Attorneys for part-time Palm Beach mega-millionaire Jeffrey Epstein on Thursday told a judge how and why he should be released from jail on bond.
Epstein, facing new federal charges of sex trafficking minors, proposes backing a bond for his release with a mortgage on his $77 million dollar New York mansion.
He also offers his private jet as collateral, as well as the home of his brother, who lives in West Palm Beach.
Epstein proposes awaiting trial at his Manhattan home on an ankle monitor, and grounding his jet.
Earlier in the week, federal prosecutors in New York called Epstein a flight risk and said they wanted him held without bond until the case is resolved.
The new charges allege from at least 2002 until 2005, Epstein and his employees recruited teen girls, some as young as 14, for nude massages at his homes in Palm Beach and New York.
The feds claim the massages led to sex acts.
In Thursday’s bond proposal, Epstein’s attorneys attacked the case and brought up his secret non-prosecution agreement with federal prosecutors in South Florida more than a decade ago.
That agreement, now under heavy scrutiny, led to Epstein pleading guilty in Palm Beach County and serving just 13 months in jail.
Epstein’s attorneys wrote in the bond proposal, “He intends to fight the current charges on their merits and, more, to contest their legality given the inextricable intertwining of the current investigation and his (agreement) ”
Former Palm Beach County homicide prosecutor and now criminal defense attorney Patrick McKamey said he saw that one coming.
“I imagine his defense team is probably going to try and make an argument the government should be stopped, or prevented, from being able to use any of that evidence, at least from the old Palm Beach case," McKamey said. “Because of the non-prosecution agreement, which he is going to argue he complied with and never violated, and that he served his state sentence, as was required."
Epstein’s attorneys also took issue with the sex trafficking charges, writing, “There are no allegations in the indictment that Mr. Epstein trafficked anybody for commercial profit; that he forced, coerced, defrauded or enslaved anybody.”
Prosecutors have until Friday to file a response to Epstein’s bail proposal.
A bond hearing is set for Monday.