Judge Declines to Over Video Evidence of Dispute Between Ghislaine Maxwell’s Lawyers and Jailers

Less than a week later Ghislaine Maxwell’s attorney claimed her customer obtained a mysterious”black eye” in prison, a federal judge failed to ensure that the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) to turn over videos of an alleged incident between attorney-client communications into the accused gender trafficker’s defense attorneys.
Maxwell’s counsel Bobbi Sternheim claimed her customer’s guards confiscated her legal documents on April 24.
“The court has guaranteed and will continue to ensure that Ms. Maxwell gets the chance to meet meaningfully and confidentially with her attorneys in light of relevant circumstances and consistent with the treatment of other arrested inmates in BOP custody,” U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan composed in a two-page judgment, abbreviating that the Bureau of Prisons. The court is convinced that all parties understand the significance of this moving ahead and ahead of the approaching trial.”
Maxwell’s attorneys threatened the jail with litigation after the alleged incident and asked the judge to order sharing the videos catching it with the shield.
“In case Ms. Maxwell or defense counsel have the right to view or receive copies of those materials as an issue of law, then they should be supplied. To the scope defense counsel is seeking entitlement to these materials from this court, this program is denied.”
Along with raising attorney-client confidentiality concerns, Maxwell’s attorneys have also accused the prison of intimidating and harassing their customer. Among Maxwell’s current court filings alleged that she obtained a”black eye” for unknown reasons and did not record this to the guards for fear of retaliation.
Soon after her arrest in July 2020, Maxwell has been placed on suicide watch and was under varying levels of prohibitive watch since that moment. Her attorneys allege that the Bureau of Prisons over-corrected into the lapses that allowed Jeffrey Epstein to perish in their custody, in which was ruled a suicide.
“She is assessed at night every 15 minutes with lights beaming in her eyes so that they can check her breath,” Maxwell’s lawyer David Markus advised the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit previous month, at an appeal of rulings denying her bail.
“They’re doing it because Jeffrey Epstein died on their opinion, and again, she’s not Jeffrey Epstein,” Markus added later.
Soon after those discussions, the Second Circuit’s three-judge panel unanimously denied Maxwell’s allure, however their brief summary order invited Maxwell to take her up complaints into the trial judge.
“To the extent [Maxwell] seeks relief particular to her sleeping requirements, such petition should be addressed to the District Court,” the panel wrote.
Judge Nathan did not remark on Maxwell’s allegations about her treatment in custody.
“The Court intimates no opinions as to whether some other action or process is appropriate or proper in light of both sides allegations,” her judgment states. “This Court’s responsibility in this instance, and some other, will be to ensure that the defendant is given a chance to meet with her attorneys, participate privately attorney-client communications, and prepare for trial.”
“Mindful of this responsibility, the Court declines to take additional action right now,” it continues.
Nathan ordered the authorities to talk to legal counsel for prison officials to make certain Maxwell has access to attorney-client materials.
“If any additional episodes arise, the defense counsel will promptly confer with counsel for the authorities concerning these incidents and attempt to resolve any such issues quickly, responsibly, moderately, and amicably,” the judge added. “If this fails, the parties can write to the Court collectively indicating their perspectives, identifying and justifying any specific program being created.”
Maxwell pleaded not guilty to allegations of sex trafficking and conspiring to abuse and groom women and women to get women’s predation. She is now slated to stand trial on those charges July 12, and she’ll be tried individually on allegations that she perjured herself at a defamation lawsuit filed by Epstein’s victim Virginia Giuffre.
Read the judge’s judgment here.
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