The attorney for Jeffrey Epstein’s former cellmate in Manhattan is a busy man these days. Following the convicted sex offender’s alleged suicide, attorney Bruce Barket insisted his client “knows a heck of a lot of what went on” about the death of Epstein. Barket defends Nicholas Tartaglione, the hulking ex-cop who briefly shared a cell with the solitary billionaire, the New York Post wrote that the lawyer is stating that guards are threatening Tartaglione at the Metropolitan Correctional Center.
N. Tartaglione was arrested for killing four men in a drug deal handling cocaine. Tartaglione shared a cell with Epstein the initial time he allegedly attempted to commit suicide. Barket is requesting that Tartaglione be moved to a different prison. In a note sent to Kenneth Karas, U.S. District Judge, Barket said that guards had told Tartaglione to “stop talking, stop complaining and shut up,” about all the questions about how Epstein was capable of hanging himself in federal custody.
The letter states, “the clear message Mr. Tartaglione has received is that if he conveys knowledge about the bureau or about Epstein’s recent suicide, there will be a cost to pay, whether or not the detectives into the suicide chose to interview Tartaglione about the attempted suicide to which he was observer or about how the facility is run and the circumstances under which the prisoners are bound to live, the correction officers know he has information possibly very damaging to the very people now charged with protecting him or their coworkers.”
Barket also saw “deplorable” situations at the facility, to add “a serious rodent and insect infestation,” as reasons to move Tartaglione. The attorney has beforehand mentioned that the ex-cop has vital information about what happened information that may verify useful in making a deal for his client, who is looking at the death penalty.
Barket stated “Nick knows a lot about what went on,” He was there during Epstein’s first attempt at suicide and he was there when he actually killed himself, just wasn’t in the same cell. Whether or not he’ll be in a place to participate remains unclear,” he said. “But he surely has information that would be very helpful to the investigation if they want access to it.”
There was conflict among the two cellmates, and an official stated Tartaglione struck fear in Epstein, who was moving to a different cell on the Friday before Epstein’s death. Barket also added more fuel to the fire to the already swirling conspiracy speculations around Epstein’s puzzling death, given that the billionaire was buddies with previous President Bill Clinton, presenting conflicting information about the day Epstein committed suicide.
Summoning a reference familiar with the death, CBS News had published that shrieking and shouting were overheard from Epstein’s jail cell that morning, yet Barket told NBC News that Epstein’s passing was a “silent act.” “It was a silent act, and nobody heard anything,” he said.
It was reported on Wednesday by Fox News that as for Epstein, the hits keep on coming. Several lawsuits filed on Tuesday insist Epstein had sexual intercourse in 2008 with an 18-year-old girl at his nonprofit when he was on work relief from a Florida jail, While a plainclothed sheriff’s deputy stood guard outside the Florida Science Foundation. Epstein was serving a year and a half prison sentence at the Palm Beach County Jail after pleading guilty to state prostitution accusations.