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Column: Epstein accusers deserve due process
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WASHINGTON -- Recent revelations about billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein’s sweetheart deal with government prosecutors -- thanks to a cadre of all-star defense attorneys who basically treated underage accusers like throwaways -- are the tip of the iceberg in a scandal of money, power, sex, corruption and boys’ club criminality. The story has all the makings of a Hollywood blockbuster but for the sexual abuse of girls as young as 14 -- and a decade-long process in which lawyers allegedly violated the victims’ rights under federal law. It all begins in 2005 when Epstein was accused of sexually assaulting a teenaged girl at his Palm Beach home.