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Jeffrey Epstein victims suffer another blow as judge rules they cannot seek damages from the DOJ

Jeffrey Epstein victims cannot seek restitution form the US government ruled Judge Kenneth Marra

The young women who were sexually abused and assaulted by Jeffrey Epstein will not be able to receive damages from the US government.

US District Judge Kenneth Marra said that the plaintiffs Jane Doe 1 and Jane Doe 2 were not entitled to restitution from the Department of Justice, compensation for the cost of their legal bills or access to select files detailing the investigation. 

He later wrote in his decision that the women could be happy that they were able to shine a national spotlight on a national epidemic, empowering other women to come forward and share their allegations. 

Judge Marra arrived at this decision despite stating in his previous ruling that the rights of these women were violated by the government under the Criminal Victims Rights Act. 

'This Order brings to an end this lengthy and contentious litigation. Recent events have rendered the most significant issue that was pending before the Court, namely, whether the Government’s violation of Petitioners’ rights under the CVRA invalidated the NPA, moot,' wrote Judge Marra.   

'They may take solace, however, in the fact that this litigation has brought national attention to the Crime Victims’ Rights Act and the importance of victims in the criminal justice system.'

Judge Marra later added: 'It has also resulted in the United States Department of Justice acknowledging its shortcomings in dealing with crime victims, and its promise to better train its prosecutors regarding the rights of victims under the CVRA in the future. ' 

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