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Help Unseal Records in Child Sex Trafficking Case
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Billionaire  Jeffrey Epstein was accused of running a underage sex trafficking ring. The public never learned the truth about Epstein's behavior, as then United States Attorney Alexander Acosta declined to prosecute him. State court prosecutors gave Epstein a sweetheart deal. (Read more, "BREAKING: Feds explain sweet deal for billionaire sex offender Epstein.")

Some have speculated that Epstein had damaging information on others in powerful positions.

Prosecutors choose to protect their friends instead of the children.

On January 19, 2017 Cernovich Media sought to unseal records involving Jeffrey Epstein. We filed what's called a Motion to Intervene and Unseal Records (hereinafter the "lawsuit") in case No. 15-cv-7433.

Politico reported on the lawsuit:

The federal judge denied our motion, issuing a ruling that ignored well-established law. 

We filed an appeal, and the case is pending before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals (Case No. 16-3945).

Our lawsuit had storng merits, and the judge ignored well-establishing First Amendment principles when denying our motion. 

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press filed a brief in support of my motion. On their website, they summarized their filing thusly:

"Michael Cernovich sought access to certain sealed judicial records.... The amicus brief argues, among other things, that the district court's order permitting the sealing is contrary to the First Amendment and common law presumptions of access, and there are no compelling or countervailing interests justifying sealing in this case."

The amicus brief (which you may read here) was joined by over 18 media outlets and non-profit groups, including:

  • American Society of News Editors,
  • Associated Press,
  • Daily News, 
  • Society of Professional Journalists,
  • Tully Center for Free Speech.

The Miami Herald, over one year after I filed my lawsuit, filed their own motion to unseal records, writing:  " For over three years, the Miami Herald has reported on and investigated Mr. Epstein and others who were involved in the sexual abuse of underage girls. Recent court filings, both in federal and state court, have raised new allegations about his involvement in a wider sex trafficking ring."

Read that again, and it's not from me. That is from the Miami Herald, "Recent court filings, both in federal and state court, have raised new allegations about his involvement in a wider sex trafficking ring."

What is this wider sex trafficking ring?

I already put up $10,000 of my own money in this lawsuit to find out.

And this isn't about ego. I hope the Miami Herald wins their lawsuit. As long as someone breaks the story, then justice has been done.

100% of all money will go to legal fees for this case, which my lawyers are handling at a reduced fee, and I'll share all billing records with backers.

P.S. Regardless of what one may think of me, pro or con, this lawsuit does not involve any action taken against me.

Some love me, and some hate me. Some of the hate is because of honest mistakes I've made, some hate is irrational, and none of the hate is relevant.

No one forced me into this lawsuit. This case isn't going to make me any money. This is a lawsuit we filed in the public interest. 

And yes, I have a good instincts on these cases. Remember when I obtained court records in a secret settlement involving John Conyers? (Read more about that story at the Washington Post.)

This lawsuit is monumentally important - indeed, that's why the Miami Herald filed their own lawsuit over a year after I did the grunt work and went after these records.

And it's why the Associated Press joined a brief filed by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.

You can read their filing here:

And now the Miami Herald is involved in this case.

This is about getting records that could expose underage sex traffickers.

Every contribution helps.

If you can't afford to, that's totally cool.


If you can throw in to help out more great.

The public has a right to know what is in these court records.

Thank you!

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