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Following Jeffrey Epstein’s death and the dismissal of the criminal charges pending against him, commentators have suggested that federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York might file a civil forfeiture action against Epstein’s $77 million Manhattan townhouse to recover assets for eventual distribution to his alleged victims. Based on the publicly available evidence, however, a civil forfeiture action against the mansion would almost certainly be time-barred under the statute of limitations applicable in such cases, raising the prospect that the government has waited far too long to pursue such a remedy.

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