Sex abuse, the powerful, and criminal justice

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Jeffrey Epstein (Palm Beach Sheriff's Office via AP, File), R. Kelly (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast),

Jeffrey Epstein (Palm Beach Sheriff's Office via AP, File), R. Kelly (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast),

Guests: Julie Brown, Marci Hamilton

There have been a number of disturbing news stories about the sexual abuse of minors and trafficked women – multi-millionaire Jeffrey Epstein, singer R. Kelly, the New England Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft, and last weekend’s Vatican summit on clergy sexual abuse. We start off this hour looking at the Epstein case, the politically-connected hedge fund operator whose shockingly lenient sentence and secret deal with US prosecutors is no longer secret. We’ll talk with the Miami Herald’s JULIE BROWN, about her award-winning investigation that documented Epstein’s sexual abuse and the non-prosecution deal his team of lawyers made with the federal government . We’re also joined by MARCI HAMILTON, a professor of practice at the University of Pennsylvania and CEO of the anti-abuse nonprofit, CHILD USA, about justice for the victims in these cases, why they are so often ignored, how the powerful manipulate the legal system, and whether these cases will change anything.

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