Ghislaine Maxwell’s lawyer shared a photo of her client using a black eye behind bars on Thursday in a bid to enhance the terms of her pre-trial lockup. Maxwell claims to not know exactly how she got the shiner, and her attorney asserts that she did not want to document it to correction officials for fear that the jail would intensify its restrictive watch .
“Last night, she was confronted with MDC staff due a visible bruise over her left eye,” Maxwell’s attorney Bobbi Sternheim composed in a two-page letter, abbreviating Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center.
Maxwell asserts that she first learned about it after grabbing a”manifestation of her aching eye in the glean of a nail clipper.”
“At the stage, MDC staff confronted Ms. Maxwell regarding the origin of the bruise, then threatening to put her in the SHU when she did not disclose how she got it,” the letter says, abbreviating that the”special housing unit” generally synonymous with solitary confinement. “While Ms. Maxwell is unaware of the cause of the bruise, as reported into medical and psych personnel, she’s grown increasingly reluctant to record data to the guards because of fear of retaliation, subject, and punitive actions. However, there is concern that the bruise could possibly be related to the need for Ms.Maxwell to shield her eyes from the lights proposed into her cell throughout the night.”
The reference into the lights in her cell alludes to the closing eye corrections officers have maintained on her, initially warranted by suicide view.
A three-judge manager of this U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently discovered Maxwell’s attorneys complain that this status has meant spot checks on their clients with flashlights each 15 minutes in her cell, which her attorneys say hinder her sleep as well as her ability to prepare for trial that this July.
“Everybody? They do that to all inmates?” Sullivan asked before this week.
Despite the panel questioning Maxwell’s terms of confinement, all three judges immediately denied her petition to get pre-trial release. Maxwell’s past bond asks collapsed three times in the courtroom of U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan. The appellate court single-page overview order on Tuesday allowed Maxwell’s counsel to take those complaints into the trial judge:”to the extent [Maxwell] seeks relief special to her sleeping requirements, such petition ought to be addressed to the District Court.”
Sternheim took the panel up on that invite.
But Maxwell’s attorneys have hammered home the point that their client is not Epstein.
“The myth that Ms. Maxwell’s terms of confinement are related to her being a suicide threat was put to rest through the oral discussion: There is nothing to encourage contrived claim,” Sternheim composed.
Circuit Judge Pierre Leval, a Clinton appointee, equally empathized with and questioned the amount of scrutiny:”The Bureau of Prisons doesn’t need to risk another embarrassment to itself, that is evident in the section of the Bureau of Prisons, but it is maybe unnecessary.”
Maxwell faces charges of sex-trafficking, perjury and dressing and abusing women for Epstein’s predation. She pleaded not guilty to each of the counts in her latest arraignment.
Read Maxwell’s letter to the judge here.
(Screenshot from Maxwell’s letter to the court)
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