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Media gathered outside the Southern District of New York Courthouse in Manhattan on Aug. 27, 2019, in advance of a posthumous hearing in the criminal case of Jeffrey Epstein. Media gathered outside the Southern District of New York Courthouse in Manhattan on Aug. 27, 2019, in advance of a posthumous hearing in the criminal case of Jeffrey Epstein. Photo by Jason Grant/ALM

At a stirring, at times searing, and potentially legally influential hearing Tuesday in the Jeffrey Epstein criminal prosecution, U.S. District Judge Richard Berman moved toward ending the case against the deceased Epstein, even as he openly defended his decision to let the alleged victims speak for as long as they wanted in a case that some lawyers argue should have been closed out with a short written order.

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Jason Grant

Jason Grant is a staff writer covering legal stories and cases for the New York Law Journal and Law.com, and a former practicing attorney. He's written and reported previously for the New York Times, the Star-Ledger, the L.A. Times and other publications. Contact him at jgrant@alm.com. On Twitter, pls find him @JasonBarrGrant

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