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Hundreds of Google employees say they won’t be ‘complicit’ in cloud computing work with Customs and Border Protection

More than 590 Google employees are refusing to “be complicit” in any potential cloud computing work the tech giant might do for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

In a petition posted on Wednesday to Medium, the employees wrote that CBP, along with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), is caging and harming asylum seekers, separating children from their parents and overseeing an abusive system.

After noting that CBP is seeking vendors for a contract to provide cloud services, the Googlers asked that the Mountain View, Calif., company preemptively commit to not working with the agency.

“It’s time to stand together again and state clearly that we will not work on any such contract. We demand that Google publicly commit not to support CBP, ICE or ORR [Office of Refugee Resettlement] with any infrastructure, funding or engineering resources, directly or indirectly, until they stop engaging in human rights abuses,” the petition stated.

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Hundreds of Google employees are demanding the company commit to not doing cloud computing work for Customs and Border Protection. (Medium)

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The petition comes as the company faces multiple problems from within, with employees across the political spectrum publicly calling it out for some of its business choices and practices.

The employees who signed the petition are likening Google’s potential work with ICE to IBM’s work with the Nazi s during World War II.

“In working with CBP, ICE or ORR, Google would be trading its integrity for a bit of profit and joining a shameful lineage,” the petition stated. “We have only to look to IBM’s role working with the Nazis during the Holocaust to understand the role that technology can play in automating mass atrocity.”

The tech giant led by CEO Sundar Pichai has changed course after employee dissent a number of times in the last year or so. Last summer, after a backlash from employees, Google decided not to renew its contract with the Pentagon for Project Maven, which involved drone-targeting artificial intelligence.

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In July, Google stated that it would not proceed with a censored Chinese search engine, codenamed Dragonfly, after workers aired their grievances and lawmakers grilled the company’s exectives about it.

Fox News has reached out to Google for comment.

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Fresno cops interrupt music video shoot, arrest 16-year-old over stolen handgun

The recording of a music video in Fresno, Calif. was cut short Tuesday evening after police arrested a teen allegedly armed with a stolen .40-caliber handgun.

Officers responded to a 911 call reporting a group drinking alcohol, flashing gang signs and shooting the video, police said.

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Fresno police on Tuesday obtained a .40 caliber handgun and 12 .40 caliber cartridges during an arrest.  (Fresno Police Department)

A 16-year-old who matched the caller’s description allegedly was carrying a gun magazine loaded with 12 .40-caliber cartridges, the Fresno Bee reported, citing a police spokesman. The teen allegedly told officers he had hidden a handgun inside his pants.

The gun was a Smith & Wesson model SD 40 VE semi-automatic handgun, which police later determined was stolen five years ago in Cathedral City, Fresno’s KSEE-TV reported.

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The teen allegedly told officers he was an active member of the Fresno-based gang “College Street Bulldogs.”

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He was arrested on multiple firearm-related charges and booked into the Fresno County Juvenile Hall, according to the paper. His identity was not released.

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Buttigieg reportedly helped create a phone tree to alert families about ICE raids

Westlake Legal Group Pete-Buttigieg-AP Buttigieg reportedly helped create a phone tree to alert families about ICE raids Sam Dorman fox-news/us/us-regions/midwest/indiana fox-news/us/immigration fox-news/person/pete-buttigieg fox news fnc/politics fnc article 9d697289-6bc7-5ad8-bc0b-ea774604363b

South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg reportedly helped create an alert system that would notify families if Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raided his residents’ homes or businesses.

The “phone tree,” according to The Daily Beast on Wednesday, was one of several actions Buttigieg took to protect illegal immigrants in his town. Phone trees consist of an automated calling system that helps spread messages quickly and efficiently.

Those would presumably help alert immigrants to the type of surprise raids that resulted in nearly 700 arrests in Mississippi.

His approach to immigration came under legal scrutiny when Judicial Watch, a right-leaning organization, sued the city over a “Community Resident Card” program that Buttigieg reportedly developed with the help of La Casa, a left-wing, pro-immigration group.

