Ghislaine Maxwell and the Govt fight over her prison conditions

Maxwell: the prison is "permeated with mold and vermin"

Ghislaine Maxwell’s attorneys have fired their latest rounds in an effort to get their client out on bail. As we have previously reported, Maxwell has made a third effort to get released on bond after the Court rejected the previous two.

To convince the Court that bail was warranted, Maxwell’s attorneys downplayed her being a flight risk, explained how they couldn’t confer with their client on millions pages of discovery, and illustrated how Maxwell was living in sub-human conditions.

In response, the government blamed Maxwell for the conditions of her cell - including an accusation that Maxwell didn’t flush her toilet after use.

Maxwell’s attorneys have responded. Here are the highlights:

  • There was a “pervasive stench of sewage” in Maxwell’s unit. This is caused when “the plumbing system goes unused” and “gases escape from the drains.”

  • The government had downplayed the issues with the water at the jail. Maxwell’s lawyers: “I challenge the government to identify anyone that would risk their health by drinking the [jail’s] tap water. Even the guards resort to drinking bottled water.”

  • The jail is “permeated with mold and vermin. Cockroaches and rodents are plentiful.”

  • An HVAC inspector called the legal visiting room - where Maxwell meets with her lawyers - “a death trap.”

  • The government’s releases on Maxwell (such as the accusation she doesn’t flush her toilet) are attempts to “publicly embarrass and humiliate” Maxwell, eroding her chances of a trial by a fair and impartial jury.

One final thing

The court has scheduled arraignment on Maxwell’s superseding indictment for April 23, 2021 at 2:30 p.m.