August 12, 2019
The Department of Justice and the FBI have both launched investigations into Epstein's death amid questions surrounding the circumstances. Epstein, 66, was denied bail and faced up to 45 years in prison on federal sex trafficking and conspiracy charges. A post mortem examination into Epstein's death was performed Sunday. New York City's chief medical examiner, Dr Barbara Sampson, said that more information is needed before the cause of death is determined.
Dr Sampson said that a city medical examiner conducted the examination on Sunday while a private pathologist observed, at the request of Epstein's representatives. Corrections officers at New York's Metropolitan Correctional Center had been forced to work overtime to make up for staffing shortages, according to US media.
One of the corrections officers was reportedly on his fifth straight day of overtime shifts, while another guard had been forced to work overtime, Serene Gregg, president of the American Federation of Government Employees Local 3148, told the Washington Post.