The Daily Mail reports that a judge has just ordered the unsealing of dozens of documents involving Jeffrey Epstein and his associates.
Many are now speculating that the documents may implicate a number of individuals with known ties to Epstein, including former President Bill Clinton.
The documents come from the defamation case that was brought by Virginia Roberts Giuffre against Ghislaine Maxwell. Ever since 2019, at the request of media outlets, documents from the case have been slowly released to the public in batches.
Numerous individuals, however, who are named in these documents have been fighting against their release. These individuals have been referred to as "non-party Does." There were 16 "non-party Does" at the start, whereas now we are down to eight: Does 12, 28, 97, 107, 144, 147, 171, and 183.
These final eight Does have been urging Judge Loretta Preska not to release the documents in which they are named. But, Preska has now overruled their objections, finding that the public's right to the information outweighs the "generalized concerns" about privacy that many of the Does raised.
Preska, however, is going to allow some things to remain sealed. Preska, for example, is going to allow documents related to Doe 12 to remain sealed because Doe 12 is said to be "peripheral to the events at issue" and "not associated with Epstein or Maxwell."
We don't yet know the names associated with each of these Does. We do know, however, that billionaire Tom Pritzker was fighting against the release of these documents. His objections were overridden by Preska.
We also know that Doe 147 is Sarah Ransome, a victim of Epstein's. Preska identified her because Ransome had "put herself out into the public forum relating to these issues" by writing a book and an op-ed about her experience.
As to the other Does, all we have at the moment are hints about their identities.
Doe 183, for example, is said to have been the "subject of intense media coverage." Doe 107, on the other hand, is said to have objected to the release of the documents on the grounds that they would "connect" him or her to Epstein and "unnecessarily invade [his/her] privacy."
It has yet to be stated when the documents will be unsealed. Court watchers expect that it won't be for weeks.
Until then, the speculation will continue about what these documents contain and about who these Does are, including whether the Does might include the likes of Clinton.