Protection lawyer for Epstein dated prime prosecutor who helped safe his quick jail sentence in sweetheart deal

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Defense lawyer for Epstein dated top prosecutor who helped secure his short prison sentence in sweetheart deal

A defender for pedophiles financier Jeffrey Epstein dated a top prosecutor who helped the monster get a 13-month “sweetheart” deal.

Lilly Ann Sanchez was a member of Epstein’s defense team in 2008 when Epstein faced possible charges and life imprisonment for sexually abusing dozens of girls.

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Lilly Ann Sanchez was on Epstein’s defense team in 2008 when he was jailed for life for sexually abusing dozens of girlsPhoto credit: wwcda.org
Sanchez had previously dated Matthew Menchel (pictured) of the Florida prosecutor's office who had worked on the Epstein plea deal

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Sanchez had previously dated Matthew Menchel (pictured) of the Florida prosecutor’s office who had worked on the Epstein plea dealPhoto credit: LinkedIn

Sanchez helped finalize a plea contract with the US District Attorney’s Office for the pedophile for just 13 months.

However, it was revealed on Saturday that Sanchez had previously dated Matthew Menchel of the Florida prosecutor who worked on the Epstein plea deal, according to a source.

The couple’s relationship was brought to light in a 300-page review by the Department of Justice’s Occupational Responsibility (OPR) investigation into the actions of Florida prosecutors a few months ago.

The report concluded that the prosecution was merely using “poor judgment” to get the punch on the wrist with Epstein.

The full review was not published, just a summary. The Ministry of Justice cites data protection laws to protect victims.

The source told the New York Daily News that the full report revealed that Sanchez and Mendel dated for a few weeks in 2003 while they both worked for the US Attorney’s Office in the southern district of Florida.

However, the report states that the couple called the time for their relationship because of a conflict of interest.

Epstein was found hanging in his cell in the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan last August

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Epstein was found hanging in his cell in the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan last AugustPhoto credit: AP: Associated Press
Alex Acosta and his team of prosecutors were acquitted for the misconduct in handling the Epstein case in the OPR review

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Alex Acosta and his team of prosecutors were acquitted for the misconduct in handling the Epstein case in the OPR reviewPhoto credit: Getty Images – Getty

At the time, both were working for the US Attorney’s Office in the southern Florida district.

Sanchez later left the office to work in a private practice and joined Epstein’s defense team in 2007 when he was investigated for the sexual abuse of underage girls.

When prosecutors began investigating Epstein, Menchel was the head of the crime department, working on the pedophile’s case.

However, the OPR review revealed that Menchel should have disclosed his previous relationship with Sanchez to U.S. Attorney General Alex Acosta – which would have meant he would have been removed from the case.

The review faced a backlash after Acosta, Donald Trump’s former Labor Secretary, and his team were cleared by prosecutors for misconduct handling the case.

The OPR ruled that the attorney displayed “poor judgment” in granting the deal to Epstein.

The bureau said in a statement: “While OPR did not find that the department’s lawyers had committed professional misconduct, OPR concluded that the victims were not treated with the openness and sensitivity the department expected.

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“OPR also concluded that former US attorney Acosta exercised poor judgment in resolving the federal non-prosecution treaty investigation and when it failed to ensure that the state of Florida intended and victims by the federal investigation was identified to inform the federal court hearing on the state reason. ”

In summary, the OPR probe found no evidence that Acosta was influenced by “improper considerations such as Epstein’s wealth, status, or associations”.

Last August, Epstein was found hung in his cell in the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan in August last year while awaiting trial on new sex trafficking charges.