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A federal judge on Wednesday found a DC prison warden and the director of the DC Correctional Department in contempt of court and called for an investigation by the Justice Department to determine whether the prison had served a January 6 defendant. civil rights have been violated or not. .

“For the reasons stated in open court, it has been decided that DC Prison Warden Wanda Patton and DC Correctional Department Director Quincy Booth are in civil contempt of court,” said US District Judge Royce C. lamberth Governance Wednesday. “The Clerk of Court is ordered to transmit a copy of this order to the Attorney General of the United States on January 6 for a proper investigation into the defendant’s possible civil rights violations, as exemplified in this case.”


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“I found that the defendant’s civil rights have been abused,” Lamberth, a Reagan appointee, said at the hearing. “I don’t know if it’s because he’s a Jan 6 defendant or not, but I think the matter should be referred to the United States Attorney General for a civil rights investigation to see if the DC Department of Corrections violates civil rights.” Whether or not the defendant is doing January 6th … in this and probably other cases.”

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Christopher Worrell, the defendant in the specific case, who is being charged with multiple felony counts related to the January 6 riots, is being treated for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and contracted the coronavirus while in prison. Worrell broke his hand in prison in May and was recommended surgery in June but in August his lawyers say prison officials have not addressed the injury and have only provided Tylenol and other anti-inflammatory drugs.

The judge’s ruling in Worrell’s case came after he found that there was more than an “unforgivable” delay by prison officials in turning over medical documents.

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Last week when the judge learned the surgery was still not done, he ordered the prison system to hand over notes to the U.S. Marshals Service—since Worrell is a federal prisoner incarcerated in a local prison—so the Marshals Service could proceed. and approved the medical procedure. But on Tuesday, the jail had still not sent the records and the judge ordered the city’s prison authorities to appear before the court for a contempt hearing.

A prison lawyer had argued that they were working to collect records to comply with the court’s order before the contempt trial began.

“He needs an operation. He hasn’t got it,” the judge said.

The judge separately punished city officials for cutting the number of rooms in the prison for virtual court visits and sending an inmate to his court a few weeks ago when he did not have coronavirus test results, it said. stating that the prisoner was sent back and forth from the court without appearing before the judge because of the “incompetence of the prison authorities”.

Supporters of jailed people held a rally on September 18 in Washington, Where he tried to shed light on what he said was the disturbing behavior of suspects behind bars.

A federal law known as the Institutionalized Persons Civil Rights Act – commonly referred to as CRIPA – allows prosecutors to review the conditions of prisons, prisons and other government facilities to detect abuses. Or whether there is a systematic pattern of civil rights violations.

The Justice Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Granthshala News.

The Associated Press contributed to this report