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The program allowed residents to open bank accounts, fill prescriptions, and use public services without fear that authorities would find out their immigration status. Buttigieg specifically partnered with local businesses on the program and directed utilities and other services to accept the cards as a valid form of identification.

Buttigieg was just one of many 2020 Democratic presidential candidates who sought to help immigrants avoid interactions with federal immigration enforcement.

A long list of Democrats has criticized the Trump administration’s immigration policy as racist, xenophobic, and even as a way of terrorizing families.

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On Monday, the administration prompted criticism by releasing a controversial rule that would limit green card recipients depending on whether they met a certain income threshold or relied on public assistance.

Trump has also leveled fierce criticism at “sanctuary cities” that refuse to cooperate with federal law enforcement on requests to continue detaining illegal immigrants. Buttigieg has blasted that type of cooperation as “conscription,” although Indiana has banned “sanctuary cities” in the state.

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Videos show unsuspecting tourists slammed by wave at popular Instagram spot

These tourists really got swept away by their Australian vacation.

A group of visitors at Figure 8 Pools in Sydney’s Royal National Park were recorded getting wiped out by a giant wave while they stood on the edge of the popular beach rock pool.

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In footage shared on social media, dozens of visitors are knocked off their feet by a wave that rises more than 16 feet and crashes over the rocks.

Some try to outrun the water, but also get swept in toward the shore.

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Mad scramble aside, no serious injuries were reported.

The spot, an Instagram-influencer fave, has a “Risk Forecast” online, warning people whether or not it is the right time to visit the pools.

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The warning system runs from extreme to very low risk – seeming to taper into a low risk toward the afternoon, after peaking at high risk around 7-10 a.m.

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Such wave-inspired mayhem has happened before. In May, two women trying to get the “perfect shot” were knocked over by one in Hawaii. The unidentified women wound up with scrapes and a broken camera but were not seriously injured.

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Ilhan Omar accuses GOP critics of ‘projecting their filth’ in allusion to allegations against her

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Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., implied on Wednesday that her critics were “projecting” their affinity for incest when they accused her of marrying her brother.

She was responding to comments Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, made, apparently defending the practice. “Gross! This would explain why these weirdos are fixed on smearing me with claims of incest. Projecting their filth, unreal,” she tweeted, alongside a link to his remarks.

“What if we went back through all the family trees and just pulled out anyone who was a product of rape or incest?” King reportedly asked. According to The Des Moines Register, the Iowa congressman was discussing his opposition to incest exceptions for abortion restrictions.

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Omar has denied allegations that she married her brother in an act of apparent immigration fraud. She married Ahmed Nur Said Elmi, whom she said is a British citizen, on Feb. 12, 2009, according to a marriage certificate issued in Hennepin County. Omar said that the relationship ended in 2011 and the two divorced in their faith tradition, but she didn’t take legal action to divorce him until 2017.

The Minnesota congresswoman has become a lightning rod for criticism since her election in 2018.

The president, among others, addressed the accusation in July. “There’s a lot of talk about the fact that she was married to her brother. I know nothing about it. I hear she was married to her brother. You’re asking me a question about it. I don’t know, but I’m sure that somebody will be looking at that,” he said while answering a question.

That marriage was one of the issues Minnesota’s Star Tribune raised when it questioned her credibility in a June editorial.

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As the Star Tribune noted, the state’s Campaign Finance and Public Disclosure Board reported that Omar and her husband filed joint tax returns while she was married to another man. Minnesota law only allows spouses to file jointly in civil marriages, whereas Omar filed with a man with whom she was only married in “faith tradition.”

“It is even more disturbing, therefore, to learn that among the board’s latest findings … Omar, for two years running, filed joint tax returns with a man she was living with but not legally married to. Complicating matters further, she was legally married to another man at the time,” the editorial read.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Former acting ICE director Tom Homan: Attack on immigration offices was an act of ‘domestic terrorism’

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The former acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Tom Homan, said the attack on federal immigration offices in San Antonio, Texas, should be considered an act of “domestic terrorism,” and he warned against the effects of extreme political rhetoric.

