Judge says he will probably decide Thursday on financier Epstein's bail request

Prince Andrew and Jeffrey Epstein

Prince Andrew and Jeffrey Epstein

A US judge said he will probably decide on Thursday whether Jeffrey Epstein, the American financier charged with sex trafficking underage girls, should be freed from jail and allowed to await trial under house arrest at his Manhattan mansion.

Rossmiller also said one of the seized items was a passport that appeared to have been issued by a foreign country in the 1980s that containing Epstein's photo, but someone else's name. They said the level of publicity and Epstein's wealth make him "an attractive civil defendant".

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But defense attorney Martin Weinberg insisted Epstein plans to fight the charges and that if he wanted to flee, he already would have. They argued he should be allowed to live pre-trial at his Manhattan mansion - a home that prosecutors say would be a "gilded cage".

"He's a scary person", one of the women, Courtney Wild, told U.S. District Judge Richard Berman in federal court in Manhattan.

Wild said she was sexually abused by Epstein in Palm Beach, Florida, when she was 14.

Rossmiller said the pictures included at least one woman who has identified herself as one of Epstein's victims. Since his arrest, Epstein has been held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in downtown Manhattan, near City Hall. Epstein was arrested on July 6 after flying into New Jersey's Teterboro Airport by private plane from Paris.

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Rossmiller, the Assistant U.S. Attorney, began his argument by insisting the perceived danger around Epstein "is not speculative". That deal was struck by Alexander Acosta, a former USA attorney who resigned last week as secretary of labor amid a firestorm of criticism for overseeing such a light punishment for a man who allegedly abused dozens of women.

At a bail hearing last week, Epstein's attorneys had asked Judge Berman to free their client as he awaits trial in NY.

The arrangement also would put Epstein under electronic monitoring by Global Positioning System, require him to post a "substantial" personal recognizance bond secured by his Manhattan home, and de-register and ground his private jet.

In a court filing, the lawyers said Epstein has had a "spotless 14-year record of walking the straight and narrow" since he pleaded guilty to similar offenses in Florida, and had shown "perfect compliance with onerous sex offender registration requirements". He is offering to be confined to his home in New York's Upper East Side and has agreed to put his $77 million mansion and a private jet up as bail.

Rossmiller said prosecutors only learned late last week about $350,000 in payments that they say he made to potential witnesses.

"This course of action, and in particular its timing, suggests the defendant was attempting to further influence co-conspirators who might provide information against him in light of the recently re-emerging allegations, " prosecutors said. CBS News' Cassandra Gauthier reports Epstein's attorneys argued that their client has been self-disciplined, in compliance, and has had "no violation for 9 years". He added that Epstein has previously engaged in witness tampering and could jeopardize the safety of his accusers. They sat in black SUVs outside the homes of accusers, questioned their current and former boyfriends, and chased one parent's vehicle off the road, according to police reports and a lawyer for three accusers.

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