An attorney for one of the corrections officers accused of falsifying jail records the night Jeffrey Epstein died said Tuesday that his client was prepared to defend the charges after having rejected a plea deal from Manhattan federal prosecutors.

Montell Figgins, who represents defendant Michael Thomas, told reporters that the offer from prosecutors was “not something he wanted to do,” and criticized authorities for targeting individual employees, rather than addressing “systemic failures” at the federal Bureau of Prisons.

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