The FBI is calling the early-Tuesday event a “targeted attack” after shots were fired at an ICE building where two floors of administrative and executive offices were housed, according to the San Antonio Express-News. The outlet also reported there was also gunfire at another facility where an ICE contractor was located.

“I think this was an act of terrorism. I mean, look at the definition of terrorism, this is exactly what they’re doing,” Homan said during an interview on “Outnumbered Overtime” on Wednesday. “This is domestic terrorism.”

Homan, who also wrote an op-ed for Fox News on Wednesday about the dangers of left-wing immigration rhetoric, took issue with House Democrats for radicalizing their talking points, and said hate should have no place in policymaking.

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“We’ve got to stop the hate,” he said. “They say the Trump administration — all hate rhetoric is coming out of there. No, there’s just as much hate rhetoric, if not more, on the left. So when you sit there and vilify the men and women of ICE and the Border Patrol every day — the media outlets, and the people running for president, and the Democratic leadership, that catches on.”

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Homan said the escalation has risen to such a high level that most policymakers and government workers need some form of personal security, to protect against physical attacks.

Fox News’ Louis Casiano contributed to this report

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Banana-targeting fungus may cause ‘apocalyptic scenario’ for the fruit

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It might be time to say goodbye to bananas. It might also be time to panic.

An “apocalyptic” scenario for the most popular type of banana may be unfolding in Latin America. A strong and incredibly hard to stop fungus has been spotted in the area.

The fungus, a strain of Fusarium oxysporum, is known as Tropical Race 4, the New York Post reports. The Colombian Agricultural Institute has confirmed that a strain of TP4 was found. This caused the government to declare a national state of emergency.

Farmers were ordered to destroy crops in the area where the fungus was discovered and to quarantine plantations. While these extreme measures have been taken, it unfortunately may not be enough to stop the spread of the banana-killing fungus.

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Sarah Gurr, Exeter University’s chair in food security, told Wired, “What we’re having is an almost apocalyptic scenario where we’ll probably lose Cavendish as well.”

Cavendish bananas are the most widely grown and consumed type of banana across the globe. A large portion of the world’s bananas is grown in Latin America, where the fruit-killing fungus has been spotted.

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Part of the reason why TP4 is so dangerous is that it can lay dormant for years. By the time the infection is spotted, it can be difficult to tell how widespread it is. The fungus is spread through the soil, meaning the tires and work boats can help it spread.

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Bananas vulnerable to the strain can no longer be grown in an infected plot, Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The strain of fungus is not vulnerable to fungicides or fumigants, making it almost impossible to eradicate once it appears.

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Pennsylvania to become latest state offering gender-neutral IDs

PHILADELPHIA – Last spring, Deter Rose walked into a Philadelphia Driver, and Photo License Center with a “Request for Gender Change” form. Handwritten on the form was a box with the single letter “X” scribbled in under gender.

Rose, a social worker, identifies as a trans-non-binary individual, who prefers gender-neutral pronouns like “they/them/their” and for years felt uncomfortable choosing between the male and female option on the state ID form.

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Dexter Rose, is a Gender Affirming Services Specialist with the Mazzoni Center. (Fox News / Talia Kirkland)

“It didn’t feel very affirming to have to draw in the box, and then not know if PennDOT [Pennsylvania Department of Transportation] would honor the form,” said Rose, “the whole process was scary.”

Nearly one year later, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is expected to change its policy and drivers in the state will have three options when it comes to identifying themselves on their driver’s licenses and state IDs: male, female, and X.

Rose said the change is a big step forward, and a victory for members of the LGBTQ community.

“This change will give people access, and that’s important,” said Rose.

