A prison officer who slept while Jeffrey Epstein was hanging his head was planning to blame the federal prison system in court.


New York — Two federal prison officers who neglected their duties while Jeffrey Epstein committed suicide in a troubled Lower Manhattan prison as a scapegoat for a seriously dysfunctional system when tried. I was planning to protect myself.

Toba Noel and Michael Thomas reached a deferral of prosecution agreement with the Federal Prosecutor’s Office in Manhattan last Tuesday, early August 10, 2019.

Nearly two sources and insiders at the Metropolitan Correctional Center provided reasons why the federal government may have withdrawn the case. Document tampering is common throughout prisons and prison offices, according to sources.

One source said in a federal lockup that he mistakenly wrote in the paperwork “closer to norms than anomalies.”

Tyrone Covington, a correctional officer representing the trade union at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, said the book alone would not be able to do the job perfectly due to the lack of staff in the prison.

“These facilities are seriously understaffed. You need to know what you’re trying to do. Sometimes you just have to make decisions that don’t follow policies. Human resources can’t do that.” Said Cobington, President of the United States Government Employees Union (Local 3148).

He said the supervisor was supposed to submit documents proving that he had made the patrol.

“If you want to charge (to Noel and Thomas), you have to charge the entire system because the entire system is broken,” Covington added.

Prosecutors said Noel (32) and Thomas (43) were seen on a camera sleeping for two hours at work the night they hung their heads while waiting for a trafficking trial for minors.

However, the director of the Metropolitan Correctional Center’s Control Center could have access to the footage from the camera and saw them fall asleep or not work, sources said.

Prosecutors say Epstein had not been monitored for eight hours before he was found dead in his cell.

“I was going to bring the entire system to trial,” said Thomas Figgins, a lawyer for Thomas, who didn’t go into details.

Noel’s lawyer, Jason Foy, said his client was grateful for the government’s decision not to prosecute her.

As part of the agreement, Noel and Thomas will meet with the Inspector General of the Justice Department investigating Epstein’s death.

Jeffrey Epstein’s brother Mark Epstein said he had questions about his death. He said he was still plagued by the “contradiction” of the government’s explanation of suicide.

A prominent forensic pathologist hired by Mark Epstein concluded that Jeffrey Epstein may have died from strangulation rather than hanging.

“Since Michael Thomas found his younger brother, do you want to know what position he was in? How did you find him?” Mark Epstein said.

A spokeswoman for the Southern District of New York declined to comment. The prison bureau did not respond to the investigation.

The malfunction of the Metropolitan Correctional Center surprised then Attorney General William Barr, who described it as “a complete storm of turmoil” after Epstein’s death.

Since then, prison reputation has been deteriorating.

In February 2020, guns were smuggled into prison. No one has been arrested for a serious security breach. The following month, Federal Judge Richard Berman of Manhattan said it was “anger” that Barr did not deal with the situation in prisons and other federal blockades.

In January, an observer who took over after Epstein’s suicide resigned after working for a year. During her tenure, the prison faced criticism of the inadequate response to the coronavirus pandemic. The proceedings revealed that during the pandemic, documents seeking medical treatment for prisoners were shredded.

The prison is currently the third interim prison director.

In March, Prison Director Michael Carbajal was beaten during a testimony in a subcommittee of the House of Representatives about the authorities’ response to a pandemic.

“You and your staff are incompetent and should be fired,” Congressman David Trone (Democrat-MD) told Carvajal.

In April, the judge said the situation at the Metropolitan Correctional Center was so severe that prisoners should give the decision “half an hour”.

Later that month, Federal Judge Colleen McMahon of Manhattan said the blockade of Manhattan and the Federal Prison of Brooklyn were “run by fools.”

Despite the turmoil at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, the union is calling for Noel and Thomas to return to prison and recoup their lost wages.

“The local 3148 is asking the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the Department of Justice to do these employees right and complete them,” Covington said.

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