Don’t punish Epstein for being rich, sex offender’s lawyers urge before Thursday bail ruling

18.07.2019 | Miami Herald

Harry Rimm was quoted in the article “Don’t punish Epstein for being rich, sex offender’s lawyers urge before Thursday bail ruling,” published by the Miami Herald.

Harry, a trial lawyer and former federal prosecutor, participated in a 2016 case where Judge Berman denied bail to a wealthy money launderer who had pushed to be released to his high-rise Manhattan condo. Following his 2016 arrest in Miami, Reza Zarrab, a Turkish-Iranian gold trader, offered to finance his own house arrest. Berman questioned whether Zarrab was trying to use his wealth to buy a more comfortable jail cell.

“A lot of the pieces of the proposal made by Epstein were already made and shot down by Judge Berman in the Zarrab case,” said Harry, who was appointed by the court to serve as Zarrab’s ethics counsel. Rimm said Berman found in the ruling that the use of private security guards ‘fostered inequity and unequal treatment in favor of a very small group of defendants’ with significant means.

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