*Those two correctional officers who were on duty on the night Jeffrey Epstein hanged himself are in a whole heap of trouble as you can imagine. They’ve been indicted.
In any event, Tova Noel, 31, and Michael Thomas, 41 were said to have been allegedly shopping online for furniture and napping instead of checking on Epstein in his cell a few feet away from them.
On Tuesday afternoon in a Manhattan courtroom, Noel and Thomas pleaded not guilty to charges of falsifying records and conspiracy in relation to Epstein’s death.
Specifically, the indictment describes that Noel and Thomas were falling asleep and using the internet instead of performing mandatory checks on Epstein’s cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center on August 10, the night he killed himself.
Reports say that in the aftermath of discovering Epstein’s body, they allegedly told a supervisor they had “messed up” and “didn’t do any checks” in the hours before the suicide.
In the courtroom on Tuesday, Noel and Thomas, who had both self-surrendered to the FBI earlier that day, were supported by about a dozen correctional officers.
They were each released on $100,000 bond and ordered to surrender their firearms and travel documents. In an orchestrated plan, their fellow officers formed a protective blockade to help shield them from photographers as they were released and left the court.
Here’s more via the Daily Mail:
Around a dozen corrections officers who turned up in support of their two colleagues formed a protective blockade around the accused and covered their heads while shepherding them into waiting cars.
Noel’s attorney, Jason E. Foy, told reporters ahead of the court appearance that his client ‘shouldn’t be here’.
Foy took issue with the judge’s orders that the officers had to surrender their firearms, arguing his client had no history of violence, the crimes she is accused of are non-violent and ‘the world is crazy’.
They were ordered not to have any contact with each other ahead of their next court appearance on November 25.
They appeared in court after it was revealed that the FBI is looking into the potential that there was ‘criminal enterprise’ involved in his death.