A federal judge found the DC jail warden and DC department directors Wednesday to be derogatory of the court and called for an investigation by the Justice Department to determine if the jail violated defendants’ civil rights on Jan. 6.
“For the reasons stated in open court, it is concluded that Quincy Booth, the director of the DC Jail Warden Pattan and the director of the DC Division, is in contempt of court,” said U.S. District Judge Royce C. Of Lamberth Washington Ruled On Wednesday, “the court clerk ordered the United States Attorney General to forward a copy of this order.
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“I find that defendant’s civil rights have been abused,” Reagan’s recruiter told the Lamberth hearing. “I don’t know if he was a defendant on Jan. 6, but the DC Department should refer the matter to the United States Attorney General for a civil rights investigation into whether he is violating civil rights. Defendants on Jan. 6 … in this and other cases.”
Christopher Worrell, a defendant in a specific case accused of several crimes related to the January 6 riots, is being treated for non-Hodgkin lymphoma and succumbed to coronavirus while in prison. Worrell broke his hand in prison in May and was recommended for surgery in June but his lawyers in August say prison officials have not resolved the injury and only provided Tylenol and other anti-inflammatories.
The jury’s verdict in the Worrell case comes after prison officials found more than an “unforgivable” delay in turning medical records.
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After the judge learned last week that the surgery was not yet over, he ordered the prison system to turn notes to the U.S. Marshall Service – because Worrell is a federal inmate at the local jail – so the Marshall Service can go ahead and approve the medical procedure. But on Tuesday, the jail has not yet sent documents and ordered city prison officials to appear in court for judicial abuse.
Prison attorneys had argued that they were working to gather documents to comply with a court order before a judicial abuse hearing.
“He needed the operation. He didn’t get it,” the judge said.
Judges have separately sentenced city officials for cutting the number of jail rooms for actual court visits and sending prisoners to their courtrooms a few weeks ago for not having the results of a coronavirus test.
Supporters of those in prison Rally in Washington on September 18, There he tried to highlight what he said, confusing the suspects behind bars.
A federal law known as the Corporate Citizen’s Civil Rights Act – commonly known as CRIPA – allows prosecutors to check the status of prisons, prisons, and other government-run facilities to identify whether there is systematic abuse or violation of civil rights.
The Justice Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment from LBL.
The Associated Press contributed to this report