Seven months ago, prosecutors cut a deal with the two guards who were on duty the night Jeffrey Epstein died.
It was revealed on December 30 that the case was not only deferred until the investigation was complete, the case has been dropped entirely — as of two weeks ago.
While Ghislaine Maxwell was on trial for sex crimes connected to Jeffrey Epstein, prosecutors quietly dropped the pending charges against Tova Noel and Michael Thomas.
The pair were accused of being lax on the job and lying on their mandatory paperwork. According to my previous reporting, “Though the two had filled out their paperwork as per usual, they falsified the documents to say that they had made all their rounds when they hadn’t. According to original reports, they missed their 3 am and 5 am rounds due to internet surfing and nap-taking.”
Though Epstein’s death was ruled a suicide, his brother Mark hired his own coroner who said the financier’s broken neck bones were more consistent with a homicide.
Noel and Thomas entered a deferred prosecution agreement in May. The prosecution agreed that their case wouldn’t be brought to trial until after they finished cooperating with the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General’s investigation into the circumstances of Epstein’s death. The report has yet to be released.
The paperwork to free Noel and Thomas was signed by the prosecution on December 13 but wasn’t filed until December 30, the day after Maxwell was found guilty on five of the six charges she faced.
According to Law & Crime, the document filed is known as a nolle prosequi. It is a legal notice that the prosecutor has decided to abandon the prosecution, “and in this case, it is routine paperwork formalizing an arrangement entered into this past spring.”epstein-guards-123021
In the nolle prosequi, Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicolas Roos wrote, “Under the agreements, prosecution was deferred for a period of six months during the term of Noel’s and Thomas’s good behavior, completion of community service, and satisfactory compliance with the terms of the agreement. The United States Pretrial Services Office has informed the Government that Noel and Thomas have complied with the terms of the agreement during the period of deferral, which expired on November 20, 2021.”
There is no word on why the filing was delayed by over two weeks.
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