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, including 25 during his service as solicitor general from 1989 to 1993. So, he has every reason to be confident in handling any question.

"In view of the topic of tonight's discussion," I said, "isn't it incongruous that you chose to represent Jeffrey Epstein?"

"I don't think I want to answer that. This involves the attorney-client privilege."

"I appreciate that because I'm a lawyer also. But I'm not asking for any privileged secrets. And I understand that everyone's entitled to a lawyer. But why you?"

He paused a moment, and responded with slightly more formality, "I was very happy to respond to the needs of a client of the firm."

We thanked him for his time and moved on. In a post-mortem outside, my friend told me, "Well, you got your answer. It's about the money, isn't it?"

Black Book Names

Editor's Note: Here are some of the better known names listed in a list of Jeffrey Epstein contacts maintained by his late, longtime Florida housekeeper Alfredo Rodriguez and now entered into the federal court docket in Miami. 

Queen Elizabeth
Prince Andrew, Duke of York
Saudi Arabia's Prince Salman (recently named king)
Edward de Rothschild
Evelyn de Rothschild
David Rockefeller
*****
Ehud Barak
David Blaine
Tony Blair
Michael Bloomberg
Edgar Bronfman
Jean Luc Brunel
Jimmy Buffet
Richard Branson
Bill Clinton
Philip Dunne
Ralph Fiennes
Princess Firyal, wife Prince Muhammad bin Talal of Jordan
Rocco Forte
Alan Dershowitz
Bernie Ecclestone and Flavio Briatore (Formula One)
Sarah Ferguson
Steve Forbes (Forbes magazine)
Katie Ford (former Ford modeling agency CEO).
David Frost
Mariella Frostrup
Lloyd Grossman
Liz Hurley
Michael Jackson
Mick Jagger
Edward Kennedy
Ethel Kennedy
John Kerry
Henry Kissinger
Edward Koch
Courtney Love
Lord Peter Mandelson
Eric Margolis
John Micklethwait (Economist editor in chief)
George Mitchell
Rupert Murdoch
David Putnam
Bill Richardson
Gerald Ronson
Charlie Rose
Jessica Rothschild
Hannah Rothschild
Jeffrey Sachs
Edmund Saffra
James Sainsbury
Rupert Soames
Peter Soros
Harry Sutherland
Hugo Swire
Alfred Taubman
Donald Trump
Ivana Trump
Barbara Walters
Les Wexner
Elie Wiesel
Shaun Woodward
Toby Young

Updates

Reuters, Defamation lawsuits involving U.S. lawyer Dershowitz end in settlement, David Ingram, April 8, 2016. Prominent U.S. lawyer Alan Dershowitz and two victims' rights attorneys on Friday withdrew claims from a Florida court that they defamed each other during a legal fight about a woman who said she was trafficked for sex as an underage girl.
 
"The parties believe it is time to take advantage of the new information that has come to light on both sides during the litigation and put these matters behind them," the three lawyers said in a joint statement on Friday. The defamation lawsuits stemmed from claims that the woman, Virginia Giuffre, made in another court in December 2014 that she was forced as a girl to have sex with Dershowitz, the UK's Prince Andrew, and other men. Dershowitz and Prince Andrew denied the allegations, and the allegations were later stricken from court records.
 
"Dershowitz completely denies any such misconduct, while not disputing Roberts’s [Giuffre] statements that the underlying alleged misconduct may have occurred with someone else," the three lawyers said in the statement.
 
IBC Times, Roberts claims FBI have videos of her having sex with high-profile people, Priya Joshi, Feb. 7, 2015. Virginia Roberts said she often feared for her life after being subjected to physical abuse by Epstein's friends. "Without going into the details of the sexual activities I was forced to endure, there were times when I was physically abused to the point that I remember fearfully thinking that I didn't know whether I was going to survive." She adds that when she told Epstein about the abuse, the billionaire responded saying "you get that sometimes."
 
Mirror, Prince Andrew may have been secretly filmed with underage girl he is alleged to have abused, Matthew Drake, Jan. 3, 2015. Prince Andrew's tycoon pal may have taken compromising photos of him with the underage girl he is alleged to have abused. Details buried in original court papers filed against pervert Jeffrey Epstein, 61, reveal that he recorded the sordid orgies he threw for VIPs at his luxury homes using cameras hidden in the walls of guest bedrooms. The financier, who was jailed for 18 months in 2008 after pleading guilty to solicitation for prostitution, kept a sickening stash of images on a computer seized at his Palm Beach mansion in 2006.
 
Not even Epstein’s conviction for abusing underage girls appeared to dent their bond. Three years after Epstein’s downfall in 2008, Prince Andrew and Epstein were photographed strolling together in New York’s Central Park. It caused acute embarrassment and cost the prince his job representing Britain as a trade envoy. Even his staunchest defenders at Buckingham Palace ‘had their heads in their hands’, according to an informed source. ‘This is just indefensible.
 
Update: Washington Post, Baylor rape scandal involves recruiting ‘hostess’ program. These things still exist? Will Hobson, Feb 2, 2017. The NCAA passed a rule to move such groups out of athletic departments in 2004, but recent scandals illustrate their persistence -- and perils. The latest lawsuit against Baylor University alleging rampant rape committed by football players with impunity has again cast attention on college “hostess clubs,” groups of women often selected for appearance and personality to greet prized high school football recruits when they visit campus.

More than a decade after the NCAA changed its rules to discourage the once-common groups, now viewed on many campuses as archaic, they continue to feature prominently in sexual-assault and recruiting scandals in college sports. In the lawsuit filed Friday against Baylor, in which plaintiff Elizabeth Doe claims she was gang-raped by two football players in April 2013, Doe says she joined the football hostess program “Baylor Bruins” when she arrived at the Baptist university’s Waco, Tex., campus in the fall of 2012.
 
Washington Post, Ex-Baylor president Ken Starr could get Trump administration position, Des Bieler, Feb. 10, 2017. Ken Starr, known for his role in the Monica Lewinsky investigation during Bill Clinton’s presidency and, more recently, for leaving high-level positions at Baylor University amid the football program’s ongoing sexual-assault scandal, is reportedly close to joining President Trump’s administration. Starr is among a handful of candidates in the running to be named ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom at the State Department.
 
A lawsuit to overturn a secret and controversial sealed wrist slap plea deal that got Epstein a mere 15 months in a Palm Beach Halfway house, may reveal what Clinton was doing on the island and why Clinton flew on Epstein’s plane 10 times to party abroad, according to FAA Logs. One woman abused on the island by Epstein told the UK Daily Mail Clinton was provided with two women “no older than 17″ when he visited Epstein’s island. A lawsuit to overturn the secret plea and a secondary defamation suit deal filed by a respected former Judge and a Fort Lauderdale lawyer.

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