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Ghislaine Maxwell should be reminded to clean her ‘very dirty’ cell, say federal prosecutors
Manhattan federal prosecutors hit back after an attorney for Ghislaine Maxwell complained about her “damaging” conditions last month, saying in a letter filed Tuesday that the real problem appears to be her inability to clean her “very dirty” cell. and flush the toilet. The letter came in response to a complaint sent to a federal judge in February by a lawyer for the British socialite. Maxwell – who is facing a grooming and girl trafficking trial for multi-millionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein – claimed to have was forced to drink dirty tap water. and eating unheated meals and that a guard “physically assaulted” her during a palpable search at the Metropolitan Detention Center. “The general conditions of detention have had an adverse impact on the health and general well-being of Ms. Maxwell; and she’s wasting away to a shell of her old self – losing weight, losing hair and losing her ability to concentrate, ”wrote defense attorney Bobbi Sternheim, US District Judge Alison Nathan. Manhattan federal prosecutors paint a very different picture, however. In their Tuesday filing, they say Maxwell is at a healthy weight, has no noticeable hair loss, has received the COVID vaccine and appears to be sleeping during nightly checks – but has been warned of the cleanliness issues herself. The unreasonable search was “unfounded,” prosecutors wrote, adding that detention staff warned the 59-year-old of her alleged refusal to keep her prison cell clean or even flush the toilet. water. His former self in prison “Following the defense attorney’s complaint in his letter of February 16, 2021 regarding an inappropriately conducted pat-down search, the MDC conducted an investigation and concluded that, contrary to the According to the defendant, the search in question was in fact recorded. in its entirety by a portable camera, “read a footnote in the letter filed by US deputy lawyers Maurene Comey, Alison Moe and Lara Pomerantz.” After reviewing the camera footage, the MDC concluded that the wa s research conducted in an appropriate manner and the defendant’s complaint about this incident was unfounded, ”their letter reads. “MDC legal counsel has further confirmed that all of the defendant’s pat-down searches are videotaped.” The government letter added that after Maxwell’s abuse complaint, MDC staff ordered the heiress to “clean her cell because it had become very dirty.” Among other things, MDC staff noted that the defendant often did not flush the toilet after using it, which made the cell smell, ”the case continues. “In addition, the accused had not cleaned his cell for some time, which made the cell increasingly dirty. MDC staff ordered the accused to clean his cell in response to the smell and dirt, not in retaliation for complaining about a particular search. and a laptop computer 13 hours a day, seven days a week, “continues to be given more time to review the find than any other detainee.” MDC also examined Maxwell’s email account after she claimed prison staff deleted her messages prematurely. “This examination revealed that the defendant had itself deleted some of its emails and had archived others,” the letter notes. “This review did not reveal any evidence to suggest that MDC staff deleted the accused’s emails.” (According to Bureau of Prisons policy, inmate emails are purged every six months, the filing notes.) Maxwell is allowed out of his cell from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day and into the day room, say the prosecutors, “has exclusive access to the MDC desktop, laptop, television, phone to make social calls or a lawyer, and a shower.” “She is allowed” to outdoor recreation every day, even if she has the option of refusing these recreation if she wishes, “adds the government. “The defendant also has as much time, if not more, than any other MDC detainee to communicate with her lawyers.” Prosecutors say MDC legal counsel informed them that Maxwell’s meals were heated in a thermal oven and that the facility’s water was in New York City. City tap water. When the city conducts the interview, they say, inmates are given bottled water. “MDC legal counsel pointed out that MDC staff, including legal staff, drink the same tap water from the same water system as the defendant while in the institution,” their letter reads. . Last week, Maxwell’s legal team turned to the Second Circuit Appeals Court to seek his release from MDC. The US District Court for the Southern District of New York has three times refused to grant her bail because she was considered a flight risk. In their application for bail, Maxwell’s attorney, David Oscar Markus, compared her to other convicted sex offenders who were released on bail before trial. , including Bill Cosby and Harvey Weinstein. Markus also referred to the fictional serial killer from The Silence of the Lambs. “Since her arrest, Ms. Maxwell has faced nightmarish conditions,” the motion reads. “Although she is a model prisoner who poses no danger to society and has literally done nothing to urge ‘special’ treatment, she is being kept in solitary confinement – conditions befitting Hannibal Lecter but not a woman. 59-year-old who poses no threat to anyone. . For more, check out The Daily Beast. Get our best stories delivered to your inbox every day. Register now! 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