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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

ANDREW KREIG : Moralist Ken Starr Explains His Help For Billionaire Pervert Jeffrey Epstein

Ugly underbelly of Starr legacy exposed; Whitewater moralist turns out to be not so moral after all  

JUSTICE INTEGRITY PROJECT
By Andrew Kreig
02/08/2015

Famed educator and legal scholar Ken Starr led a forum this month at the National Press Club to inspire faith-based instruction — and then was asked to describe why he had helped billionaire Jeffrey Epstein avoid serious prison time in 2008 on allegations Epstein had molested dozens of underage girls.


Former federal judge and U.S. Solicitor General
Ken Starr
The president and chancellor of Baylor University, responding to a question after the close of a forum he led Feb. 4 on “The Calling of Faith-based Universities,” told me he was “very happy” to help serve a client of his former law firm, Chicago-based Kirkland & Ellis. 

Thus, as so often the case in public life in the nation’s capital, a stark contrast arose between high-minded rhetoric and subservience to the wealthy. 

Today’s column summarizes the perverted practices of the globe-trotting Epstein, 62. 



We next examine Epstein’s powerful friends, allies, and lawyers on a legal dream team that included Alan Dershowitz, Roy Black, Jay Lefkowitz, Gerald Lefcourt, and Martin Weinberg.




Following that, we report how the attorneys arranged a sweetheart plea deal for Epstein in 2008. Starr played a key role in arranging lenient treatment for Epstein, whose federal-state prosecution a decade ago occurred concurrently under the administrations of President George W. Bush and his brother, Florida Governor Jeb Bush (1999-2007) and Jeb Bush's successor Charlie Crist (2007-2011), who had been state attorney general during the beginning of the Epstein case.


Jeb and George W. Bush with Rudy "911" Giuliani 
The Daily Mail of London reported new developments Jan. 2 in Andrew and the under-age 'sex slave': Duke denies claim in court papers that teen was picked to sleep with him by Robert Maxwell's daughter. 

According to recent court filings in Florida's federal court:


A plaintiff "Jane Doe 3," later identified as a California native Virginia Roberts, accused Epstein as treating her as a "sex slave" beginning when she was 15 as part of a massive sex trafficking operation he ran exploiting girls in their mid-teens, below the legal age of consent.

Roberts, now 31, claimed that Epstein farmed her out to other men, including Prince Andrew of the British royal family, Epstein's attorney Dershowitz, and French modeling scout Jean Luc Brunel.

The California native said the photo below right portrays her at center with Prince Andrew, also known as the Duke of York, on a trip to London when she was 17 in 2001. At right was Ghislaine Maxwell, the socialite daughter of the corrupt newspaper tycoon Robert Maxwell, who drowned in 1991 after toppling overboard from his yacht Lady Ghislaine. The death left one of the world's largest media empires with a reported $3 billion in debts.


Roberts alleged that the Ghislaine Maxwell was girlfriend of the never-married Epstein's who helped him both maintain contacts to top levels of society, recruited teenage sex consorts, and sometimes participated in the sex abuse, including of Roberts. The Roberts claims are part of her effort along with a Jane Doe 4 to join a suit filed six years ago by Jane Doe 1 and 2 against the federal government for violation of civil rights in agreeing to an overly lenient state plea deal for Epstein in 2008.


The federal-state agreement enabled Epstein to spend just eight hours a day in a county jail and for authorities to agree not to prosecute anyone else. South Florida lawyer and Ring of Fire radio host Mike Papantonio commented last week that the no-prosecution deal "is unheard of....That never happens."

Maxwell, Epstein, Andrew, and Dershowitz are among those who have denied the major allegations by Roberts, as have federal authorities. Epstein, in his first formal remarks on the revived scandal, last month condemned the “media frenzy” surrounding the case. He wrote that he and his associates “have been the subject of the most outlandish and offensive attacks, allegations, and plain inventions.”

The prince issued a strongly-worded denial via Buckingham Palace, saying "any suggestion of impropriety with underage minors is categorically untrue."

As a big picture, Epstein's money-making talents were exceptional.


