An alleged victim of pedophile Jeffrey Epstein has accused federal prosecutors of violating her rights when they offered the sex offender a secret plea deal — and is now asking the Supreme Court to overturn an appeals court ruling that stops her from suing.
Courtney Wild, who claims she was abused by Epstein when she was just 14, says prosecutors defied the Crime Victims’ Rights Act when they concealed the so-called “sweetheart deal” from her.
The deal allowed the late multimillionaire pedophile to dodge federal charges involving more than 30 underage victims.
Prosecutors instead allowed Epstein to plead guilty to two state felonies related to soliciting a minor for sex, without telling the victims.
Epstein served just 13 months in the private wing of a county jail after pleading guilty to the prostitution-related charges — a far cry from the 14 to 17 years he potentially faced behind bars.
Wild is now urging the Supreme Court to overturn a June appeals court ruling that stopped her from suing the Justice Department to enforce her rights as a victim.
The 11th US Circuit Court of Appeals found the government’s secret plea deal was “shameful” but ruled Wild could not sue because Epstein was not criminally prosecuted.
“Because the [federal] government never filed charges against Epstein, there was no pre-existing proceeding in which Ms. Wild could have moved for relief under the CVRA, and the Act does not sanction her stand-alone suit,” US Circuit Judge Kevin Newsom wrote in the court’s majority opinion.
Wild’s lawyers have this week claimed Epstein’s “non-prosecution agreement” sidelined his victims and demanded the Supreme Court prevent similar deals from being used to hush high-profile cases in the future.
“A child sex trafficker — Jeffrey Epstein — was able to negotiate a secret, pre-indictment non-prosecution agreement (NPA) with federal prosecutors,” Wild’s attorneys wrote in a petition to the Supreme Court this week.
“Even after the agreement was consummated, Government lawyers did not confer with Epstein’s child sex abuse victims about it and misled them about the agreement’s existence.
“The nation’s highest court should review this ‘national disgrace’ and bring some measure of justice by overturning the decision.”