Epstein's attorneys said during court filings prior to his death that, since the 2008 case, he had maintained a "spotless 14-year record of walking the straight and narrow, complemented by an exemplary 10-year history of diligent sex offender registration and reporting."

Days after the call with the air traffic controller, a Marshals Service inspector traveled to the US Virgin Islands, where the inspector met with the US Attorney's office. The inspector then asked prosecutors to submit a request, known as a mutual legal assistance treaty (or MLAT) request, to the foreign countries to which the Marshals Service suspected Epstein had traveled without notification. The inspector later submitted a search warrant to prosecutors for Epstein's phone number that he listed for international travel.

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