‘Outrageous to decent people’: Disgusted judge finally releases Jeffrey Epstein rape testimony that preceded sweetheart plea deal

Court officials in Florida have finally released long-secret grand jury documents from the 2006 investigation into notorious sex offender and financier Jeffrey Epstein, a probe that ended with an infamous sweetheart plea deal and immunity for alleged co-conspirators.

In a court order issued Monday, Circuit Judge Luis Delgado granted a request by the Palm Beach Post newspaper to release grand jury transcripts, which Florida law had previously barred from being made public.

As Delgado noted, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis in February signed into law a bill that created an exception to the grand jury documents law that appeared targeted at defendants such as Epstein, one that “significantly modified the definition of ‘furthering justice’ to expressly include furthering a public interest,” Delgado wrote in the order.

“It cannot be understated that the amendment to the law very clearly allows what previously was not legally permissible,” wrote Delgado, who noted that the law had previously prohibited him from releasing the transcripts.

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