The family of Ghislaine Maxwell, the British socialite who allegedly helped groom young girls to be sexually abused by wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein, have asked Attorney General Merrick Garland to improve her living conditions while she remains in jail during her trial.
In a letter to Garland, as reported by The Associated Press, the family requested he intervene “in the interest of justice and common humanity to change the shocking daily regime which Ghislaine is subject to …” The family petitioned Garland directly because, as the nation’s chief law enforcement officer, he has ultimate responsibility over the agencies that handle Maxwell’s transportation to and from the courtroom, like the U.S. Marshals Service, as well as the Bureau of Prisons, who oversee Maxwell’s custody.
“Ghislaine’s physical welfare and her right to have proper and timely access to her counsel during the trial have been entirely overlooked,” the family’s letter reads. “On behalf of their sister, her brothers and sisters urge Attorney Garland to intervene immediately today to grant the simple, fair and just remedies requested.’’
Maxwell’s family asked that authorities stop using four-point restraints to shackle her hands, feet, and waist, when she is moved from her holding cell to the courtroom, saying that the shackles cause broken skin and bruising, among other “unnecessary trauma,” the AP reported. – READ MORE