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

Less than a week later Ghislaine Maxwell’s lawyer asserted her client got a mysterious”black eye” in prison, a federal judge declined to purchase the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) to turn over videos of an alleged incident involving her attorney-client communications to the accused sex trafficker’s lawyers.
Maxwell’s counselor Bobbi Sternheim maintained her customer’s guards confiscated her legal papers on April 24.
“The court has guaranteed and will continue to ensure that Ms. Maxwell gets the opportunity to meet meaningfully and pleased with her lawyers in light of all relevant circumstances and consistent with the treatment of all other detained offenders in BOP custody,” U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan composed in a two-page judgment, abbreviating that the Bureau of Prisons. “The isolated episode that took place on April 24, 2021, and the serious allegations led by MDC legal counsel and defense counsel in no way undermine the court’s conclusion that Ms. Maxwell and her lawyers are wholly able to prepare for trial. The court is confident that all parties understand the significance of this moving forward and in advance of the upcoming trial.”
Maxwell’s lawyers threatened the prison with lawsuit after the alleged incident and also requested the judge to order sharing the videos shooting it with all the defense.
“In case Ms. Maxwell or defense counsel have the right to view or receive copies of these materials as an issue of law, then they need to be given. To the extent defense counsel is looking for exemptions to all these materials from this court, that application is denied.”
Along with raising attorney-client confidentiality concerns, Maxwell’s lawyers also have accused the prison of intimidating and harassing their client. One of Maxwell’s recent court filings alleged that she got a”black eye” for unknown reasons and did not record it to the guards because of fear of retaliation.
Soon after her arrest in July 2020, Maxwell has been placed on suicide watch and also has been under varying amounts of restrictive watch since that time. Her lawyers allege that the Bureau of Prisons over-corrected to the lapses that enabled Jeffrey Epstein to die in their custody, in what has been ruled a suicide.
“She’s checked at night every 15 minutes with lights shining in her eyes that they can assess her breath,” Maxwell’s lawyer David Markus advised the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit previous month, even at an appeal of rulings denying her bail.
“They are doing it because Jeffrey Epstein died on their view, and yet again, she is not Jeffrey Epstein,” Markus added afterwards.
Soon after those discussions, the Second Circuit’s three-judge panel denied Maxwell’s allure, but their brief summary order encouraged Maxwell to take her up complaints to the trial judge.
“To the extent [Maxwell] repeats relief particular to her sleeping conditions, such petition ought to be addressed to the District Court,” the board wrote.
Judge Nathan did not remark on Maxwell’s allegations about her treatment in custody.
“The Court intimates no opinions regarding 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 scenario, and any other, will be to make sure that the defendant is given an opportunity to meet with her lawyers, participate privately attorney-client communications, and also await trial.”
“Mindful of that obligation, the Court declines to consider further action right now,” it continues.
Nathan ordered the authorities to talk to legal counsel to allow prison officers to make sure Maxwell has accessibility to materials that were overburdened.
“If any additional events appear, defense counsel will promptly confer with counsel to the authorities regarding those incidents and try to resolve any such problems swiftly, responsibly, moderately, and amicably,” the judge added. “If that fails, then the parties could write to the Court collectively indicating their views, identifying and virtually any particular application being created.”
Maxwell pleaded not guilty to allegations of sex trafficking and conspiring to abuse and groom women and girls to get Epstein’s predation. She’s currently supposed to stand trial on these charges July 12, also she’ll be tried individually on allegations that she perjured herself at a defamation lawsuit filed by Mick’s victim Virginia Giuffre.
Read the judge’s judgment here.
(Screenshot from Maxwell’s defense brief)
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