A list of Epstein's contacts compiled by a Florida house manager listed access information for the Queen of England, the current King of Saudi Arabia, former President Clinton, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, rock stars at the Mick Jagger and Michael Jackson level, fashion gurus, media moguls, and financiers at the Rothschild and Rockefeller level, among dozens of others wealthy, powerful contacts.

Their precise relationships with Epstein remain unclear in many instances, which is a natural consequence of the slap-on-the-wrist plea deal for him that short-circuited disclosure in the courts.




A week ago, the Daily Beast focused heavily on Starr's role in a column entitled, Conservative Scold Ken Starr Got A Billionaire Pedophile Off. Reporter M.S. Nestel described how Epstein faced life sentences if authorities pursued their heavy documentation that he had assaulted and exploited high school girls on a systematic basis. Instead, the billionaire was sentenced for a single state charge of soliciting a prostitution.

Epstein went to jail nights for 13 months in a special wing of a local jail, maintained his freedom during the day, and emerged in 2011 to scoff at his critics, as reported by the New York Post in Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein: I’m a sex offender, not a predator. The newspaper reported that imperious ex-con used his $50 million New York City mansion to celebrate his release from a Florida jail "with his close pal, Britain’s Prince Andrew."

Starr is, of course, the former federal judge and the independent prosecutor whom fellow judge David Sentelle, a Federalist Society activist supervising the nation's independent counsels for 14 years, had appointed to replace a prior investigator of President Bill Clinton's Whitewater financial transactions.


Lewinski with Clinton
Failing to find actionable evidence on Whitewater, Starr expanded his probe to sex scandal allegations after receiving a tip about a sexual activity by youthful Defense Department employee, Monica Lewinsky.

Under Starr in January 1998, federal authorities ambushed Lewinsky while she was shopping at a food court in January 1998, as she described in a 2014 Washington Post article, Lewinsky mistreated by authorities, that recalled her tears and panic while authorities held her during a 12-hour interrogation without a lawyer in a hotel room.


Agreeing finally to wear a wire to incriminate the president, Lewinsky helped Starr secure evidence that the president engaged in oral sex, leading to Clinton's false denials. The House then impeached Clinton before he saved his presidency by winning acquittal in the Senate.

The Epstein case is worth studying in part because of the high stakes for sex scandals and blackmail at such levels. The Epstein scandal illustrates, yet again, a two-tiered American justice system where wealth and political influence can often win lenient treatment even in heinous, well-documented cases.

Furthermore, as we explore in a second part of our ongoing coverage this week, suppressed but videotaped sex scandals at this level of society and governance poses a serious threat of blackmail and other corrupt influence-peddling on major government and business decision-making.

As a preview: The Guardian on Feb. 7 published Video exists of underage sex with powerful men, based on a new affidavit Roberts filed the previous day. Her claim that the FBI likely possesses video alleges the goal of blackmail.

The plaintiff filings also claimed, "Epstein instructed Jane Doe #3 that she was to give the prince whatever he demanded and required Jane Doe #3 to report back to him on the details of the sexual abuse." Roberts claimed that Epstein’s "‘lending’ of young girls to prominent international figures – foreign presidents and U.S. politicians and businessmen among them – was to ‘ingratiate’ himself and ‘so that he could potentially blackmail them."

Roberts wrote also: “There were times when I was physically abused to the point that I remember fearfully thinking that I didn’t know whether I was going to survive,” Roberts said in a new court filing last week.


We have examined such matters for years at the Justice Integrity Project and in my recent book, Presidential Puppetry: Obama, Romney and Their Masters Too often, the bottom line in a court case is not merely the law but hidden politics.

In sum, the Epstein saga raises serious question about favoritism if not corruption in the courts even if plaintiffs' allegations are overblown. The immunity agreement for alleged co-conspirators is so irregular that it reeks of a cover-up.

For busy readers, that is this column's gist. Others should read on if interested in more detail.


This material includes amplification of Starr's explanation of his work for Epstein and Starr's advocacy, delivered last week along with the presidents of Yeshiva and Catholic Universities, for faith-based instruction to help guide students in navigating through difficult ethical issues they will face in their lives.


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Justice Scales For Jet-Setter Jeffrey Epstein

The Brooklyn-born Epstein started his career as a seventh-grade school teacher at the Dalton School, a private school on Manhattan's East Side, then became a trader with Bear Stearns in the mid-1970s.


