A statement by Barbara Sampson released to the media reads:
After careful review of all investigative information, including complete autopsy findings, the determination on the death of Jeffrey Epstein is below—
Epstein, who was found in his cell, reportedly with a bedsheet noose around his neck and in cardiac arrest on Saturday morning, was declared dead at a local hospital shortly after. The cause of death was slow to be confirmed as the medical examiner weighed evidence of broken bones in Epstein’s neck, which had reportedly raised concerns of a homicide by strangulation.
According to CNN reporter Erica Orden, lawyers representing Epstein’s interests believe the official investigation has fallen short, putting out a statement insisting, “We are not satisfied with the conclusions of the medical examiner.” The legal team is vowing to conduct an independent investigation of Epstein’s demise.
Epstein’s lawyers have put out a statement saying “we are not satisfied with the conclusions of the medical examiner. We will have a more complete response in the coming days.” pic.twitter.com/EhmdEBLrlR
— erica orden (@eorden) August 16, 2019
The split between the medical examiner and Epstein’s legal team is likely to fuel the conspiracy theories that have sprouted after the death of the wealthy Epstein, under indictment for having been at the center of a teen sex ring.
Epstein moved in elite circles and boasted of keeping the secrets of powerful people. His friends and acquaintances ranged from presidents Donald Trump and Bill Clinton to princes Andrew of England and Mohammad bin Salman of Saudi Arabia. (Only the Duke of York has been implicated in Epstein’s alleged trafficking of teens; Buckingham Palace released a statement this week insisting of the prince: “Any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors is categorically untrue.”)
With a ruling of suicide, the blame for Epstein’s death in federal custody is will blow back on the Department of Justice. The pair of Metropolitan Correctional Center employees who were on watch the night of Epstein’s death — only one of whom was employed as a corrections officer — reportedly fell asleep on the night that he killed himself, and may have falsified records attempting to cover up for their misfeasance. The employees were suspended. The jail’s warden, who approved taking Epstein off of suicide watch 12 days before his death, has been reassigned.
If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255). You can also reach out to the Crisis Text Line, a free, 24/7 confidential text messaging service that provides support to people in crisis when they text 741741.