A group of women who said Jeffrey Epstein sexually abused them are not entitled to money damages from the United States. This, despite federal prosecutors having kept them in the dark about the financier’s lenient non-prosecution agreement more than a decade ago. Reuters reports U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra in West Palm Beach, Florida, made the ruling on Monday. Judge Marra also rejected the women’s bid to void the non-prosecution agreement, as Epstein’s death made the issue moot. Marra also denied a request for attorneys’ fees. Brad Edwards, a lawyer for the accusers, said they may appeal. In the original case, Epstein was sentenced to 13 months in jail, but allowed to leave regularly to go to his office. The non-prosecution agreement was negotiated by the office of then-U.S. Attorney Alexander Acosta. Acosta resigned in July as U.S. labor secretary as Epstein’s agreement drew fresh scrutiny.

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