The lawyer for Jeffrey Epstein’s former cellmate is requesting a probe into why surveillance video from July 22-23, 2019 was destroyed.
Epstein was found on July 23 with a bedsheet around his neck inside the Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in Manhattan.
Bruce Barket, the attorney for Epstein’s former cellmate Nicholas Tartaglione, is calling for White Plains federal court Judge Kenneth Karas to grant a hearing into how the MCC could have destroyed this footage. Barket says he asked that it be preserved for his defense of Tartaglione, a former cop who was charged with killing four men.
The MCC “inadvertently preserved video from the wrong tier within the MCC and as a result, video from outside the defendant’s cell on July 22-23, 2019 no longer exists,” court documents say.
In his letter to Judge Karas, Barket made specific requests regarding the surveillance footage.
“Accordingly, we ask that the Court conduct a hearing to determine (1) how the video was destroyed, who was responsible for its destruction, and why it was not preserved; (2) whether there are any witnesses who reviewed the video footage prior to its destruction who can describe what they observed, and, in turn, preserve at least some the video’s exculpatory value; and (3) whether and to what extent the destruction of the video was deliberate or reckless, and whether there was any bad faith on the part of the Government in connection with the video’s destruction,” Barket wrote.
According to a report from Fox News, Tartaglione is currently facing the death penalty.
Even Epstein’s attorneys have requested that footage from his detainment be released. There is still no surveillance video from any of the successful and unsuccessful attempts on his life.
“We are not satisfied with the conclusions of the medical examiner. We will have a more complete response in the coming days,” Epstein’s attorneys said in a statement on August 16, 2019. “We plan to conduct our own independent and complete investigation into the circumstances and cause of Mr. Epstein’s death.”
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