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Julie K. Brown

The Jeffrey Epstein Story

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Perversion of Justice by Julie K. Brown exposes Jeffrey Epstein's sexual exploitation ring, corrupt prosecutors, and their role in protecting him. It's a chilling true story that unfolds with journalistic excellence and sheds light on the deep-rooted issues of justice system perversion in the US.

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    In looking for a new angle on the Epstein case, Brown quickly saw how big it was.

    It was in 2016 when author and Miami Herald reporter Julie K. Brown began to dig into the Jeffrey Epstein case. By that time, it had already been eight years since a criminal case in Florida had resulted in Epstein pleading guilty to procuring an underage girl for prostitution and agreeing to be registered as a sex offender. He was sentenced to 18 months in prison, though he didn’t spend much time behind bars.

    The plea deal that the state prosecutors struck with Epstein and his vast team of lawyers had always seemed questionable to Brown. And in 2016, the case was once again gaining attention in a number of different ways.

    The key message here is: In looking for a new angle on the Epstein case, Brown quickly saw how big it was.

    One of the things that sparked new interest in the Epstein case was several women coming forward to accuse the presidential nominee, Donald Trump, of inappropriate sexual contact. One had filed a lawsuit that stated she’d been raped by both Trump and Epstein when she was only 13 years old.

    At the same time, a cursory look showed that since the 2008 criminal case had closed, around 30 civil lawsuits had been filed by women with similar stories of being entrapped by Epstein and forced to perform sexual acts.

    Still, this was all old news. None of it added up into the kind of investigative report that Brown was hoping her editor would sign off on. But then, after Trump won the election, another enticing angle emerged. The 2008 plea deal had largely been arranged by Alexander Acosta, who was US Attorney for the Southern District of Florida. And in April 2017, Trump chose Acosta to become the new US Secretary of Labor. Acosta’s involvement in the plea deal wasn’t getting much attention from the press, and this fresh angle was enough for Brown’s editor to agree to a deeper look into what had happened.

    This investigation revealed a shocking level of injustice. While the plea deal was based around one or two cases of what was called underage prostitution, police and prosecutors knew of literally dozens of victims. And it wasn’t hard to see that these women were likely only the tip of the iceberg.

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    What is Perversion of Justice about?

    Perversion of Justice (2021) reveals how a reporter for the Miami Herald broke the story behind Jeffrey Epstein’s sex crimes and the scandalous deal he got from the US justice system in 2008. It explains the history of the case, how the mysterious financier was able to escape justice for so long, and the important questions that remain unanswered.

    Perversion of Justice Review

    Perversion of Justice (2022) is a powerful exposé by Julie K. Brown that unearths shocking and disturbing truths surrounding a high-profile case. Here's why you should read it:

    • With at its core, the book uncovers an intricate web of corruption, revealing the beyond-belief extent of the scandal.
    • Through and gripping accounts, it keeps readers engrossed, leaving no room for boredom.
    • The author's shine through, making this book a must-read for anyone interested in justice and human rights.

    Who should read Perversion of Justice?

    • Anyone curious how a serial sex offender can elude punishment
    • Fans of true crime investigations
    • People interested in the ongoing mystery behind Epstein and his accomplices

    About the Author

    Julie K. Brown is a veteran journalist and investigative reporter who’s been working for the Miami Herald for over 20 years. Her writing has been awarded two George Polk Awards as well as a National Press Club award.

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