Don’t Allow Lenient Sentence for Sex Offender Without Victims’ Knowledge

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Target: Wilfredo A. Ferrer, United States District Attorney

Goal: Reexamine a sex offender’s plea bargain and protect the rights of sexual assault victims.

The rights of sexual assault victims were ignored when a convicted sex offender received a “sweetheart” deal without their knowledge. Demand a reexamination of this case and protect the rights of the victims of this devastating crime.

Jeffrey Epstein pleaded guilty to soliciting an underage prostitute. The federally brokered deal gave him a reduced 13-month sentence and a work release. Over 40 alleged victims came forward. Only 30 of them were reportedly informed of the hearing. If all alleged victims had been allowed to speak against this lenient deal, then it likely would not have been granted.

The Crime Victims’ Rights Act of 2004 (CVRA) states that a crime victim “has the right to reasonable, accurate, and timely notice of any public court proceeding, or any parole proceeding, involving the crime,” the right to be “informed in a timely manner of any plea bargain,” and the right “not to be excluded from any such public proceeding.”

Sign below to demand a penalty for this assault on victim’s rights.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear District Attorney Ferrer,

The rights of sexual assault victims have been trampled upon in the case of Jeffrey Epstein. The financier plead guilty to soliciting an underage prostitute. The plea deal was brokered in the absence of at least 10 of the alleged victims.

Epstein’s alleged victims were not made aware of his hearing or suggested deal. This goes against the CVRA and negates the deal’s validity.

Sexual assault, in itself, strips its victims of their rights. It is essential that the courts uphold their rights  under the law. We demand that you reexamine this case and give these alleged victims a voice.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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