By Tony Winterburn • 02 September 2020 • 8:11
A lawyer representing other prisoners has said that Ghislaine Maxwell has been allowed a face-to-face visit in jail despite coronavirus rules preventing other inmates from having the same contact.
FOR weeks now it has been reported that ‘ex socialite’ is being held in isolation under suicide watch. This was something her lawyers had petitioned against under the claim the conditions are unjust and affecting their client’s ability to prepare for a trial scheduled to occur next year.
A judge ruled against Maxwell’s lawyer’s application when they requested their client be released into the prison’s general population. However, possibly in a move to appease Maxwell’s lawyers, a few days ago two of Ghislaine Maxwell’s lawyers were seen entering the Metropolitan Detention Centre in Brooklyn for a face-to-face visit.
According to reports, two members of Maxwell’s defence team stayed in the prison for four hours on one particular visit. The alleged ‘madam’ of sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein has been forced to stay in solitary confinement after she lost her bid to be transferred to another prison. Maxwell is currently in the ‘hellhole’ Metropolitan Detention Centre in Brooklyn, as it is known, where she is awaiting trial on a number of charges including recruiting underage girls for paedophile Epstein.
US lawyer Sean Hecker went to Twitter to describe the situation saying, “We’ve been litigating for the Federal Defenders of New York to obtain a safe, in-person visiting option for many months. Metropolitan Detention Centre detainees have been waiting up to six months for such visits. And BOP-MDC decides that the first such visit should go to a wealthy British socialite? Absurd and unjust.”
The Federal Bureau of Prisons has declined to confirm or deny whether Maxwell was the first inmate to receive an in-person visit since the lockdown. Justin Long, a spokesman for the Bureau said, quote: “While, in general, legal visits are suspended, case-by-case accommodations will be accomplished at the local level and confidential legal calls will be allowed in order to ensure inmates maintain access to counsel. We are facilitating attorney client-visitation, as well as judicial proceedings, via video conference, primarily at our detention centres.”
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