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

Less than a week later Ghislaine Maxwell’s lawyer claimed her customer got a mysterious”black eye” in prison, a federal judge failed to purchase the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC) to flip over movies of an alleged incident between attorney-client communications to the accused sexual trafficker’s defense lawyers.
Maxwell’s counselor Bobbi Sternheim claimed her customer’s guards snatched her legal documents on April 24.
“The courtroom has ensured and will continue to ensure that Ms. Maxwell gets the opportunity to fulfill wholeheartedly and pleased with her lawyers in light of all relevant conditions and consistent with the remedy of all other detained offenders in BOP custody,” U.S. District Judge Alison Nathan wrote in a two-page judgment, abbreviating that the Bureau of Prisons. “The isolated incident that took place on April 24, 2021, and the serious allegations leveled by MDC legal counsel and defense counsel in no way undermine the court’s conclusion that Ms. Maxwell and her lawyers are totally able to get ready for trial. The court is confident that all parties recognize the importance of this going forward and in advance of the approaching trial.”
Maxwell’s lawyers threatened the prison with litigation after the alleged incident and also requested the judge to order sharing the movies capturing it with all the defense.
“If Ms. Maxwell or defense counsel have the right to view or receive copies of those materials as an issue of law, they need to be supplied. To the extent defense counsel is seeking entitlement to these materials from this court, that application is denied.”
Along with increasing attorney-client confidentiality issues, Maxwell’s lawyers have also accused the prison of intimidating and harassing their customer. One of Maxwell’s recent court offenses alleged that she got a”black eye” for unknown reasons and did not report it on the guards for fear of retaliation.
Shortly after her arrest in July 2020, Maxwell had been put on suicide watch and also was under varying levels of restrictive watch because that time. Her lawyers allege that the Bureau of Prisons over-corrected to the lapses that allowed Jeffrey Epstein to perish in their custody, in what was ruled a suicide.
“She’s checked at night every 15 minutes with lights beaming in her eyes that they can assess her breath,” Maxwell’s attorney David Markus advised the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit previous month, even in an appeal of rulings denying her bond.
“They are doing it since Jeffrey Epstein died on their opinion, and , she is not Jeffrey Epstein,” Markus added afterwards.
Shortly after those disagreements, the Second Circuit’s three-judge panel unanimously denied Maxwell’s allure, however their short summary order encouraged Maxwell to take up her complaints to the trial judge.
“To the extent [Maxwell] seeks relief special to her sleeping requirements, such petition ought to be addressed to the District Court,” the panel wrote.
Judge Nathan did not comment on Maxwell’s allegations regarding her treatment .
“The Court intimates no views as to whether some other action or procedure is appropriate or proper in light of either side’s allegations,” her judgment conditions. “This Court’s obligation in this scenario, and every other, is to ensure that the suspect is given an opportunity to meet with her lawyers, engage privately attorney-client communications, and also await trial.”
“Mindful of that obligation, the Court declines to consider further action at this time,” it proceeds.
Nathan ordered the government to talk to legal counsel to allow prison officials to make sure Maxwell has accessibility to overburdened substances.
“If any additional episodes arise, defense counsel shall promptly confer with counsel to the government regarding those incidents and work to resolve any such issues 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 specific application being created.”
Maxwell pleaded not guilty to allegations of sex trafficking and conspiring to groom and abuse women and women for Epstein’s predation. She is now slated to stand trial on those charges July 12, and she will be tried individually on allegations that she perjured herself in 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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