Florida: Governor DeSantis Signs Legislation to Authorize the Release of Jeffrey Epstein Grand Jury Documents
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PALM BEACH, Fla. ~ Palm Beach, Florida - In a significant move towards transparency and justice, Governor Ron DeSantis signed HB 117 into law today. The bill allows for the public release of grand jury documents, including those related to the 2006 Florida investigation into convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

Joined by two of Epstein's victims in Palm Beach, Governor DeSantis emphasized the importance of holding perpetrators accountable regardless of their wealth or status. "The public deserves to know who participated in Jeffrey Epstein's sex trafficking," he stated. "Nobody should be protected from facing justice due to their wealth or status, and those who harm children should be exposed and punished to the fullest extent of the law."

Representative Peggy Gossett-Seidman also spoke at the event, highlighting the impact of Epstein's actions on Palm Beach County and its residents. "We parents kept our kids close as we followed this story," she said. "But we never stopped seeking the truth. The police investigated relentlessly, and now the Governor opens up the last chapter of this sordid story."

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The 2006 investigation by the Palm Beach Police Department resulted in a request for multiple felony charges against Epstein, including unlawful sexual activity with a minor and lewd or lascivious molestation. However, instead of directly charging Epstein, the State Attorney at that time chose to present evidence to a grand jury, ensuring that names and details would remain sealed.

Under HB 117, grand jury testimony can now be disclosed under certain conditions. These include if the subject of the inquiry is deceased, if it involves sexual activity with a minor, if it has been previously disclosed by court order, and if the state attorney is notified.

In light of these conditions being met in the Jeffrey Epstein case in Florida, this legislation will authorize release of grand jury documents when it goes into effect on July 1st, 2024. This marks a significant step towards transparency and accountability in the pursuit of justice for Epstein's victims and the community of Palm Beach.

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