Ghislaine Maxwell’s family has written to Attorney General Merrick B. Garland asking authorities to stop using the four-point harness to shackle her hands, waist and feet when she is moved from her cell to the courtroom, and she will also receive a package of food and a bar of soap each day. The family also asked that she be allowed to see a lawyer at least 30 minutes before and after each day of proceedings.
The family said in an AP statement the restraints could cause bruising, stretch marks and “unnecessary trauma”. They also complained that she received “minimal nutrition” during the first week of the trial, had no access to soap or hand sanitizer despite the risk of COVID-19 infection, and was only allowed to exchange with her attorney in areas where they are likely to be heard by prosecutors.
“Gislaine’s physical well-being and her right to appropriate and timely access to her counsel during the trial were completely ignored,” the family said. Simple, fair and just remedies are requested. ”
Federal prosecutors allege Maxwell, 59, groomed 14-year-old girls to have sex with Epstein and lied about her knowledge of his crimes when she testified in a previous case there. Her trial began November 29 in United States District Court in Manhattan.
Maxwell and her family have repeatedly complained about the conditions in which she has been detained over the past 17 months, saying they have damaged her health and prevented her from receiving adequate protection. Judge Alison J. Nathan denied several bail requests, citing concerns that Maxwell might abscond.
Her family said they are now reaching out to Garland in person because he has agencies ultimately responsible for the custody and transportation of their sister, including the US Marshals Service and the Bureau of Prisons. .
Garland should intervene “for the sake of justice and common humanity to change the shocking daily regimen that Ghislaine suffered during her trial,” the family said.
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