Epstein he built up assets of at least a billion dollars by astute investments, often in private trading with minimal disclosure requirements.

His homes included those in Manhattan, Florida's Palm Beach, London, Paris, a ranch in New Mexico, and a private island called Little Saint James near St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands.



The Jeffrey Epstein VI Foundation has reportedly donated more than $200 million to individual scientists since 2000, including Stephen Hawking, Marvin Minsky, Eric Lander and many others. His foundation has convened many of these scientists in conferences to discuss such topics as gravity, threats to the earth, language, and cure for cancer.

We now focus on a darker side. A dozen years ago, the mother of a Florida high school student complained to authorities that her 14-year-old daughter had been paid $200 at Epstein’s mansion in Palm Beach.

This prompted an investigation that collected witness statements claiming that the never-married Epstein and his female cronies systematically recruited high school and other young girls to engage in sexual activities for money. The definition of those underage for purposes of consent varies by state but is usually age 14 to 18.




Meanwhile, Epstein had pursued a jet-set lifestyle, sometimes accompanied by young females and famous political, business and other companions. The roster included Prince Andrew, 54, who is the second son and third child of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. Prince Andrew was second in line for the throne at one point.

Epstein's friends and contacts included large numbers of other wealthy and powerful men and girls, according to an address book kept by Epstein's Florida housekeeper Alfredo Rodriguez.

The Daily Mail reported last month that Rodriguez, who died Dec. 28 at age 60, kept a detailed 'black book' of dozens of young women that Epstein abused. "The houseman was sentenced to 18 months jail — the same term as his boss — in 2011 for failing to hand the journal to prosecutors. Instead he tried to sell it to defense lawyers for $50,000." Rodriguez circled the names in the book he claimed were involved in sexual activities and we have reviewed that list, although it is of course unsworn and otherwise unauthenticated evidence.

The Smoking Gun reported that Epstein's contacts, not necessarily sexual, included names like Bronfman, Rothschild, Stern, Bloomberg, Koch, Wexner, Zuckerman, Kravis, Rockefeller, Trump, plus celebrities, journalists, and socialites. "Some of the individuals listed appear to primarily be friends of Epstein’s ex-girlfriend/longtime sidekick Ghislaine Maxwell, who has been accused of wrangling underage massage talent for the shadowy investor."

Epstein's contacts, further illustrated by flight logs from his airplanes, contain names involved in the glamorous fashion, modeling, rock music, and race car worlds that would be especially alluring to young girls being recruited for Epstein's sex trafficking operations. Despite pointed inquiries from the student Harvard Crimson newspaper, the university said after the scandal broke that it would keep a $6.5 million donation from Epstein because it funded important work.


Epstein relaxing with his counsel, Dershowitz

The scope of the allegations and names of Epstein’s companies were kept low-key during the prosecution. The defendant accepted a plea deal with an 18-month part-time sentence on two counts, and emerged to freedom after 13 months, albeit with the label of sex offender.

Importantly in the view of critics, his conviction was a triumph of defense lawyering. The charge of soliciting a prostitute did not carry the stigma and penalties of systematic sexual abuse of girls not old enough to provide informed consent under the law. The age of legal consent varies widely from jurisdiction to jurisdiction in the United States, but most states set the age between 14 and 18. Those adults found guilty of sexual activities with mid-teen minors are liable to such charges as child sexual abuse, statutory rape, illegal carnal knowledge, and corruption of a minor.

With the new allegations, newspaper headline writers have recently been describing Epstein as a "pedophile" based on his conviction and the scope of his activities. Roberts has described them as including filmed orgies and reflecting his interest in three girls as young as 12 sent as a so-called "gift" from Eastern Europe.

Many professionals, however, restrict the term pedophile to those focused primarily on child sex victims aged 13 or younger. Most of the evidence against Epstein suggests his focus was on those in the mid-teens. Furthermore, Epstein's allies have denounced Roberts as a liar and "fantacist," as reported the Guardian column Feb. 7, among other places. For such reasons, the description "pervert," not "pedophile," suffices here for now.

