Judge says jail’s 24/7 surveillance of Ghislaine Maxwell justifiedAugust 25, 2020
The constant surveillance of Ghislaine Maxwell at a Brooklyn federal lockup is justified and not punitive, a judge ruled Tuesday — despite the alleged madam arguing she’s under unfair and “onerous” conditions.
The alleged madam has not provided “any basis for the Court to conclude that the level of surveillance is punitive,” Judge Alison Nathan wrote in an order Tuesday denying Maxwell’s request that the court intervene in her treatment at the Metropolitan Detention Center.
Maxwell has been given hours each day to review discovery material in her case and time to meet with her attorneys out of earshot of MDC staff, the jurist noted.
Maxwell had claimed in several letters that she’s being held under “uniquely onerous” conditions at the jail while awaiting trial on charges she procured underage girls for Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse. Maxwell has pleaded not guilty and is being held without bail pending her trial.
In court documents, the alleged madam has claimed she’s being constantly evaluated by jail psychologists without her consent.
She added that she’s being treated “worse” than other pre-trial detainees because the prison is overreacting to the suicide of her former lover Epstein, who killed himself in a Lower Manhattan jail cell last summer.
Prosecutors have argued the move is for her own safety.
In her ruling Tuesday, Nathan also shot down Maxwell’s request that prosecutors turn over the identities of three victims in the case against her.
Nathan wrote the request is “premature” because discovery in the case has just started.
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