Federal authorities have every reason to keep extra tabs on Ghislaine Maxwell, but her lawyers seem a bit concerned.
The alleged child sex trafficker was arrested weeks ago after spending months on the lam following the detention and alleged suicide of her likely partner in crime Jeffrey Epstein. His death has long been considered suspicious, launching thousands of bizarre conspiracy theories over the course of the last several months.
Now, lawyers for Ghislaine Maxwell are claiming that their client is receiving unusual treatment, and may even be under the supervision of a unique team of guards.
The lawyers representing Ghislaine Maxwell, the British socialite charged with recruiting teenage girls for financier Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse, wrote a motion to the federal judge assigned to the case requesting that she be released into the Metropolitan Detention Center’s general population so she can “meaningfully participate in her own defense.”
The letter, obtained by Fox News, claims that Maxwell has been “treated less favorably than a typical pretrial detainee,” which they assume is the result of Jeffrey Epstein’s “apparent suicide attempt” in July 2019. The letter also claims that Maxwell has been “subject to suicide watch protocols” that include being “woken up every few hours during the night and being forced to wear special clothing.”
But here are the unusual details:
Maxwell has been in custody for over a month and has been “held under uniquely onerous conditions,” the letter read. She is surveilled 24 hours a day by security cameras that are viewed by both “multiple prison guards, many of whom do not appear to be regular MDC personnel.”
“These prison guards constantly observe Ms. Maxwell and take notes on her every activity, including her phone conversations with defense counsel,” the letter read. They claim the conditions in the jail are infringing on Maxwell’s Sixth Amendment right to participate in her own defense.
Given the details of Maxwell’s involvement with Epstein child sex-trafficking operation, her lawyers will likely have a difficult time scrounging up any sympathy for her.
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