Update: A reader provides a legal filing containing allegations of sufficient seriousness so that, upon reflection, Epstein can be fairly described as a "pedophile." A 39-page exhibit by a Palm Beach attorney, Bradley Edwards, cites evidence that Epstein molested one girl more than 50 times beginning at age 13 and that she was paid $200 apiece for recruiting more than 70 other underage girls to submit to similar treatment. Edwards cited evidence of other young female recruiters who brought multiple victims into Epstein's mansion for similar fees. The evidence for defense of a state court suit Epstein v. Rothstein and Edwards that the billionaire brought against two lawyers trying to make money by representing underage victims. Epstein dropped the suit in 2012 after defendant Scott Rothstein was charged with a major Ponzi scheme described below. 

The lenient plea deal for Epstein without thorough follow-up infuriated one or more grunt-level investigators. At what must have been great risk for reprisal, one of them helped make sure the evidence became public on the Internet and elsewhere, usually with the victim names deleted to protect privacy.

The prosecution plea deal let authorities provide Epstein a modest sentence and barred prosecution (and thus even investigation) of any of Epstein's many world-famous guests, traveling companions, sex trafficking junior accomplices, and other cronies.

The Plea Deal Reexamined

Columnist Wayne Madsen has combined the tabloid elements of the Epstein case with investigative dimensions based on his 14 years experience as a Navy Intelligence officer and recent inspection of the federal court file in West Palm Beach.


Wayne Madsen
In four columns last month, Madsen reported that Epstein's lawyers have fought a fierce but so far unsuccessful effort to seal documents.

Madsen has often reported that prominent members of politics and the media have secret intelligence ties.



Madsen has, for example, reiterated Seymour Hersh's 1991 scoop that the press lord Maxwell had been a longtime asset for the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad before his death.

Madsen is among those who have also reported that the world's largest insurance company, the American International Group (AIG), became after its founding by Ken Starr's uncle, the late Cornelius V. Starr (1892-1968), a vital component of CIA operations in high-level intrigues spanning the globe.

Cornelius Starr's successor beginning 1960 was his chauffeur's son Maurice "Hank" Greenberg, who would become both a multi-billionaire and a serious candidate in 1996 to become CIA director after authoring "Making Intelligence Smarter: The Future of U.S. Intelligence," a major strategic memo published by the Council on Foreign Relations.

During the financial crisis of 2008-09, AIG received from the holdover Bush and incoming Obama officials approval for $182 billion in federal bailouts from taxpayers under suspicious circumstances -- and then awarded its senior executives more than a billion dollars in bonuses.

Several years earlier, New York Attorney Gen. Eliot Spitzer, right, had infuriated AIG and other Wall Street executives by his aggressive investigations of AIG along with other Wall Street defendants whom Spitzer accused of securities fraud and similar white collar offenses. With complex operations in more than 100 nations, AIG had been reporting for years false profits on a massive scale.


Eliot Spitzer
But Spitzer's bank reported to the U.S. Treasury Department financial transactions involving Spitzer, a Democrat who was by then New York's governor potentially poised for a bright future as a corruption-fighter. Agents traced the governor's spending to the Emperors Club, which turned out to be an escort service providing expensive call girls.


The New York Times obtained leaked information from authorities. The newspaper reported on March 10, 2008 that Spitzer had used prostitutes on multiple occasions, including one repeatedly profiled.

In disgrace, Spitzer resigned as governor the same week, thereby illustrating to court watchers the dangers a corrupt life-style -- especially when combined with investigating powerful entities. Clearly, even an investigator's supposedly confidential personal banking information could find its way to the front page.

Wayne Madsen's Jan. 23 column, Epstein plea deal with feds protected Bill Clinton and the House of Bush, reported how Madsen had obtained the "heretofore sealed Non-Prosecution Agreement (NPA) struck between lawyers for billionaire Florida registered sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and George W. Bush-era federal prosecutors." The excerpt is cited with permission from his subscription-based site, The Wayne Madsen Report:

Epstein received the NPA after he was charged with soliciting sex from an alleged "prostitute." However, the so-called "prostitute" was actually a 14-year old girl who was recruited by a network of Epstein's employees who basically served as child sex traffickers and pimps. Lawyers for Epstein attempted to block federal judge for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida Kenneth Marra from unsealing the NPA as per the wishes of attorneys for four child sex trafficking victims known as Jane Does 1 through 4. However, Marra decided to unseal the NPA on January 21 and WMR was present at the Paul G. Roberts Federal Building to obtain a copy of the NPA.

