Why would convicted co-conspirator of deceased pedophile Jeffrey Epstein be getting special treatment behind bars?
It seems that disgraced socialite, Ghislaine Maxwell, has received some “preferential treatment” while in prison. Maxwell’s prison situation has been controversial from the beginning, largely owing to her connections to her one-time associate, Jeffrey Epstein, and his apparent suicide. Maxwell has been under intense scrutiny while being held in the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, New York.
Since her incarceration, Maxwell has been on suicide watch, guarded 24/7, and even had her phone conversations recorded. Maxwell’s lawyers were quick to push back against these stringent measures, arguing that no other inmates were subjected to such treatment. Maxwell’s lawyers argued that the 24/7 surveillance of their client subjected her to “uniquely onerous conditions”. Considering Ghislaine Maxwell had her hopes pinned on awaiting her trial from a luxury hotel, a year’s stay in a Brooklyn prison might be aptly described as “onerous”.
Now, it appears Maxwell has not only had some of those restrictions lifted, but that she has indeed gotten some “special treatment” while behind bars. Among the complaints of uniquely unfair treatment, Maxwell’s lawyers also complained that Maxwell’s guard has been interfering with her ability to focus on her defense. In response to that complaint some special arrangements have been made. Previously, Maxwell was only allowed three hours a day to research the documents of her case, now her time has been increased to thirteen hours a day.
Furthermore, and perhaps most incredulous – since prison visits have been suspended due to the coronavirus – the Daily News reports that Maxwell was the first prisoner in seven months to receive a visit from her lawyer. The backlash over Maxwell’s perceived preferential treatment was intense, and only grew stronger when it was revealed that the normally one-hour time limit on visitations had been increased to three hours for Maxwell.
A lawyer who is currently suing the Metropolitan Detention Center for suspending prisoners’ rights to visitations, said the special treatment that Maxwell got was “absurd and unjust,” pointing out that there were inmates on death row and with serious mental issues who have yet to meet with their court-appointed lawyers since the beginning of the pandemic seven months ago. Maxwell meanwhile, has only been behind bars for two months, and yet the rules were bent for her.
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