Ghislaine Maxwell, the accused co-conspirator in Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged child sex-trafficking scheme, reportedly had an in-person visit from her lawyers — something other detainees haven’t been allowed during the coronavirus pandemic.
Maxwell’s lawyer Christian Everdell and another member of the legal team were seen walking into the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn with legal papers, the New York Daily News reported.
The report sparked immediate outrage among lawyers who’ve been trying to see detainees they represent for months, Law&Crime reported.
“We’ve been litigating for the Fed Defenders of NY to obtain a safe, in-person visiting option for many months,” lawyer Sean Hecker tweeted.
“MDC detainees have been waiting up to 6 months for such visits. And BOP-MDC decides that the 1st such visit should go to a wealthy British socialite? Absurd & unjust.”
Hecker told Law&Crime the Bureau of Prisons was flat-out “wrong” to allow the visit.
“The BOP’s decision is outrageous. And it’s wrong,” he told the news outlet.
“[T]o learn that the very first in-person visit was provided to a well-connected detainee who has been at the MDC for just two months, rather than to one of the countless detainees who have been unable to meet with their lawyers for close to six months, is distressing,” he added.
President Donald Trump previously raised eyebrows by wishing Maxwell well, saying in a controversial interview with Axios reporter Jonathan Swan that people are still trying to figure out if Epstein was killed or died by suicide in jail.
Hecker said the meeting length between Maxwell and her lawyers was also “disconcerting.”
“And then to find out that attorneys for Ms. Maxwell were given three hours to meet with their client – when the MDC has said that visits will generally be limited to one hour – is more disconcerting,” he told Law&Crime. “There can’t be two systems of justice in this country – one of friends of President Trump and one for everyone else.”
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