The NPA was agreed to on October 30, 2007 by U.S. Attorney R. Alexander Acosta. Although Acosta later criticized the plea deal in an open letter, he did not respond to WMR's request for an interview on the current case in which four of Epstein's victims are suing the U.S. government claiming that the NPA violated their rights under the Crime Victims' Rights Act (CVRA). The victims, who are now adults, claim that the federal government's NPA with Epstein violated the 2004 CVRA.

The government argues that because Epstein was never charged with a federal crime, the victims have no rights under the CVRA. In their request to Marra to unseal the NPA, the attorneys for the Jane Does, said that the federal government and Epstein colluded "to avoid a firestorm of public controversy that would have erupted if the sweetheart plea deal with a politically-connected billionaire had been revealed."

The NPA was signed on behalf of Acosta by A. Marie Villafana, the then-Assistant U.S. Attorney for Southern Florida, who is now the U.S. Attorney under Attorney General Eric Holder. The plea deal with Epstein was concluded after the U.S. Attorney's Office in Miami and the FBI investigated Epstein separately from the investigation conducted by the Palm Beach County Police Department and the Florida Attorney General's Office. The deal cut between Acosta and Villafana and the state of Florida, which was then under the governorship of then-Republican Governor Charlie Crist and Republican Attorney-General Bill McCollum stated that the federal government would defer to Florida the prosecution of Epstein. Acosta has gone on to become the dean of the law school of Florida International University in Miami.

The NPA also stipulated that a list of individuals who the U.S. Attorney's Office in Miami and the FBI has identified as victims of Epstein's sexual abuse and trafficking would be provided to Epstein's attorneys, who included Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz.

Jane Doe 3, identified as Virginia Roberts, has claimed that Dershowitz has sex with her while she was a minor. Dershowitz has vigorously denied the allegations and he has cited a "conspiracy" against him by anti-Semites who are getting even for his longtime support for Israel. Unsubstantiated conspiracy theories by Dershowitz aside, the fact remains that the NPA immunized all of Epstein's co-conspirators -- who allegedly include Dershowitz -- former President Bill Clinton, and Prince Andrew of Britain from future federal prosecution.

The NPA states: ". . . the United States also agrees that it will not institute any criminal charges against any potential co-conspirators of Epstein, including but not limited to [alleged Epstein accomplices] Sarah Kellen, Adriana Ross, Lesley Goff, or Nadia Marcinkova." The NPA also suspended the federal grand jury investigation against Epstein and held in abeyance all federal grand jury subpoenas in the case against Epstein. These subpoenas presumably included those directed to witnesses in the case, individuals that likely include Dershowitz, Clinton, and Andrew.

Recent News

Epstein finished his part-time jail sentence in 2011. Vanity Fair, New York Magazine and the New York Post were among the occasional adverse profiles he endured. The Post reported inillionaire Jeffrey Epstein: I’m a sex offender, not a predator that Epstein was still scoffing at his critics.

As it turns out, Epstein had cause for complaint. Scott Rothstein, a Palm Beach lawyer, developed a Ponzi scheme by which he boasted of huge settlements, including in Epstein case spin-offs, and then invite "investors" to share in the proceeds. Rothstein was sentenced to a 50-year prison term in a scam that bilked investors of $1.2 billion, as prosecutors described in this Palm Beach Post article in 2012: Billionaire sex offender drops suit against Scott Rothstein and one of his partners.

The filing by Virginia Roberts last year to join the ongoing "Jane Doe" case revived interest by making specific claims about debauchery by high-level figures.


Virginia Roberts

Roberts, 31, said she was a runaway at age 11, and a "sex slave" for Epstein beginning at 15. At age 19, she said she received indications she was getting too old for him, and married an Australian. As reported in the Guardian story Feb. 7:

Dismissed as a liar and a fantasist by Epstein allies, Roberts filed with her affidavit on Friday previously undisclosed receipts for a flight from New York to Thailand in September 2002 and a stay costing several thousand dollars at the Royal Princess hotel in Chiang Mai. All the bills appeared to have been paid for by “J Epstein.”