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According to Alexis Campbell, a spokesperson for PennDOT the change comes in  response to a growing number of residents asking for gender-neutral ID options and “national trends.”

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“PennDOT is glad to offer a license that is inclusive of everybody and can accurately reflect who they are,” said Campbell.

Pennsylvania is part of a growing number of states that are allowing ID holders to choose their gender, or no gender, no matter what their birth certificate says.

Three years ago, no one in the U.S. was legally recognized as neither male or female. Today, seven states and Washington D.C. allow people to change their gender without a doctor’s signature, and 13 states have a policy in place allowing drivers to obtain a gender-neutral marker on their driver’s licenses and identification cards.

Most recently, New Hampshire passed a law creating a gender-neutral option for driver’s licenses, which will take effect in January. Republican Gov. Chris Sununu allowed the bill to become law without his signature on July 10. In Pennsylvania, the Department of Transportation believes it can make the change without action by the General Assembly, said Campbell.

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But there has been pushback by some conservative groups that say the change is impractical and ripe for abuse.

In Pennsylvania, the socially conservative Pennsylvania Family Institute said identification documents are legal documents, which should reflect objective facts, like biological sex. The group also objected to the fact that no documentation would be needed to prove gender identity.

“Proponents of the legislation provide no answers to the many practical questions it raises,” said Michael Geer, president of the Pennsylvania Family Institute, in a statement. “If our state starts discarding biological sex from our identity documents, it will impact law enforcement, insurances, and medical care.”

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Republican lawmakers echoed those concerns.

“It’s an unnecessary change,” said Pennsylvania Rep. Tedd Nesbit, R-Mercer County. He said removing a gender marker on IDs could make it more difficult for police to relay identifying information.

State Rep. Lynda Schlegel-Culver, R-Northumberland County, said an immediate concern would be whether the change would create problems in complying with the federal REAL ID requirements.

But PennDOT officials assured drivers this is a change that is long overdue.

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A National Center for Transgender Equality survey released in 2016, which included 28,000 transgender respondents, found 69 percent of Pennsylvanians in the survey said their IDs listed a gender that did not reflect their gender identity.

Of the Pennsylvanians who participated in the survey, 30 percent said they’d been verbally harassed, denied service or assaulted after they provided an ID that did not reflect the gender with which they identified.

“Everyone deserves to have something in their pocket that accurately shows who they are,” said Campbell.

Rose agreed.

“It feels good to have identification the reflects who really am,” Rose said.

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation said, by spring 2020, motorist in the state who don’t want to disclose their gender will be able to place an “X” on their driver’s licenses instead of identifying themselves as male or female.

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Jada Pinkett Smith reveals she’s the ‘happiest’ she’s ever been at 47

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Jada Pinkett Smith recently opened up about how she’s at an amazing spot in her life, both personally and professionally.

The “Red Table Talk” host told Stephen Colbert on Tuesday night’s episode of “The Late Show” that she’s at peace and has found happiness at 47.

“I really thought happiness had a lot to do with pleasure, and I realized that happiness is about peace,” Pinkett Smith explained. “I am the most peaceful I’ve ever been in my life, so I am the happiest.”

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Beside the popularity and success of the Facebook Watch series, Pinkett Smith revealed that it also brought her closer to husband Will Smith.

“What was really important about Will and I doing that show together — two things — first of all was to get rid of the idea that people in the public eye have perfect relationships. We were kind of sick of living up to that,” she said of their image.

“We were kind of sick of living up to that. We were real sick of it, and then second of all really having myself and Will come and talk about our relationship — sometimes you see just women do it alone or you just see a guy do it,” she continued.

The “Girls Trip” star also opened up about how they both played integral roles in their marriage problems and had to own up to that.

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“Us having coming together and taking responsibility for both of our parts and also Will being the successful guy that he is and being willing to share what his pitfalls were in the relationship and in his family, you can’t imagine how many other successful men called and said, ‘Wow, my wife has been saying the same thing for years. Because you said it, it opened my eyes and because you said it, I’m willing to listen,” she said.

