Jeffrey Epstein’s controversial 2008 plea deal and the latest in the battle to add a citizenship to the census

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Geoffrey Berman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announces Jeffrey Epstein's charges of sex trafficking of minors and conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of minors, in New York, U.S., July 8, 2019. Photo credit: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters

We look at the previous plea deal that prevented Jeffrey Epstein from facing federal charges related to accusations that he abused underage girls. In February, a federal judge ruled that the plea deal broke the law. The Department of Justice is investigating, and Epstein is facing new sex trafficking charges.

Also: a look at the latest in the Trump administration’s legal battle to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census. Last Tuesday, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said the census would be printed without a citizenship question, after the Supreme Court ruled the government’s reason for adding one wasn’t sufficient. But on Friday, the Department of Justice said it would continue looking for a legal argument to add the question to the census.