Roberts, who says she was recruited for Epstein at 15, has previously alleged that she was sent on the Thailand trip by Epstein to learn Thai massage and interview a Thai girl “to bring back to the United States” for him. Instead, she says, she met a man whom she married and fled with him to Australia for more than a decade.

Government prosecutors say that Roberts was properly notified about the plea deal at the time it was struck and has waited too long to join the lawsuit. Roberts argues that she did not fully understand the letter sent to her by prosecutors and was too scared of repercussions from Epstein’s powerful friends to come out of hiding.


Panetta with Prince Andrew
Prince Andrew is shown at left in a 2011 photo with U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, a former CIA director, at a function at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC.

The prince holds the title of Duke of York. Born on Feb. 19, 1960, he is the second son and third child of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.


At the time of his birth, the prince was second in the line of succession to succeed his mother. He is currently fifth in line.

The Smoking Gun (TSG), for example, reported this week in Inside Wealthy Pervert's Massage "Black Book," Senator's galpal listed in Jeffrey Epstein's rub roster Epstein’s “black book,” an exhibit to a court filing in a civil suit brought against Epstein by two of his minor victims, consisted of 181 pages that contain contact information for billionaires (Bronfman, Stern, Bloomberg, Koch, Wexner, Zuckerman, Kravis, Rockefeller), multimillionaires (Trump), celebrities, journalists, and socialites. 

The Roberts claims alleging sexual exploitation by author, attorney and longtime Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz, now a resident of Miami Beach, have been particularly prominent because he was a member of the Epstein legal team who helped choose Ken Starr. She claimed to have had sex with him six times.

Dershowitz denied assaulting Roberts or ever meeting her.

Miami television station WPLG and its reporter Bob Norman broadcast a two-minute interview on the topic Jan. 22: Alan Dershowitz: 'Sex slave' accuser is serial liar, 'still a prostitute.' The station provided a transcript. 

"This is a woman who is a serial liar," Dershowitz said. "She's lied, lied, lied, lied."

The law professor called her a "prostitute." When the reporter asked whether she could have given informed consent to sex at such young age, Dershowitz said that's a question for authorities, not him. 

Ken Starr's Full Response

We now revisit the Ken Starr-led forum Feb. 4 at the National Press Club, which was part of a series of Washington programs organized by Baylor, which is based in Waco, TX.

Baylor, founded in 1845, defines itself as a private Christian university and a nationally ranked research institution."

Starr moderated a discussion with two other university presidents, John Garvey of Catholic University of America and Richard Joel of Yeshiva University. Baylor bought a promotional ad in the Sunday Washington Post for Feb. 1.

Samuel Smith of the Christian Post summarized the discussion as follows under the headline, Purpose of college is not to get a job, is to instill ethical responsibilities: university presidents, summarized the main discussion:

Although all the presidents agreed that that it is imperative for colleges to provide students with the skills and knowledge needed to be successful in a career, what is equally as important and often overlooked by state and secular schools in today's secular environment, is making sure that students are prepared to make tough moral and ethical choices when they are faced with many of life's tough dilemmas....Joel explained that Yeshiva University strives on the motto that "education is meant to Ennoble and Enable."

Garvey agreed with Joel's notion that education's role is to "ennoble and enable" and put it into his own context of providing "wisdom and virtue." Starr said that at Baylor University there is a Christian calling to ensure that the students understand the concept of maintaining a "caring community" and living to serve the needs of others. 

"The creation of a very purposeful community, what we call the caring community, is vibrant and evident. It makes for a joyful place that sets us apart in terms of degrees of happiness," Starr told reporters after the event. "We talk about 'live life greatly.' That means in our Christian tradition, 'don't live for yourself.'"

All three university presidents held J.D. degrees and have been law school professors. So, part of their remarks focused on the role of law in inspiring students and otherwise shaping a moral society. During Q&A, Starr read from audience questions submitted on cards. Each of the questions chosen dealt generally with the previous discussion.

None mentioned what I regarded as an elephant in the room: namely questions of morality faced by clerical leaders contending against human failings as old as human history.