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Pinkett Smith added: “I think a lot of times successful men might feel like, ‘Hey, I know what I’m doing. I’ve had a lot of success in a lot of areas. I know exactly what I’m doing.’ So, a lot of times, you know, you can shut your partner down a little bit.

“That’s one of the blessings of having someone who is full of so much fun and laughter,” she explained. “He keeps high spirits all the time.”

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‘Orgy Island’ to airplanes, Epstein’s assets are up for grabs

While many questions remain about disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein‘s worth – how he made his money, and what happens to his assets with his death – details are emerging about his assets, and where the alleged underage sex-trafficking operation took place.

Epstein, 66, died early Saturday in what officials have called an apparent suicide. Foremost among the assets he’s left behind are two private islands in the Caribbean.

The first is the 75-acre Little St. James, which Epstein bought 21 years ago for just under $8 million. Located in the U.S. Virgin Islands and comprising five buildings and some 70 employees, Epstein gave the periphery of the stone home its own facelift after moving in – razing the natural greenery and installing palm trees that sway in the breeze alongside two American flags.

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A view of Little St. James Island, in the U. S. Virgin Islands, a property owned by Jeffrey Epstein. (AP, File)

On Tuesday, the quiet property – lawyers list it as now worth $63.8 million – could be glimpsed in drone video footage showing the FBI and NYPD raiding the home and seizing computers.

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According to permit records obtained by NBC News, while his high-powered lawyers in Florida were at work on a plea deal over charges around a decade ago, Epstein was seeking to have the interiors embellished with the likes of a Japanese bathhouse and a movie theater.

In 2016 – some eight years after he entered into the sweetheart plea deal with limited jail time and registered as a sex offender – Epstein upgraded with a second island, this one adding 165 acres at a cost of $18 million. Despite a stop-work order having been issued by the Virgin Islands Department of Planning and Natural Resources late last year for illegal construction, per the New York Post, work went on throughout this year.

Think amphitheaters and underwater offices, along with an odd blue-and-white-striped temple with a golden dome. Some reports asserted it was a music studio, while others allude to more sinister intent. Its value: $22.5 million.

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Little St. James Island, one of the properties of financier Jeffrey Epstein, seen in an aerial view near Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. (REUTERS/Marco Bello, File)

While Epstein is said to have referred to his parcels of paradise as extensions of his own identity – “Little St. Jeff’ and “Big St. Jeff” – the islands have in recent years been tagged with less-flattering and more ominous Internet monikers: “Orgy Island,” “Pedophile Island” and “Island of Sin,” to name a few.

But his property portfolio extended far beyond his personal parcels in the sea.

The financier also owned a luxe Beaux Arts mansion on Manhattan’s Upper East Side – worth $56 million – and a 10,000-acre property in New Mexico he dubbed the “Zorro Ranch,” previously owned by former Gov. Bruce King, with its own airport hangar, a stunning 27,000 square-foot pink-hued mansion and a price tag of $17.2 million.

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Zorro Ranch, one of the properties of financier Jeffrey Epstein, seen in an aerial view near Stanley, N.M. (REUTERS/Drone Base, File)

In addition, there’s the El Brillo Way abode in Palm Beach, Fla., reportedly brimming with massage tables, nude photographs and an assortment of toys valued at $12.4 million. Then, too, there’s the Avenue Foch, Paris, apartment in he shadow of the Arc de Triomphe, listed at $8.7 million.

Epstein had been returning from his Parisian digs to New York when the FBI arrested him on July 6 at a New Jersey airport, charging him wth the sex trafficking of minors.

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On court documents, Epstein listed his official residence as the Virgin Islands – possibly to avoid routine check-ins with officials in New York and Florida, given his status as a registered sex offender, as established by his 2008 plea deal. A year earlier, Epstein pleaded guilty to two counts of soliciting prostitution from a minor. He subsequently spent just over a year behind bars, with provisions to leave for work, and avoided federal sex-trafficking charges.

