Finance mogul and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein shocked the world nearly three years ago after authorities said he committed suicide while in a federal holding cell.
In what some may see as an eerie turn of events, the Washington Examiner is reporting that Epstein accomplice Ghislaine Maxwell has been put on suicide watch as well.
Lawyer issues statement
Bobbi Sternheim is Maxwell’s attorney, and according to the Examiner, he has sent a letter to U.S. Circuit Judge Alison Nathan insisting that his client is not suicidal.
“If Ms. Maxwell remains on suicide watch, is prohibited from reviewing legal materials prior to sentencing, becomes sleep-deprived, and is denied sufficient time to meet with and confer with counsel, we will be formally moving on Monday for an adjournment,” Sternheim wrote.
The Examiner sought comment from the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) for details concerning why Maxwell’s status has changed.
“For safety and security reasons, the Bureau of Prisons does not provide information about conditions of confinement or internal security practices for any particular inmate,” a representative was quoted as saying in response.
“The BOP is committed to ensuring the safety and security of all inmates in our population, our staff, and the public. Humane treatment of the men and women in our custody is a top priority,” the representative added.
“Meager” food complaints
The Examiner pointed out that this is not the first Maxwell’s lawyers have complained about how she has been treated.
They have previously alleged that their client has been subjected to “far more onerous and punitive than any experienced by a typical pretrial detainee” while being provided with “meager, stale, often rancid food.”
Maxwell was convicted late last year of five criminal counts related to having helped traffick underage girls for Epstein to sexually abuse.
The Examiner quoted U.S. Attorney Damian Williams as praising her victims for having “stepped out of the shadows and into the courtroom” to testify.
In April, Judge Nathan upheld Maxwell’s conviction but ruled that three of her conspiracy counts covered the same crime.