The two corrections officers on duty the night Jeffrey Epstein died in a Manhattan jail cell have been charged with falsifying prison records. The charges center around the guards' failure to check in on Epstein every 30 minutes, as required, and then covering it up by falsifying prison records.
According to prosecutors, the officers – Michael Thomas and Tova Noel – were working overtime and aside from being seen sleeping on the job, they were also seen surfing the Internet. The officers were placed on administrative leave after the convicted pedophile was found hanging in his jail cell on August 10th. Epstein's cell was just 15-feet away from where the officers were holed up.
Thomas and Noel have pleaded not guilty and will be released on a $100,000 bond.
In a more bizarre moment on Capitol Hill yesterday, Louisiana Senator John Kennedy offered a very curious quip about the case. During a Judiciary Committee hearing about the ongoing investigations involving the death of Jeffrey Epstein, Kennedy joked that “three things that don't hang themselves are Christmas ornaments, drywall and Jeffrey Epstein.” Kennedy was addressing Kathleen Sawyer, who heads the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Epstein was found dead in his jail cell and officials said he hung himself. Kennedy urged Sawyer to conduct a thorough investigation and urged her not to rush it.
Source: Wall Street Journal