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Jeffrey Epstein’s home in Manhattan, seen last month. (REUTERS/Lucas Jackson, File)

Court filings from his lawyers showed that the convicted sex offender – often dubbed a billionaire – listed assets to the tune of little more than half that. In the weeks prior to his death, Epstein was documented as having $56.5 million in cash; more than $112 million in equities, $195 million in hedge funds and private equity; and a fixed income of $14.3 million, in addition to his properties.

There was no mention on the court documents of two Gulfstream jets he was said to have owned, or of the 200-seat Boeing 727-200, which earned the nickname “Lolita Express” – in reference to the famed Vladimir Nabokov novel about a middle-aged professor who seduces and sexually assaults a 12-year-old girl.

What fate awaits the Epstein empire of things?

While federal prosecutors had endeavored to seize the assets after his arrest as part of the criminal probe, that’s now over; the criminal proceeding cannot be leveled against the deceased.

“The federal government can’t likely take anything from him because he wasn’t convicted of a crime and can’t be tried now that he’s dead. He enjoys the presumption of innocence forever because he can’t defend himself in a criminal trial,” criminal defense attorney Troy Slaten said. “He is most certainly, however, subject to civil actions aimed squarely at slicing up the assets in his estate.”

Indeed, the civil suits will now look to Epstein’s estate. Already, a decade ago, more than a dozen women reached undisclosed settlements against him in Florida.

But the renewed endeavor to claim his riches is likely to be fraught with complications and could drag on for many years, legal experts have said. It remained unclear whether he left a will, and the only known relatives of Epstein – who never married and had no known children – were his New York-based brother, Mark, a niece and a nephew.

“The personal representative and/or executor is in a tricky position in light of the various creditors and plaintiffs who have a financial interest in the estate. The individual handling the estate could face personal liability if he/she doesn’t manage the estate properly,” explained Doug Richards, of the Denver-based law firm Richards Carrington.

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Jeffrey Epstein’s waterfront Palm Beach home at the end of an ungated, palm tree-lined street. (Emily Michot/Miami Herald/TNS via Getty Images, File)

Several legal experts also underscored that the estate could run into monetary woes of its own; depending on how the civil litigation plays out.

“Depending on the outcome, the plaintiffs will have legal rights to portions of the estate,” California attorney Arash Hashemi speculated. “It is always a possibility … they would have to pay off debts and taxes first.”

Moreover, given Epstein’s global presence, it’s not yet clear how many others good he possessed that haven’t yet been documented.

“Usually high-net-worth individuals, like Epstein, have complicated estate plans to avoid things like probable and estate taxes and gift taxes,” Slaten explained. “The administrators of the Epstein estate are now on notice that there are likely many civil suits pending, so it will be interesting to see if they feel they are obligated to not dispose of assets pursuant to the terms of the trust (assuming there is one) until ordered by a court.”

“Give his entire estate to his victims. It’s the only justice they can get. And they deserve it,” Lisa Bloom, the high-profile attorney who is representing a number of Epstein accusers, tweeted this week. “And on behalf of the Epstein victims I represent, I intend to fight for it.”

There’s also a website that surfaced this week – EpsteinHeirs.com

“If you believe you may have given birth to a child fathered by the late JEFFREY EPSTEIN who recently committed suicide, or that he may have been your biological father, please contact us immediately, without delay!!” a notice on the site read.

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Operated by Morse Genealogical Services, the firm claimed to be using court-qualified experts and appointed investigators to “locate missing heirs and persons” – and it came as little surprise to legal experts.

“It’s really a race to the courthouse at this point. Whoever gets a judgment first will be first in line to take from the assets. (But) the most equitable way to divide the estate is on a pro-rata basis depending on the size of any civil awards,” Slaten added. “And there are likely to be many, many civil actions. Some will be meritorious and some will not.

“I have faith in the judicial system to separate the wheat from the chaff.”

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