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Deadline Passes in Epstein Case: Names of Associates Still Shrouded in Secrecy

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In a legal saga that has captivated public attention, a crucial deadline has come and gone in the unsealing of nearly 200 names connected to the notorious sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein. While court officials initially indicated that the unsealing process would commence today, the legal team representing Virginia Giuffre, one of Epstein’s most vocal accusers, warns that the documents might not see the light of day until next week.

The Jan. 1 deadline marked the end of the appeal period for John and Jane Does, individuals associated with Epstein, in a lawsuit against his convicted sex-trafficking accomplice, Ghislaine Maxwell. However, the court’s order lacked specific details about the timing of the next crucial step – the preparation and unsealing of documents containing the names of Epstein’s former associates, friends, employees, accusers, and potential accomplices.

According to reports from Fox News, U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska’s 51-page order from last month granted a two-week window for those named in connection to a 2015 lawsuit filed by Giuffre against Maxwell. The order stipulated that after this period, the legal teams were to confer, prepare the unsealing documents, and post them on the docket.

While the majority of the individuals, known as John and Jane Does, were not publicly identified in Giuffre’s lawsuit, Judge Preska ruled that their ties to Epstein were “widely publicized,” justifying the disclosure of their identities. Notable figures expected to be on the list include Prince Andrew, former President Clinton’s Prince Andrew aide, and possibly Clinton himself, according to reports from ABC News.

A significant exception to the unsealing pertains to “J. Doe 107.” Although not explicitly mentioned in the judge’s December order, her attorney sought a 30-day extension to present arguments for keeping her identity sealed. Judge Preska granted her until Jan. 22 to submit an affidavit, and documents related to Doe 107 will remain confidential until then.

The Epstein-related legal web extends beyond Giuffre’s case, involving lawsuits against JPMorgan Chase, alleging the bank aided Epstein’s crimes, and accusations against billionaire Leon Black. Meanwhile, Ghislaine Maxwell is serving a 20-year sentence for sex trafficking, and Prince Andrew settled his lawsuit with Giuffre, maintaining his denial of any wrongdoing.

As the legal proceedings unfold, the public remains on edge, awaiting the revelation of names that could shed light on the extent of Epstein’s network and the high-profile individuals entangled within it.

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Canadian-U.S. border illegal crossings up 240% over previous year

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The vulnerability of the northern border of the United States is being weaponized in the war on illegal migration. 2023 saw a 240% increase of individuals apprehended from just one year prior. Not only is the border with Canada significantly longer than its border with Mexico, but its ports of entry are often understaffed while the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is forced to prioritize the southern surge.

According to recent data from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, in 2023 authorities halted over 12,000 migrants attempting illegal crossings at the Canadian border. The number is a 240% increase from the preceding year when 3,579 individuals were apprehended.

ADN America reports that approximately 70% of the illegal crossings took place along a 295-mile stretch along the northern New York, Vermont, and New Hampshire border called the Swanton Sector.

Chief patrol agent for the sector, Robert Garcia, posted on social media that the 3,100 individuals apprehended were from 55 different countries. 

Garcia wrote “the record-breaking surge of illegal entries from Canada continues in Swanton Sector” and he specifically mentioned that the arrest of 10 Bangladeshi citizens was prompted by a citizen’s report in Champlain, New York.

Surprisingly, ADN reports:

A significant number of those engaging in illegal crossings are Mexicans who exploit the opportunity to fly to Canada without a visa, also avoiding the presence of cartels in their home countries.

Experts suggest that migrants can purchase a $350 one-way plane ticket from Mexico City or Cancun to Montreal or Toronto. This route is perceived as offering a lower likelihood of being turned away compared to those crossing the southern border.

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