Criminal Case Against Jeffrey Epstein Formally Dismissed

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Criminal Case Against Jeffrey Epstein Formally Dismissed
Prosecutors asked a federal judge to close the case after Epstein's death earlier this month.
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A federal judge in Manhattan has officially dismissed the criminal case against Jeffrey Epstein.

Prosecutors asked U.S. District Judge Richard Berman to close the case after Epstein's death earlier this month.

According to the New York City medical examiner, Epstein died by suicide while in jail on Aug. 10. He had pleaded not guilty to sex trafficking charges.

Before closing the case, Berman invited more than 20 of Epstein's accusers to speak at a hearing on Tuesday. At that hearing, he said he was legally obligated to dismiss the case. 

Prosecutors said although the case is closed, there will still be an investigation into Epstein's alleged crimes and that they could still charge possible co-conspirators in the future. 

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN