The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the handling or mishandling of the work-release program for Jeffrey Epstein, the Palm Beach financier and convicted sex offender who now faces federal sex trafficking charges.The sheriff’s office internal affairs will look into what happened during Epstein’s 2008 12-hour a day for six days a week work-release and whether any deputies violated any policy such as allowing him to be driven to his home rather than his office.An attorney for a woman who claimed she had sex with Epstein as a teen, said another witness claimed Epstein had sex while on work release at his office building in West Palm Beach, a claim initially disputed by the sheriff’s office.“Sheriff Bradshaw takes these matters very seriously and wants to determine if any actions taken by the deputies assigned to monitor Epstein during his work release program violated any agency rules and regulations, during the time he was on PBSO work release program,” the sheriff’s office wrote in a statement. “All aspects of the matter will be fully investigated to ensure total transparency and accountability.”In the wake of the new investigation, Alex Acosta resigned as President Trump’s Secretary of Labor. The Miami Herald reported Acosta brokered the secret deal in 2008 that allowed Epstein to plead guilty on two state prostitution charges, serve 13 months in jail, mostly on work release, register as a sex offender, but avoid more serious federal charges. A federal judge later ruled the Epstein agreement was illegal because victims were not made aware of it.
WATCH US LIVE Associated Press Television News FOLLOW US COMMENT First Published: 23rd August, 2020 06:58 IST Written By SUBSCRIBE TO US Dustin Johnson could have used a finish like this for a record score. The birdie-eagle ending to his round Saturday at The Northern Trust gave him a 7-under 64 and stretched his lead to five shots in the FedEx Cup playoffs opener.Johnson, coming off a remarkable day in which he was 11 under through 11 holes and finished with seven pars for a 60, pulled away from Harris English and Scottie Scheffler with a 20-foot birdie putt on the 17th and a 40-footer for eagle on the closing hole at the TPC Boston.He was at 22-under 191, his lowest 54-hole score by three shots.“I’m in a great position and like where I’m at, but I’m still going to have to go out and shoot a good score,” Johnson said. “You can go low out here and guys are going low every day, especially with the conditions we have — perfect greens, golf course is in great shape and not a lot of wind.”English had three birdies in a four-hole stretch early on the back nine and was tied for the lead when Johnson made his lone bogey of the round on the 13th hole when he failed to get up-and-down from a bunker.English, however, followed with consecutive bogeys when he missed the green well to the right of the water on the par-3 16th, and three-putted from 70 feet on the 17th. He missed a third consecutive putt from 7 feet or closer, the last one for birdie, and had to settle for a 66.Scheffler closed with a birdie to follow his second-round 59 with a 67. He played in the final group with Johnson, just like he did two weeks ago on the final day of the PGA Championship.Even so, they’re five shots behind Johnson, who is going for his second victory of the year and could go to No. 1 in the world — provided Jon Rahm doesn’t finish second — for the first time since May 2019.“Try to make as many birdies as I can and see what happens,” English said.Louis Oosthuizen (68) was seven shots behind, and his best hope now would appear to be moving into the top 70 who advance to the second playoff event next week at Olympia Fields south of Chicago.Tiger Woods predicted Friday there would be low scoring in the third round, and he was right — just not from him or Rory McIlroy, a star pairing for the breakfast hour. Woods birdied the last hole for a 73. McIlroy made two triple bogeys in his round of 74. They get to play again Sunday morning.Johnson will be going for his fifth FedEx Cup playoff victory, and third in this event on a third course. What matters more is how he finishes the season. The FedEx Cup already features some of the best players in golf — Woods, McIlroy, Vijay Singh, Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth among them — and Johnson wants to be on that list.Johnson set the target with four birdies in eight holes before heavy rain moved in and halted the third round for 45 minutes. It also softened a TPC Boston that was getting slightly firmer.He came back and hit to tap-in range for birdie on the 12th, and the had the great finish.Johnson needed a birdie on the 18th on Friday for his first 59, and said he regrets hitting driver off the tee with a shot that tumbled down a small slope into the rough. Lesson learned? Not really. With the rain, he opted for driver again, teed it low and hit this one perfect, setting up a 5-iron to the green and his long eagle putt.Image credits: AP LIVE TV Last Updated: 23rd August, 2020 06:58 IST Johnson’s Big Finish Gives Him 5-shot Lead At TPC Boston Dustin Johnson could have used a finish like this for a record score. The birdie-eagle ending to his round Saturday at The Northern Trust gave him a 7-under 64 and stretched his lead to five shots in the FedEx Cup playoffs opener