Governor DeSantis will sign legislation releasing Epstein files

The Governor has promised to sign the bill. What is it?

Here’s Governor DeSantis, to tell you for himself:

The ‘files’ DeSantis mentioned relate to Epstein’s 2006 arrest and prosecution. He was indicted by a secret Florida grand jury, but later federal prosecutors accepted a minor plea deal providing for one year (effectively) under house arrest. Epstein worked (and played) at his office and slept at the jail.

This remarkable Senate bill was filed by democrat state senator Tina Polsky (D-Boca), who sits on the Governmental Oversight and Accountability committee.

It passed the Republican-dominated Senate unanimously, 37-0.  The House version was filed by state representative Peggy Gossett-Seidman (R-Highland Beach), and also passed the House unanimously.

Assuming DeSantis signs the bill, it takes effect July 1st, and allow all the evidence presented to the secret grand jury to become public, subject to court oversight and the right to redact certain types of information (like nude pictures of minors). Don’t get too excited. To temper expectations, the grand jury only approved minimal charges, so they probably weren’t presented with the full picture. People have long suspected something amiss.

“The public and the victims deserve to know if prosecutors steered the jury away from indicting Epstein on more severe charges,” Senator Polsky explained during yesterday’s Senate session. “There is also a compelling public need to know if this (grand jury) system worked or failed.”

Either way, assuming the grand jury materials are released, another chunk of Epstein data will fall into the public domain.

Drip, drip, drip.

Jeff Childers

Jeff Childers is the president and founder of the Childers Law firm. Jeff interned at the Federal Bankruptcy Court in Orlando, where he helped write several widely-cited opinions. He then worked as an associate with the prestigious firm of Winderweedle, Haines, Ward & Woodman in Orlando and Winter Park, Florida before moving back to Gainesville and founding Childers Law. Jeff served for three years on the Board of Directors of the Central Florida Bankruptcy Law Association. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Eighth Judicial Bar Association, and on the Rules Committee for the Northern District of Florida Bankruptcy Court. Jeff has published several articles as co-author with Professor William Page of the Levin College of Law (University of Florida) on the topic of anti-trust in the Microsoft case. He also is the author of an article on the topic of Product Liability in the Software Context. Jeff focuses his area of practice on commercial litigation, elections law, and constitutional issues. He is a skilled trial litigator and appellate advocate.


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