Two women who say they were sexually abused by a rich man are using the federal Crime Victims' Rights Act in a bid to uncover details of a non-prosecution agreement between the man and prosecutors in South Florida.
The women say they were left in the dark about the agreement, only learning about it after Jeffrey Epstein pleaded guilty to a single state prostitution solicitation charge in 2008. They won a recent court decision to look at the negotiations and hope to undo the agreement and subject Epstein to new charges.
Here are five things to know about the Crime Victims' Rights Act, according to the Justice Department.
A crime victim has:
1. The right to be reasonably protected from the accused.
2. The right to reasonable, accurate, and timely notice of any public court proceeding, or any parole proceeding, involving the crime or of any release or escape of the accused.
3. The right not to be excluded from most public court proceedings.
4. The right to be reasonably heard at any public proceeding in the district court involving release, plea, sentencing, or any parole proceeding.
5. The reasonable right to confer with the attorney for the government in the case.