Jeffrey Epstein's 2011 police mug shot. Jeffrey Epstein’s 2011 police mug shot.

U.S. District Judge Kenneth A. Marra of the Southern District of Florida ruled Thursday that prosecutors broke federal law in their handling of a case against Florida billionaire Jeffrey Epstein, who ran a global child sex ring between 1999 and 2007.

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According to Marra’s ruling, Alexander Acosta, who is now the US Department of Labor Secretary, was wrong to set up a clandestine nonprosecution agreement with Epstein in 2008, when Acosta was a U.S. Attorney in Miami. The agreement shielded Epstein and his accomplices from federal prosecution.

Epstein pleaded guilty to two prostitution charges and served 13 months in Palm Beach County jail, but could have faced life in prison with a federal sex trafficking conviction. His alleged accomplices were never charged.

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