Courtney Wild’s Courage leads to reform giving judges the power to nullify plea deals that violate the Crime Victims’ Rights Act

Tampa Bay Times
By Julie K. Brown, Miami Herald
One of Jeffrey Epstein’s victims now has her name on a crime bill in Congress
Courtney Wild’s relentless quest for justice has led to a bipartisan push for sweeping reforms.

“For 10 years, Courtney Wild waged almost a one-woman crusade against the federal government on behalf of victims of sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, who molested her and countless other underage girls around the country.

Some of that time, Wild pursued justice from a putrid Florida state prison cell, where she was serving a longer sentence for a drug crime than Epstein, who received a plea deal that allowed him to enjoy his 13-month jail term mostly from the comforts of his luxurious office in West Palm Beach.

But a decade later, Wild’s relentless quest has led to a bipartisan push in Congress for sweeping reforms that, among other things, gives judges the power to nullify plea deals that violate the Crime Victims’ Rights Act (CVRA).

The Courtney Wild Crime Victims’ Rights Reform Act of 2019 was introduced in the House of Representatives Thursday by U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif.; Rep. Scott Perry, R‑Penn.; Rep. Lois Frankel, D‑Fla.; and Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., and is co-sponsored by nine other representatives from both parties.”

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