Jeffrey Epstein’s sex trafficking trial will have a million pages of discovery, including materials on devices seized from his Manhattan mansion, lawyers said today.
The sex offender financier was back in court on Wednesday as his defense attorneys duked it out with prosecutors over how quickly to go to trial. The prosecution has requested a June date but the defense is fighting to delay until September 2020. The trial, prosecutors said, will last four to six weeks.
U.S. District Judge Richard Berman wasn’t ready to put a trial on the books, saying, “Let’s see where everybody is at as the months go by.”
Epstein walked into court with his eyeglasses on his head but no visible injuries, days after he reportedly hurt himself in his jail cell.
Also present in the courtroom was famed attorney Gloria Allred, who confirmed for The Daily Beast that she’s representing “a number of accusers.” Allred has repped a number of victims in high-profile #MeToo cases against Bill Cosby and Harvey Weinstein.
Allred is representing an undisclosed number of alleged victims, none of whom were involved in the previous Florida case, she said. Some of the victims came to her before Epstein’s July arrest, while others have reached out since then.
“There’s still time for any accusers to come forward … It is not too late to help in the process of seeking justice,” she said.
On the issue of the trial date, Epstein’s lawyer, Martin Weinberg, requested to wait until September of next year because of “double jeopardy” issues relating to the money-manager’s secret 2007 non-prosecution agreement.