Bradshaw wrote to DeSantis that the public interest would be served by an FDLE investigation into the aspects of the case, from sentencing to Epstein’s time in jail.
“Floridians expect and deserve a full and fair investigation,” DeSantis said. In a letter to the commissioner of the FDLE the governor also asked for the agency to take a preliminary look into “matters beyond the work release and into other irregularities concerning the case’s disposition.”
DeSantis assigned the case to the state’s attorney’s office in a neighboring district to Palm Beach County.
Twelve years ago federal prosecutors reaches a nonprosecution agreement with Epstein, which said the Department of Justice would not prosecute him for federal sex-trafficking charges and instead allowed him to plead guilty to lesser state crimes.
During his 13-month sentence in 2008 and 2009, the hedge fund manager was allowed to leave jail to work in an office 12 hours a day, six days a week.
He is charged in a New York federal court.
It was not clear to jail officials if the injuries were self-inflicted or the result of an assault, the law enforcement source said.
The trial will begin in 2020, according to federal officials.