Ghislaine Maxwell’s family have written to Attorney General Merrick B. Garland asking authorities to stop using four-point shackles to shackle her hands, waist and feet when she is transferred from a holding cell in the courtroom, and that she be given a packet of food and a bar of soap each day. The family also requested that she be allowed to meet with her lawyers for at least 30 minutes before and after the proceedings each day.
The stresses cause bruising, skin damage and other “unnecessary trauma,” the family said in a statement obtained by The Associated Press. They also complained that she received only “minimal subsistence” in the first week of her trial, did not have access to soap or hand sanitizer despite the risk of COVID- 19 and was only allowed to speak to his lawyers in areas where they were likely to be. heard by prosecutors.
“Ghislaine’s physical well-being and her right to have proper and timely access to her lawyer during the trial have been totally ignored,” the family said. “On behalf of their sister, her siblings urge lawyer Garland to step in immediately today to grant the simple, fair and just remedies requested.”
Federal prosecutors allege Maxwell, 59, prepared girls as young as 14 to have sex with Epstein and lied about her knowledge of his crimes when she testified in an earlier case. His trial began on November 29 in Manhattan US District Court.
Maxwell and her family have repeatedly complained about the conditions she has been held in over the past 17 months, claiming they are damaging to her health and preventing her from mounting an adequate defense. Judge Alison J. Nathan has rejected several bail requests, citing concerns that Maxwell could run away.
Her family said they are now traveling directly to Garland as he has ultimate liability agencies involved in the care and transportation of their sister, including the US Marshals Service and the Bureau of Prisons.
Garland should step in “in the interest of justice and common humanity to change the shocking daily regime Ghislaine is subjected to during her trial,” the family said.
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