Most notable in my mind was the Epstein case. But resonating also in the Washington area especially has been the arrest of a prominent rabbi, law professor and educator accused of secretly videotaping young female members of his congregation and at least one of his students at a local university while they took ritual baths at his suggestion. The New York Times reported the story as, Prominent Rabbi Arrested on a Charge of Voyeurism.

At the end of the last week's event, I discovered an old friend was among the attendees and together we decided to approach the forum moderator, Starr. My friend's father had been a White House correspondent in the 1960s. He has long been concerned (like the forum speakers) with the harm that lax moral standards cause society. As part of that, he is sensitive to gross injustice.

As Starr gathered up his lecture notes and prepared to leave, I took the lead in thanking the speaker for an enlightening discussion. He smiled in friendly fashion. What follows are my notes reconstructing the conversation immediately afterward.

"But since it is the Press Club," I continued, "I hope you don't mind if I ask a question."

"Fire away!" he responded cheerfully. The Duke Law School graduate, a former law clerk to the late Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger from 1975 to 1977, has argued 36 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, including 25 during his service as solicitor general from 1989 to 1993. So, he has every reason to be confident in handling any question.

"In view of the topic of tonight's discussion," I said, "isn't it incongruous that you chose to represent Jeffrey Epstein?"

"I don't think I want to answer that. This involves the attorney-client privilege."

"I appreciate that because I'm a lawyer also. But I'm not asking for any privileged secrets. And I understand that everyone's entitled to a lawyer. But why you?"

He paused a moment, and responded with slightly more formality, "I was very happy to respond to the needs of a client of the firm."

We thanked him for his time and moved on. In a post-mortem outside, my friend told me, "Well, you got your answer. It's about the money, isn't it?"

Next Steps

This column could have ended right there.

But the situation points to a more important story that his actions, which we shall address soon in a Part II of this column.

Influential though the Baylor president has been, Ken Starr is a symptom of a much larger problem. The standard human frailties -- summarized in the Ten Commandments, among other places -- persist and often seem to prevail in the nation's capital, as in so many other places.

As the Epstein case shows, society at its highest levels is rife with leaders skilled in rhetoric and other image-making. But many have achieved “success” in significant part by repulsive actions or at least tolerance of such practices among their colleagues.

A true test is whether each individual -- and those coming up through universities, the Palm Beach police department's grunt-level investigators, and elsewhere – fulfills ethical duties.

In that sense, the rhetoric of Starr and the two other faith-based university presidents last week serves an important purpose. So does, I hope, this column providing what the late newsman Paul Harvey used to call, "The rest of the story."




Andrew Kreig is Justice Integrity Project Executive Director and co-founder with over two decades experience as an attorney and non-profit executive in Washington, DC.

Andrew Kreig, Esq.
An author and longtime investigative reporter, his primary focus since 2008 has been exploring allegations of official corruption and other misconduct in federal agencies. He has been a consultant and volunteer leader in advising several non-profit groups fostering cutting-edge applications within the communications industries.
  
As president and CEO of the Wireless Communications Association International (WCAI) from 1996 until 2008, Kreig led its worldwide advocacy that helped create the broadband wireless industry.

Previously, he was WCAI vice president and general counsel, an associate at Latham & Watkins, law clerk to a federal judge, author of the book Spiked about the newspaper business and a longtime reporter for the Hartford Courant.

Listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World from the mid-1990s and currently, he holds law degrees from the University of Chicago School of Law and from Yale Law School. Reared in New York City, his undergraduate degree in history is from Cornell University, where he was a student newspaper editor, rowing team member, and Golden Gloves boxer. 

Contact the author Andrew Kreig.



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The 5th Estate has just purchased a library on H5N1 "Novel" virus pandemics, there are dozens of PDF and Exel documents we feel will assist you in saving lives following intentional releases of the H5N1 and now MERS viruses; we will begin by printing those that appear to be extremely relevant here: H5N1 Kobe-Kawaoka-Ernala series continues soon with more "Smoking Gun" e-mails from Teridah Ernala to The 5th Estate . . .

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By Robert S. Finnegan

On October 12, 2002 the Indonesian island of Bali experienced a terrorist attack that rocked the world. It was unquestionably well-coordinated and executed, the largest in the country's history.

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