Manhattan DA’s office asked judge to lower Jeffrey Epstein’s sex offender status in 2011

(CNN)As part of multi-millionaire Jeffrey Epstein’s so-called “deal of a lifetime,” he was required to register as a sex offender in states where he lived, including in New York. The prosecutor’s argument in that hearing has taken on new relevance in the wake of Epstein’s federal indictment on charges of sex trafficking and sex trafficking conspiracy that were unsealed on Monday. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges. The DA’s office says that argument was a mistake based on a legal misunderstanding, and that the office later agreed with the judge’s determination. Still, the issue fits a broader critique of how authorities have handled cases involving rich and well-connected figures like Epstein. The hedge fund manager had previously evaded …